Sometimes School Sucks, But Thanks Mom & Dad
Recently I had to re-establish a hard boundary with one of my brood. It hasn't been easy or pleasant, nor do I expect it to be moving forward. However, as I have wryly observed before, parenting is not for sissies. I am not going to go into the story here because I am just don't have the bandwidth nor the energy at the moment, and to be uncomfortably transparent, I'm still not sure I'm handling the situation appropriately and I'm still muddling my way through, as so many of us do.
This latest adventure in setting boundaries reminded me of a post I wrote years ago about Bryn and his then college roommate:
"Bryn, our sophomore in college, called in February. “I just don’t get it, Mom.” One of his closest friends had just withdrawn in the second semester of his sophomore year. He hadn’t gone to class or done a single homework assignment and was clearly struggling. “I tried to get him to go to class and stop playing League. He just wasn’t into it. I hope he comes back. ”
The full post can be found here. In re-reading it, I am reminded that while parenting little ones can be quite literally exhausting, parenting teens can be equally exhausting emotionally.
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Published date: November 19, 2020