the ‘rents

Reproduction is part of life, I get that.  Learning and making choices is too.  There comes a point in everyone’s life where they feel the need to cut the umbilical cord.  Growing up it seems like the fairy tale of the American dream is laid out on a silver platter.  Then one day your walking across that stage and some old guy is shaking your hand and giving you a diploma and then the sun goes dark, its starts to rain and then you think “oh shit, what now?”  You wake up the next day and don’t know what to do with yourself because you don’t have to get up at the crack ass of dawn to get ready for school.  So you spend your first summer as a high school graduate hanging out, partying it up and drinking em down and as the summer comes to an end, life begins.

As parents, when its your baby leaving the nest you have two choices.  You can be controlling and judgmental or you can be supportive and proud.  I’m pretty sure being controlled is how and why teenagers and young adults rebel.  Once you turn 18, you get it in your head that no one can tell you what to do so the harder they push, the faster and further you pull away.  However when you are lucky enough as a parent to have a child that has goals and dreams and the drive to reach for what they want, you should embrace that you did a good job raising your offspring and be proud that he/she isn’t on drugs or married to some douche bag.

I guess what I’m getting at is that I’m pretty sure parents forget what its like to be a teenager.  They seem to forget that no matter how dumb the coming generation is they do have plans.  They forget how wonderful it is to be free and in control and how awesome it is when your plans work out.  Most importantly they forget that even though you know everything when your fresh out of high school it helps to have support.  It’s amazing to have someone pat you on the back and express how proud of you they are.  No one wants to fight all the time and fighting is not gonna make your baby come fleeing back home to let mommy make it all better.  Better yet, I’m pretty sure a college education doesn’t just appear after two months…

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