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Thursday Two Questions #99 Teenage Son - Hanging-out

Most of us have kids, or have friends with kids. They say teenagers are the hardest to deal with. I say, other ages are easy and teenagers are a bit more challenging. That said I have been hanging out with my son MattLove, a teenager, the last few days. Just me and him. Definition of our hanging-out consists of being in the same house. It is consider a pretty good hangout when we both can be in the same location and doing what we love. The most togetherness we experienced so far is eating at the same time. We tried starting a project together, but MattLove, the teenager, ran off bored out of his mind.
I am not complaining, because I like to have a lot of time to myself too. I know he is safe, doing what he enjoys, and that is all that matters to me.

Here are Self Sagacity's Thursday Two Questions #99
1) Have you ever spent a week totally by yourself with a teenager?
2) What was that experience like? / Were you able to handle it?


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  1. Amanda, depends on what you mean by being alone with a teenager for a week. I raised four, but never could be totally alone with any of them for more than a few hours. When I was raising them we took turns having one on one time so each of them had my ear totally to them self at times but like I said the time was limited. I had to work. We were quite creative with finding time to do things we enjoyed and one things they really enjoyed was our family devotions. Teenagers can be very endearing and very frustrating sometimes within a matter of minutes.

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    1. Yes. I meant just totally a one on one with your kids. It's very different when you don't have another half sharing the attention.

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  2. Yes, with five kids and six grandkids I surely did. We mostly would watch TV. No major projects but we would LEAVE THE HOUSE and go for a ride or shoot the BB gun, etc.

    Things get slow sometimes don't they? Good questions.
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    1. Yes, things should slow down, but it really doesn't. It just builds for the next days. This week though it has been a blur and I can't believe it is almost over again.

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  3. Never a full week. The longest time was two days with my stepdaughter. We did an overnight trip to go shopping.
    We had a great time during that trip but probably because we had everything planned out. At home with nothing to do I'm sure it would have been similar to your experience.

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    1. Yes, I think this is a great blessing that I have this time with my son alone. One will never know when they will fly off to a different nest.

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  4. I am currently living with an early teenager, and though we are in the same house, he spent most of his time in his room. We do have special moments of togetherness such as making a meal, watching a movie, or hanging out with friends.

    I know he is there, and he knows I am here for each other if the occasion arises. Otherwise, I think we all need time apart or alone.

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    1. haha. Well, true, you do have a lot of a lone time with having JoJo. It must be so peaceful and quiet for you too.

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  5. I spend many weeks alone with a teenager, but not totally by myself. DH comes home each evening. I really don't think it would be too much different, though. My DS & I get along okay which I'm grateful for. He does his own thingy and I do mine. It's that simple. lol Anywho, thanks for hosting. Life is crazy hectic for me this week, so I gotta scoot for now!

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    1. Yes. The teenagers are off a different specie. They hear what they want to hear and say what they feel like saying.

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  6. I've heard such terrible things about the teen years. I refuse to believe it. I think every family is different.

    1. No. well it depends. There were all those in the orphanage :) But I was a kid. Oooh and then there were my inlaws...they were nice enough. We didn't hang out per se.

    2. So basically no. And I'm sure I could handle it. I'm pretty laid back. Not sure how I'd deal with an extrovert though :)

    Happy weekend to you!

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    1. I think most teenagers in general are very difficult to contain. They have a lot of emotion and dare, but if they are from good family they usually know right from VERY wrong.

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  7. Glad you have some one on one time with your son! I don't have a teenager yet so I can't tell you what it's like..

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    1. I think spoil kids are just as bad as a teenager. Parents have to always cater to their needs. If you know of a spoil kid, it is not much different.

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  8. I haven't spent a week alone with a teenager. I've spent a week alone with two teenagers. I don't think teenagers are that challenging. You just have to know how to behave with them and they're really just kids in adults' clothing. :-)

    You need plenty of activities they enjoy, and sometimes you have to realise that they don't want to do anything at all. When they talk to you, they don't really want you to offer your piece. They just want to talk. And they always, always want to know that you're on their side. So 'rotten' teachers in your book have to be rotten. 'Terrible' friends can never be defended - ever! :-)

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    1. I guess you are right. It is difficult only when they like games and not activities. They rather be alone and not bugged when they are trying to win a game.

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