There are times when parenting is just plain hard. And confusing for both Rosie and I. She wants to be independent and I understand. But what she doesn’t get is this is my first rodeo. I’ve never parented a soon-to-be teen before and this is all new to me. And yes, I’m going to screw it up somehow. Take today for example.
Rosie and her dance team buddies made plans to go to Orange Leaf. After lots of texting back and forth and a three-way call with a lot of yelling. And, some Instagramming and a couple of Snap Chats, they finally came up with a plan. Three times. The first one had me dropping off at the yogurt place. The second I was taking some girls home. And the third involved a brother, another boy and me dropping off at a home so they could walk. UGH.
Of course I had questions. And Rosie got frustrated because no one else’s parents have questions. So, instantly she declared that “I don’t want her to hang out with her friends or do anything….”
I explained that it’s all new. All her friends have older siblings so their parents have already dealt with the “First time at Orange Leaf Drop Off Situation. With Boys. And Walking.” But to me, it was a concept that I needed to wrap my arms around and understand before I said yes.
When she rolled her eyes at me, I couldn’t help but think of that phrase. The one you say when it’s something you already know, that makes the other person feel like a complete idiot. It’s not my first Rodeo? Right?
Well guess what? It’s mine. And yes, I’m just a dumb old middle aged mom. But she did take my advice when I recommended she change her shoes to walk the 2 miles that I pulled up on Mapquest. So maybe I’m not such an idiot all along.
How have you dealt with new and uncomfortable situations?