Raising teenagers

Raising teenagers

February 07, 2018

I am a mom of 3 wonderful boys. They each have their own unique personality. It’s hard to believe they all came from the same DNA. My oldest, Noah is 18, just graduated from High School. He likes to fly under the radar with EVERYTHING. He likes to go unnoticed in class, is happy with C’s, not that social, but is the happiest kid on earth. He always has a smile, never say a bad word about anyone, is respectful, kind, funny and smart. My middle child, Logan is the extreme opposite, besides getting all the bad genetics (braces, glasses, acne, and hairy legs, he is the most motivated kid you will ever meet. He started working at 14 years old at a salt water fish store, he wants to get the best grades, answer the most questions in class and be noticed by all the teachers. He loves it when it’s teacher parent conferences. The teachers gloat all over him and it’s never enough. He has a wicked sense of humor. Now the down side, he’s not as kind, sensitive, accepting like his brother. My youngest is 12, Asher and he is a perfect blend of the 2 brothers. He is funny, outgoing, smart, loving. He too has the braces, glasses and hairy legs.

LOVE & BOUNDARIES go hand and hand

I truly love being a mom, but I love lots of other things in life. I totally respect moms that dedicate their lives to the children. I for one have never been able to do that. It’s not that I don’t enjoy my time with them, but I enjoy my time away from them as well. My kids are very demanding (like most I am sure). Here’s a great example, my middle son informs me that he needs to have a homemade gift for 2 of his choir friends, and I need to help him with it, aka, I need to make it. He gives me zero ideas and then proceeds to tell me he needs in in 24 hours. I being supermom (in my own head) start brain storming and come up with a cute idea, they love music, singing and theatre, so I make them an abstract piece of art with their favorite song written on it in a graffiti look. Another good example, last night my sons inform me they invited 2 girls over from camp for dinner and movies. Fine, no big deal. His request is pulled pork for tacos. Then he calls me while at work and changed his mind, he wants to serve Thai food. Yes, my husband and I both oblige and end up making both. What the heck is wrong with me? Would most parents say no or would they cave? 

Being parents is difficult, when do you put your foot down? Only when they are engaged in dangerous or illegal activity? I have been fortunate, my kids have never been in trouble with the law. Maybe it’s because they are good kids or maybe it’s because I have scared them enough.

I, like most parents, love my kids, love my career and my business. Who ever said we can’t have it all? Right now Bra Bridge is my baby, my new born. Every step we take in the right direction is like a child’s milestone. I love seeing the progress, the wonderful responses, the likes on Facebook, the shares on Facebook.

Please, be the best parent you can be, but also be the best you can to yourself, you deserve to honor your dreams, your interests, your likes. Be kind to yourself.

Judith Samson, Founder



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