Does Your Parenting “style” evolve?

We have been parents for almost 14 years. That’s a shocking statement all on its own. I can’t believe that our oldest child is almost 14! Time sure does fly when you’re having fun! Looking back over the years I can’t believe how much our parenting style has changed.

Sure, I knew as the kids got older things would change and we would change, but it seems as though I’ve lost myself. Not so much my personality or the things I enjoy, but I feel as though I’m losing that Mom side of me. I wrote about being a parent of older children is hard and it’s true, but what I didn’t think about is my role in their lives. Continue reading

Being a Parent of Older Children is Hard

The last days of school are upon us. The kids have a week and then they are out of school for summer and I’m just starting to realize that  I’m going to be a parent of an incoming Freshman in High School (how has this happened?!?) and a Fourth Grader. It’s a daunting idea, lemme tell ya. I don’t even know where to begin with how I actually FEEL about the Girl starting High School in August. I was so overwhelmed at the 9th Grade Parent information night that I feel like I shut down and I still don’t know if we’re doing the right thing, or if we even signed her up for the correct classes. Well, all of the core stuff, we know we’re good with the band classes.

Since she is in the band we have already had a little taste of what High School will be bringing. Last night we had a Band Parent information night, picked up her marching band instrument and realized that we just said good-bye to our social life for the next 4 years. And that’s just for band. That’s not including the Boy and his activities on top of the band schedule.

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