My current mission in life is raising a happy teenager. Parenting teenagers with love and logic involves ensuring their mental as well as physical health, what with all the pressures they have to handle in their busy young lives.
So for my parenting post at Parentous this week, I decided to recap what we’re doing to keep our son happy, healthy and stress-free as he juggles his daily schedule. Obviously it involves a lot of practicing what we preach and I love that because it is a great way for all of us to nudge each other when one of us lags behind. The joy and laughter that accompanies these push-pull situations is absolutely enjoyable.
Here is an excerpt of my post about….
parenting teenagers with love and logic
….with special focus on health:
[box] Mission: Raising One Happy Teenager
Now that the excitement of Class X results has abated, a new era begins. Coaching classes, time management blues and oh, yes, school! Class XI is a crazy time for the 15-year-old. Most of them, depending on the subjects they choose or the curriculum they have studied in are likely to step into “college” while others like my son choose to continue in the same school for the next two years.
A number of these students are no strangers to coaching classes – since a majority aim for professional courses whose entrance exams are tough to crack. Thanks to an institute that offers coaching classes for these joint entrance exams that approached the school to choose a handful of meritorious students for free coaching, our son also goes to a coaching class.
Needless to say (but I have to say it anyway) time is super tight. We’re enjoying the last week of his school holidays before the academic year begins next week. While I am quite sure that after the initial time management struggles he will settle down to the new routine, I have to confess that I secretly freak out thinking of how he is going to juggle school, school work, coaching classes and the related assignments and tests and music class with practice sessions. Oh, not to forget his hobbies, being an avid reader and devoted artist.
As my head silently reels, I am thinking of ways to keep him mentally and physically healthy so that he can handle the various pressures that go with his territory with ease. I realize we must have a broad daily schedule that will help him pack in all that he wants to do. Here’s what I have on my list – we do most of these things, but find that it is always a good idea to revisit! I am not going to talk about food since that is a given.[/box]
Please do continue reading my post here: Mission: Raising One Happy Teenager
Life will always have something to worry about. Coping is a necessity. But so is having fun in the process.
After all, healthy child, happy child, right?
I’d love to hear your comments/tips.
Right now, my biggest challenge is keeping my sanity as my son hounds me with the housework list I made. I am letting good sense prevail as I delegate *wink*! Yep – I am holding that thought about parenting teenagers with love and logic!
Am I blessed or what?