I have three beautiful children, one of which is currently in his teenage years.
We are striving to be good parents while balancing and honouring the developmental stages of adolescence through to young adulthood. Lately, we have been blessed to have a basement full of teens at our home.
I am honestly so happy that my kids want to hang at our house with their friends. There are many places they can be, and many other things they could be doing. I’ve been very lucky to have a teen who is kind, respectful and hard-working and who isn’t too embarrassed of his old parents.
Anyway, this past weekend he had some people over and they were quickly ushered to the basement. I always say hi, and know each kid by name. I popped down quickly to ask if they were hungry. When they said yes, I insisted they eat some chicken wings as that was really the only snack food I had. I will be stocking up on chips and pop for them from here on in. (Note to moms of teens: Food is KEY).
My hilarious husband also loves seeing the “kids” stop over to visit. It doesn’t always feel that long ago that we were at that age. It’s good to remember what it was like. Teen years can be tough and are full of ups and downs.
As the parade of them went downstairs, he shouts down “okay, guys – NO SPILLS, NO THRILLS” ….. I looked at him and doubled over, laughing.
“Seriously” I gasped as I caught my breath from laughing … “No spills, no thrills?” and I was immediately reminded of the stepdad Gary from Jimmy Fallon’s infamous Sara (no “h” because “h’s are ew”) skit.
If you haven’t seen this, check it out on ABC or on YouTube. It’s ridiculously funny and many celebs have joined Jimmy (Sara)…
If you haven’t seen this skit, you may be wondering how it relates to my husband and my teenager…
Insert the character GARY here.
Gary often stops down to check in on the “girls”, and speaks in rhyme among other cringy and embarrassing-to-a-teenager things.
The day that my hubby offered his rhyming advice, he happened to be wearing a sweater with some geometric prints, I kid you not. haaaaaahahahaha. Thanks memegenerator.net for this wonderful meme.
Anyway, we giggled and the joke has lasted a good few days. My hubby assured me that he spoke with my son and that he thought nothing of it. (snicker).
Either way, it was good for a laugh and what else is there in life if we can’t have fun and laugh through all of these stages and seasons of life. I just hope and pray that my son continues to make good decisions, stays safe and healthy, and I hope he always sees home as a place where he and his friends are always welcome.
Even if his old parents are a little “EW”.