parent of a teenager

I’m so not feeling it lately. Last few day my I don’t really care attitude is back… How am I ever gonna lose any weight when all I really want is to watch TV and sleep all day?

I’m so mad and upset with my attitude right now I don’t even want to eat.

Does anyone else struggle like this? I swear, It’s like dealing with a know it all teenager… But I’m the teenager and the parent at the same time.

I know all the right things to say.. But none of it matters to the sullen depressed and angry teen stuck inside of me.

I hate this time of month. I hate being a girl sometimes.

Oakland Tribune, California, October 22, 1922

And the movies are teaching the sort of tommyrot which makes 15-year-old girls think seriously of love and jealousy and marriage with 15-year-old boys. But, you protest, the movies do not show 15-year-old boys and girls getting married.

NO, BUT THEY SHOW A BUNCH OF CUSTARD HEADS OF 30 AND 40 ACTING LIKE 15-YEAR-OLD BOYS AND GIRLS. THEY EXPLOIT 15-YEAR-OLD SLUSH AND GUSH, ROMANTICISM AND UNFAIRNESS, AND YOU, THE PARENTS OF 15-YEAR-OLD YOUNGSTERS GO AND LAP IT UP.

My heart goes out to the parents driving home without their children. To the teenagers with an empty desk beside them at school today. To the best friends who turn to make a joke to someone, only to remember they’re not there. To the teachers who call out the register, only to stumble on a name. My heart goes out today to all those affected by this horrific, barbaric and heartbreaking attack in Manchester.

Nunca entendรญ eso: por quรฉ a los diecisiete aรฑos tenรฉs que decidir quรฉ querรฉs hacer con tu vida? Muchos de nosotros no lo sabemos. Y yo, a decir verdad, estaba completamente desorientada. A los diecisiete aรฑos no estรกs capacitado para decidir quรฉ querรฉs hacer con tu vida.
—  Cielo Latini, Abzurdah.
Dear parents,

Do me a favor and please never tell your child that they look like they’re gaining weight. Just because they may have gained an extra pound or two after a sports season ended does not give you a right to point it out. Trust me they are either confident enough in themselves that they haven’t noticed or they’ve already noticed and they beat themselves up over it every day but either way it will do nothing but tear them down. If you want to have a positive impact on their self-esteem, stress health not weight. If within your budget start buying less processed foods and more fruits and vegetables. Maybe suggest a family hike. But whatever you do, do not, I repeat DO NOT tell them that they look like they are gaining weight.