For a moment — a brief, delicious moment — it looked like they’d just finished shooting a GapKids commercial. Proud parents, their little girl in a pretty dress, three boys all in matching khakis and button-down blue shirts, all leaving the restaurant across the street. Around them, flowers bloomed, birds flew, and the sun shone bright in the blue sky. All that was missing was a happy, but hip soundtrack by She and Him.
And for that brief moment, my neighbor Susan and I were a tad wistful as we stood in the parking lot where we’d stopped to watch the young family from the GapKids commercial.
“Awww,” I said.
“They must have had a communion today,” Susan added, sighing.
And then, seconds before I was about to say something about missing those days (as we are both mothers of teenagers) the smallest boy fell, the father picked him up, both Mom and Dad started soothing him as he cried, the rest of the kids took off like a herd of puppies, Dad yelled “Don’t run through the landscaping!” and the GapKids moment came to an abrupt and chaotic end.
“Nope, I don’t miss that at all,” I said.
“Me neither,” Susan agreed, and we got in my car and drove home.
8 Reasons Parenting Teens is More Fun than Raising Small Children
- You don’t have to wait until they go to sleep before you can. (Which is good, because they stay up late.)
- No more wrangling tights, snowsuits, or sunscreen on them.
- They clean the mud clumps out of their own cleats. (Likely in your garage, so watch your step.)
- They get your jokes — and Stephen Colbert’s.
- Your family room is no longer decorated in Early Playskool.
- You are more likely to find cash in the washer than Barbie heads and Hot Wheels. (But also iPods and flash drives, which are only sometimes waterproof.)
- You don’t have to host an entertaining variety show just to get through the supermarket without a tantrum over the sale basket full of Lucky Charms boxes.
- They can carry things, some of it heavy.