Lately I have been thinking about the differences between being a teen when I was younger and being a teen now. I really worry about raising teenagers in thisI often wonder if my mom and dad were as scared to raise me then as I am now. Things are so different. There are so many things that I didn’t have to worry about as a kid that kids have to worry about now. True some things will never change for kids because kids will be kids but at the same time this new stuff is something else. I just hope that The Husband and I can get our kids through these tough years as unscathed as possible.
My daughter called me highly upset yesterday because one of her friends threatened to kill herself because she was being bullied at school. She did the right thing and told the proper authorities. It was a scary situation because there was already a suicide at the school this year. Being a victim of bullying myself I know that kids can be relentless. Now kids can even take their bullying to a whole new level and bully from the internet. It is just scary.
Another thing that I find worrying about raising teenagers in 2014 is there seem to be more & more news stories about kids bringing guns and other kinds of weapons to school. In fact a few weeks ago we were the recipient of such news. A student at my children’s school brought a weapon. The situation was handled but to get that letter is just not something you want to get.
Fashion is another thing. Am I the only one that is noticing that clothes for young girls are getting tighter and shorter. The Husband and I have spent hours in the store with Nishe’ trying to find clothes especially pants and shorts that don’t look like they are painted on and as far as shorts that are long enough for her to wear. I for one don’t want my daughter going to school or even walking outside with her butt cheeks showing. In most cases we purposely buy her clothes a size or two larger so that they aren’t as tight. I don’t think it should be that hard to find age appropriate things.
Then there are the recent amount of school shootings that have been taking place. There is no more sending your children to school and thinking they will at most have to worry about them being bullied but now you have to worry about children being pushed to the point where they believe the only way out is to shoot up a school.
I am constantly worried about my babies and their well being. But I know all I can do as a mom is guide and protect them the best that I can. The truth is I can’t protect them from everything. They have to go into the world so I have to allow them. The thing is I also have to find a way to be okay with knowing those things are out there and there are even more dangers to worry about outside of the things I listed.