Earlier this week, I wrote about my first ever blogging wobble. With my youngest child now a teenager and my eldest fast approaching adulthood, I’ve started to question whether I should still be blogging about them.
But I love blogging. It’s a great outlet for getting thoughts and feelings out, as well as connecting with parents in a similar situation. I had some great suggestions of slightly different directions I could take my blog in – and you will probably spot a few of those in the coming months.
But the biggest thing that came out of it was other bloggers who have teenagers saying they could relate. There’s not many of us about for various reasons – a big one being that we just don’t feel comfortable talking about our kids online any more. Those stories are not ours to share, they are our kids’ stories.
For many parents, the teenage years are the hardest. Whether it’s problems with school, bad behaviour at home, drinking, friendship and relationship issues or mental health problems, teenagers have a lot to deal with. And parents are with them every step of the way – picking up the pieces, drying the tears and being at the sharp end of a teenage meltdown.
This is a lot for us parents to cope with too, while also juggling the demands of our other kids, as well as work and running a home. If you can’t talk about what your family is going through, it can feel very isolating. We can feel like we’re the only ones dealing with these issues. Perhaps our kids aren’t normal?
How can we know if we can’t talk about it?
So I’m offering my blog as a safe space. If you want to offload about anything to do with your teenagers that you don’t feel comfortable talking about on your own blog – you can use my blog anonymously. It can be a place for other parents to connect and a reminder that they’re not the only ones.
The teenage years may be tough. But we don’t have to stay silent about it and we don’t have to go through it alone.
I am offering space on my blog to parents of tweens, teenagers and young adults aged 10 right up to 25, who want to talk about what they and their children are going through. If you would like to share your story in complete confidence, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org