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Laughing Through Teenage Turbulence: A Millennial Mom's Through to Family Chaos

Updated: Aug 30, 2023

Captain’s Blog

Tuesday, November 28th, 2022

I am thrilled to report that the crew did not disappoint in the content department this week. This week's lesson: As moms, we must laugh through the teenage turbulence.

The Duchess was delightful, making it hard to keep a straight face while parenting her this week. Tuesday, she was invited to the movies with a group of friends and asked if we could drive one way. Because we lead the most uneventful social life I told her we were happy to pick her up. About an hour later, I got a bit of a panicked call from her regarding who would pick her up. When I inquired as to why we were having this conversation I discovered that we would drive two additional kids home, more importantly, two boys. Obviously, I was the one who would have to go and pick them up because fathers are the most embarrassing creatures on the planet, and it would be social suicide to send him. If I weren’t so annoyed that pick up was at 11:30 pm on a midweek night I would have shown her how embarrassing her mother could be.

Thursday, Relic came home for a long weekend to attend training at Blue Mountain so that he could work over the holidays. We were delighted he spent all his spare time with us at home. I know he was mostly sticking close to home because most of his friends are not around right now, but I’ll take whatever I can. We enjoyed a fun-filled family game night that first night and introduced the Duchess to Scrabble. Playing games as a family can be risky as we are notoriously a competitive group and often can get a bit carried away. Everyone really seemed to enjoy themselves until the final turn when Relic bumped his sister to last place with a letter Y on a triple-word score. She didn’t take it well, ending the game by flipping the board... And she calls me dramatic.

Scrabble board, letter tiles scattered all over the table.  Teenage frustration over losing

We found ourselves hosting a fun-filled Friday night neighbourhood get-together where we made an exciting discovery. We were both shocked and delighted to learn that our British neighbours had never truly experienced music videos. Meaning they never spent their youth watching the Much Music Countdown on Friday nights. Clearly, our new mission objective was to expose them to as many of our favourites as possible. It was hands down one of the most fun and nostalgic evenings we’ve had in a long time; I highly recommend it.

Despite all the fun we had this weekend, it appears the crew has reverted to their raiding and pillaging ways. I was gifted a tin of Quality Street chocolates, and my wretched little crotch goblins helped themselves. The little beasts ate all the good ones!!!! Seriously, I didn’t get one caramel stick or gold coin. I seriously considered making them walk the plank. However, Number 2 gave me a foot rub, so I gave him a pardon.

Sunday, Relic gave me a forehead kiss after I dropped him off, so he obviously got a pardon. The Duchess got a pardon because she’s scary, and I honestly wasn’t interested in engaging in war.

A Captain's Blog is a real-life millennial mom's account of parenting teenagers and navigating a busy family life with honesty and humour. I'm a digital creator who loves to inspire, empower and connect by sharing my personal experience. I am a serial entrepreneur and social media marketing maven who would love to have you along for the ride.

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