Practice what you preach or your teen will kindly correct you…

Indy's art

Indy’s art

As my girls get older I am finding that my “sound and sensible” advice is being fed back to me a little too often.  They now enjoy quoting “me” to highlight my few weaknesses and this can be a painful process!

Take the example of the tidy bedroom, unfortunately, I am still failing to persuade Indy to tidy anything, including her bedroom.  Her recent excuse being her art GCSE and to some extent, this excuse worked for several weeks, the products are above.  However, the inevitable result was the deterioration in an already chaotic state!  The challenge continues and will probably be a theme for this blog.

Apparently, according to my husband, I am not the tidiest person even though I believe I am.  Apparently Sophie can tell exactly what I’m having for lunch by visiting the kitchen as soon as possible made my sandwiches as implements & food are scattered around the kitchen worktop.

So when persuading Indy to do the tidying, my argument is somewhat weakened when daughter number one defends her sister by highlighting my own “areas for improvement”.

In contrast to Indy, Hattie is naturally tidy, she enjoys sorting out and tidying up, it is her bedroom which consistently wins the “tidy bedroom competition” we have now introduced on Wednesday morning (yet another tactic).

Why we all behave the way we do is fascinating so as well as my Surviving Teenagers Programme I am developing a new type of Programme for parents of teenagers which will provide unique insights into why teenagers behave the way they do.

I now understand why I parent the way I do, why Indy struggles to keep her bedroom tidy and why Hattie always has a tidy bedroom – watch this blog for more information.

Indy's art

Indy’s art

About Ruth James

I am a mum with 3 teenage daughters who is running and organising the Surviving Teenagers workshops locally - these are ideal for parents with children aged 10 - 18yrs.
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