Yes I know it is one of the most rewarding jobs blah, blah, blah but I swear it is also one of the most challenging.  I vaguely remember a time when they just ate, slept, cried, smiled and pooped, which was then repeated many times daily.  Oh, now that I think about it nothing much has changed, but what is with the having an opinion?  Don’t get me wrong, I am all for embracing and encouraging you to speak your mind and disagree with certain things but that is only if you are in agreement with me and if you are at least 20!

I don’t want to sound like one of those aul dolls saying ‘in my day,’ but yes, in my day you got up from a seat to let an adult sit down, kids did not get to listen in on adult conversations, you wouldn’t dare tut, sigh or answer back unless you wanted a wet dishcloth connecting with the back of your leg or a wooden spoon or the back of a slipper – now I am in no way condoning this type of behaviour when you gave back chat but…….

It’s the hormones and the drama that I can just about get my head around – you go into the kitchen to make a cuppa, you come back out and all hell has broken loose.  He said, she said, that’s not fair, nobody understands, DONT LOOK AT ME!  Do you know it was all fine and dandy when I was the only one who would throw a strop or cry at the drop of a hat without feeling the need to justify it (time of the month and all that), but now I have a bit of competition and boy can that competition be fierce.

Putting all that aside, growing up as a teenager is never easy but today’s generation I feel have it even tougher.  The era of living a life through social media, whereby every selfie they have ever taken or any comment they have ever made is there forever.  Their innocence is taken away so much sooner because the internet is so full of porn and violence plus they can never get away from horrible situations like cyber bullying.  What about down time?  If you look at your child’s calendar is there much space for time out between school, homework, after school activities or even jobs?  There is just so much pressure on today’s kids and if I was given the choice of being a teen in the 80’s or today I would take the 80’s every time.

Now you will have to excuse me, WW3 has just broken out upstairs!

Be Kind To Yourself & Stay Inspired

Amanda R x




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