This post is sponsored by the Center for Parent and Teen Communication. Any opinions are 100% my own.
THEN AND NOW – MY SWEET BOY
Back then, you could watch dozens of building block videos, then recreate them yourself on the living room floor while you beamed proudly at your creations. Back then, you were always running and going at full speed, your little legs racing you around parks, through the zoo, and down the block with me chasing (and sometimes yelling) behind you. Back then, you always pointed out police officers and made sure to say hello and strike up a conversation about how you wanted to be a cop when you grow up.
Now you’ll watch hours of videos of people playing video games, then master those games with the tips and tricks you learned resulting in enormous amounts of pride. Now you’re always active with football, and basketball, and riding your book. Now you’re the student in class that teachers rave about because you listen and you keep yourself out of trouble situations because you try hard to follow the rules.
THEN AND NOW – MY SWEET GIRL
Back then, you would spend hours playing dress-up and beg to wear your costumes to the grocery store. Back then, you were a sassy, talkative, opinionated child who always had something to say. Back then, you always wanted to help injured birds, gently play with rollie pollies, and let the lightning bugs go.
Now you’ve become a young woman who has her own fashion sense and is confident not wearing the trends. Now you’ve become a young woman who isn’t afraid to use her voice and created the Human Rights Club for her high school classmates and was accepted to the community Youth Leadership Group. Now you’ve become the young woman who adopted a cat from the animal shelter last month and talks about adopting children one day.
We can’t stop it. Little kids turn into teenagers. I’m not gonna lie…this video made me wet in the eyes and brought my heart to my throat.
The video pairs perfectly with this article from Dr. Ken Ginsburg at the Center for Parent and Teen Communication. This new resource for parents of teens is going to be an amazing guide for all of us along the journey of parenting. When we are in the thick of it with teenagers it’s easy to forget all the things we loved about them when they were little but if we look, those things are repeating themselves in different ways during the teen years.
What are your THEN and NOW moments with your teenager(s)?