My youngest child turns thirteen today, which means I am living with three teenagers. I tell people this with a smile and they express sympathy for my situation, but they don’t need to. I am delighted. We have fun almost every day. Teenagers get a bad rap. Here are my favorite things about them.
1) They are incredibly creative. They are not as burdened as adults are with “….but we’ve always done it this way.”
2) They have a sharp nose for hypocrisy. If your actions are not consistent with your spoken values, your teenager is the person most likely to point it out to you. Not your mom, not your spouse, not your best friend. This can be annoying. But if you are on a self-improvement path, it is essentially free counseling.
3) They do their own laundry.
4) They are involved in all sorts of stuff that I would never have thought to get involved with on my own. I get drug along for the ride and sometimes, I like it better than the kids. Like Tae Kwon Do. Or getting asked to be in one of the movies film club made. Or helping the Latin Club Olympics.
5) They mow my grass. I don’t even have to ask. I only have to pay them.
6) They have rational opinions about current events and ethics and the origins of the universe and they will discuss it with you (and each other when you aren’t even there.) Much better than the earlier discussions, “Is to.” “Is not.” “Is to.”
7) I don’t have to mop the floor after every meal.
8) They introduce me to new music. Though sometimes they are just trying to reintroduce me to a band I haven’t listened to in a while. “Mom-have you ever heard of a band called Foreigner?”
9) They eat the leftovers.
10) They have amazing energy, and hope, and despite the world not being a perfect place, optimism.