The hardest part about being a parent of a teen…

by Lynn on August 31, 2010

I waited by the window for hours. I had good reason.

It was the first time my daughter was away for a high school event. She and her volleyball team had a sleepover at school. They were going to stay up late, play games, eat junk food, and get to know each other. I couldn’t wait for her to return.

My daughter is going to be a high school freshman.
I can hardly believe I’m writing those words.

As I stared out the window, I wasn’t yearning for the days when my daughter was little. Rather, I was afraid that I’d miss a minute of who she is now. In fact, if someone warns you about the teenaged years, don’t believe them. Teens are wildly funny, incredibly interesting, adventurous, and sweet. Parenting a teen is a lot of fun.

It’s amazing to watch your kids begin to turn into young adults.
The only downside is that they spend a lot of time away from home.
I asked my husband if I could go get her…

…but he said that I had to wait until morning.
So I resumed my post.

The hardest part about being the parent of a teen…
is missing them when they’re gone.