However at times it can feel like a crazy balancing act…Do they need more grace? Do they need space, or hugs, or advice, or WHAT!!!??? **If you have enjoyed this post, or think your friends could benefit–Please share to Facebook, Pin to Pinterest etc! (and how you might be part of the problem.) Also: a full series on the topic of parenting teen (and pre-teen) boys–see this post to find a list of related posts.

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Next Saturday, Josiah will swagger his way into fifteen. I mean, I love my kids at every stage, but certainly some years nearly killed me. So…I’ve been thinking a lot about these years–and how be the mom they need right now. Some days they just need to figure out what feels right. They may resist rules, but deep down they feel safe when there are clear-cut rules without exceptions. I’m not talking about phony, contrived encouragement ( Our kids are watching us.

Now that my boys are developing into young-version human beings…It’s all making sense. God only knows I’ve messed up enough in every other stage, and I only hope they can forget about my mistakes. Today my son becomes a teenager, and tomorrow he’ll be packing for college (God willing. Between conversations with other moms, plenty of books on the subject, and talking to my boys directly, I have come up with what I think are the eleven most important things… Make them clear and consistent, and have absolute consequences in place for when they break rules. Even the quietest ones will open up when given the chance. They get a lot more of an idea about what is right, wrong, good and bad from what you do than what you say. No, you’ll never be perfect, and you can tell your kid that–but don’t use that fact as an excuse to be lame. If you teach them to speak well of others, make sure you do the same. To listen, or discipline.share a joke, or a hug…you need to be in close proximity to your kids.

No swearing or Your teenage son will likely pull away from you physically, and that is normal, albeit painful. Though I did not go into that on each point, it is just a natural part of all we do. If you’ve invested in the early years, then the doors will be open and they will trust and respect you as teenagers too.

But even the most rigid, sulky teenage boy needs hugs from Mom. Create a “hug a day” rule or something that makes it routine and normal. Finally: If you’re like me, you’ll love parenting your teenage son. Share in comments anything you would like to add, or a question, experience, or suggestion for other moms too. Here’s a more recent post about When your teenager is pulling away from you.

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:)) He won’t forget these years, and neither will I. It happens almost every day, and sometimes many times a day: Teenagers are always changing. Get them alone, in the car or wherever you can, and make it clear that you WANT to hear about their interests, and their lives. This may be my very favorite thing about these years. Believe in him with your heart, and tell him that you do. For those moms that work long hours or cannot be physically involved in your children’s lives, I encourage you to creatively find solutions for this.

Be patient, and try different times and places until you figure it out. No more knock-knock jokes or bad made-up jokes that never seem to come to a conclusion. There’s hardly anything like the bond of a good laugh with my boys. They’ll get insecure and do stupid things because of it. You are their greatest resource they have, and they need your direction. ) The world will yell and scream all kinds of negatives to your son. You will never regret making sacrifices or adjustments so that you can be present for your children when they need you.

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