Friday, April 27, 2012
The morning of my first day off I was so excited. I was thinking to myself: I am truly game for anything! If both the kids would have said “Let’s go to Sea World!” or Austin, or even Cancun, I would have tried to make it happen. I had some extra money saved up and this would have been the perfect occasion to spend it.
My twelve-year-old daughter and fourteen-year-old son finally woke up around noon and stumbled down the stairs, but I wasn’t worried because we still could catch a late flight somewhere. I fixed them both something to eat and then reminded them I had off work and the sky is the limit. “What are we doing today and for the rest of the week?” I asked.
My son said, “Well my friends are on their way over and I’m heading to the rec. center with them.” I turned to my daughter and asked her what she wanted to do. She said her friend was on her way over and she wanted to spend the night out. I told the kids again the sky was the limit and let’s do something fun. About an hour later both the kids were gone for the day and I was sitting on the couch having a pity party by myself.
I know it seems like friends are the most important people in a teen’s life, but what are some suggestions for spending quality time with kids?
Shannon Strenger, BSN, RNC-OB, is a nurse manager in the antepartum unit at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano and Mom of two teenagers.