This Thanksgiving I Choose to Be Thankful For My Teenagers

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Some days it’s really hard to be grateful for teenagers. So as we approach Thanksgiving, I pause to share my gratitude for these moody, irritable, creatures that have moved into my once peaceful, easy going home.

Maybe in a few years when I am looking back at the teenage years, I will have more profound things to say, but this is the best I can do for now…

I am thankful my teenagers sleep in! I remember the days we were up at 6:20 Every. Single. Morning.  No matter how late we were up these sweet babies would wake up at 6:20 with the energy of a freight train! So yes. Today I am thankful they sleep in!

I am thankful my teenagers tell me when I look hideous. They always have an opinion about fashion and I am glad they keep me somewhat in line.

I am thankful my teens have big dreams and are so confident that all of their dreams are within reach! They know everything and are the expert in all things!

I am thankful that my teens are passionate. That’s the nicest word I can think of for the crazy ups and downs of mood and attitude around this house! I am somewhat hopeful that they will find a way to channel all that intensity into something besides being annoyed with me!

I am thankful my teenagers keep going. Even after what seems like tragedy after tragedy, world crisis after world crisis these teenagers keep wanting more from life. They want to make a difference. They want to travel. They want to stay up all night so they don’t miss any exciting thing. They keep going. They have energy and are ready to tackle the world.

I am thankful my teenagers are so stinking smart with technology! My teenagers can operate the TV remote control!!! What am I going to do when I want to watch TV and they are all gone in college??

I am thankful that teenagers challenge me to think differently. I welcome them challenging me. OK, that’s a lie. But I try to remember that when they challenge me it helps us both grow and change.

I am thankful teenagers have taught me patience. They don’t have ANY. None. Zero. But they have taught me to find it.

I am thankful they are free spirits and have a creative vision. I don’t know what the state of their room is expressing, but I am glad it makes them happy and that they seem to thrive in the chaos!

I am thankful my daughter and I wear the same size shoe. She has a lot of great shoes!!

What are you thankful for?

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Joy Hartman is passionate about empowering teens to become strong, confident adults! She works with teens of all ages as a family therapist in Wisconsin and has the unique experience of raising three moody, eye-rolling teenagers of her own. For more fun and support on this crazy roller coaster ride of parenting teenagers, join Joy and hundreds of other parents at: or Facebook


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