Top 10 reasons we love our teens

9 Sep

What are the Top 10 reasons we love our teens?  

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10. They are still afraid of the dark and call for us in the middle of the night. 

9.  They will be leaving the nest soon and we’ll deeply miss them. 

8. They can drive us around town now. 

7. We get to see the fruits of our labor in action. 

6. They have kind hearts that are so easily broken. 

5. They are excited for their futures and their eyes hold so much promise. 

4. They can now earn their own money! 

3. They are learning to appreciate and accept what their parents do for them. 

2. To teach them how to love their own children.

 

And the number one reason we love our teens

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 1. Because they are certain that we don’t at times. 

What would you add to this list?  

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81 Responses to “Top 10 reasons we love our teens”

  1. Tanya M March 4, 2014 at 7:38 pm #

    These are wonderful. My son will be a teen soon and I am too painfully aware about #9. Thanks for sharing with my Small Victories Sunday linky!
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  2. Lisa Nolan March 1, 2014 at 6:36 pm #

    That was very sweet! Great list! Hmmm… bringing mom roses on Valentine’s Day.
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  3. Jordyn January 7, 2014 at 7:51 am #

    They have minds of their own and can stand up for themselves and their friends 🙂

  4. Leslie September 17, 2013 at 10:56 pm #

    Ask me again in 8 years when I have a teenager 🙂

  5. Brittany September 17, 2013 at 7:50 pm #

    I don’t have kids, so it’s great to see all the love here! You are all very lucky people!

  6. Rochelle September 17, 2013 at 6:21 pm #

    I love this list. I don’t have teenagers yet, but work with them in a youth group. They are always surprised when their parents or adult leaders actually seem to know what they’re talking about. Love those teenagers! They’re so smart and capable.

  7. Jean September 17, 2013 at 2:03 pm #

    My oldest is a tween and just on the verge of being a teen but I like your list a great deal! I’d add because they can reach stuff on the top shelf without any help 😉 Also, we can now enjoy some of the same shows (not that there is anything wrong with cartoons…)
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  8. Marissa September 17, 2013 at 9:14 am #

    Teens were my favorite age group to teach when I was a teacher. I love that they feel overconfident about things, fail miserably, but then have so many opportunities to try and try again since they are still so young. I always told them that every mistake is an opportunity to learn and that they shouldn’t take those opportunities for granted!
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  9. Kemi Quinn September 17, 2013 at 12:50 am #

    My tootie patootie is stil rather young but my nephew is in college and still calls him mom during the day just to chat.

  10. Shauna September 16, 2013 at 5:06 pm #

    This is so cute. My kids are still little but it will be interesting when they are both teens. It will be nice when they appreciate what I do for them. lol.

  11. Nailderella September 15, 2013 at 4:56 pm #

    I’m closer to the teens’ side than the mother side so it’s hard to answer but at least that’s very interesting for me ;D

  12. Cat September 15, 2013 at 4:00 pm #

    Wow, great post. I personally am scared of teens these days. However, I will all too soon have 5 of them (okay, my oldest is only 8). It is rare you see people talk about the good parts of teenagers and I appreciate that!
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  13. Cher September 15, 2013 at 1:01 pm #

    I cannot even imagine my boys as teens!
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  14. Jennifer September 15, 2013 at 12:53 pm #

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  15. Stephanie September 15, 2013 at 9:56 am #

    My son is 7 now, almost 8, and I think about those coming teen years and what they will be like. It sounds like yours are overall pretty good 🙂 This was a very nice list.
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    • Helicopter Mom and Just Plane Dad September 15, 2013 at 10:26 am #

      They can be really fun and we are enjoying her. I truly believe the key is starting when they are younger and building that close relationship. Unfortunately, we’ve seen parents that start to “fade away” when their kids are in middle school, for whatever reason, and by high school; they’ve lost them. It’s going to be very hard to regain their trust if you’ve gone missing for several years and they’ve been influenced by others. You will be just fine. Boys love their mamas!
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  16. Emily September 15, 2013 at 3:13 am #

    Great list! I don’t have teenagers yet, but I should make a similar list for my little ones! Stopping by as part of the blog-a-thon.! Emily

  17. Nikki September 15, 2013 at 1:45 am #

    I don’t have a teenager yet, but my boyfriend does. I adore her because she still acts like a kid when she thinks no one is looking! She’s all cool in front of other teens, but when it’s just her, she can be such a cute little goofball.
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  18. Taynia September 14, 2013 at 12:35 pm #

    I adore this list. Teens have such a bad reputation and this is such a wonderful perspective. Your teens are lucky to have you as parents.

  19. Heather September 14, 2013 at 8:55 am #

    I love this! My oldest is still a preteen, but it is nice to see that there is so many positives to still look forward to in the teen years! I would add that you can talk to them in a more normal way. With little kids you are constantly explaining the smallest details of the world, but I would think that with a teen you could perhaps have a higher level of conversation at times.

  20. Pamela September 14, 2013 at 7:43 am #

    From teens to young adults. Its great to see them become productive and good people. If you stand back, you can see your influence and get confirmation you’ve done a good job raising good people. Being involved and letting them know your are there for them, not matter what, is so important in the teen years.

  21. Athena September 13, 2013 at 8:48 pm #

    I definitely like the number 1 reason the most. But with kids from 8 to 26 I very clearly see the value of all the others…

  22. Kate September 13, 2013 at 3:22 pm #

    Love this list. No teens in my house yet. But a great reflection on what is to come.

  23. Rebecca September 13, 2013 at 10:04 am #

    I’m not a nor do I interact with teens on a normal basis, but this is a good list for those who do!

  24. Jana September 13, 2013 at 12:21 am #

    I would add that I love my teens because even though they are in adult sized bodies, they still consider everything possible. There is a lesson there, right?!

  25. tiffany September 13, 2013 at 12:17 am #

    I don’t have a teen yet BUT I have a 10 year old so that’s close enough….I would add They teach us so much so they know every stinking thing on Earth and mom and dad know nothing. lol

  26. Angi September 12, 2013 at 11:14 pm #

    I don’t have teenagers, yet, so I’m not sure what I would add to the list.

  27. Elizabeth L September 12, 2013 at 9:32 pm #

    I don’t have a teen (yet) but I would imagine because they need love just a little more at that age than at any other.

  28. jackie September 12, 2013 at 6:58 pm #

    I LOVE your website title omg that is so clever!

  29. Stacey September 12, 2013 at 5:39 pm #

    My son is only two, so I can’t relate yet but when I was a teenager, I was pretty awesome 🙂 just saying lol

    Have a great rest of the week!

  30. andi September 12, 2013 at 4:56 pm #

    lemme add one more – we love our teens cos’ God blessed us with them! 😀
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  31. Jessica T September 12, 2013 at 4:13 pm #

    I’m not a mom to a teen, but I work with a lot of teens and really enjoy it. Thanks for this list.

  32. Katrina September 12, 2013 at 1:51 pm #

    My daughter is almost 2 and I think the thing I will like most about her being a teen (when that comes) is she will be able to make her own decisions,
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  33. Tammy September 12, 2013 at 12:24 pm #

    They will soon be able to drive and do all the errands you don’t want to do.

  34. The Traveling Doctor September 12, 2013 at 12:22 pm #

    Awww this is such a nice post. I don’t have kids yet but my guess is: we love teenagers because they think they know it all but they’ll come to us to ask for help. 🙂

  35. Kasey Shuler September 12, 2013 at 1:14 am #

    Hm well I am just now expecting my first kid so I don’t have a teen, but I would say that another reason is they are really starting to form their identity and who they are choosing to be!

  36. Jennifer Hodgkiss September 11, 2013 at 10:21 pm #

    First of all… I have to say… I LOOOOVE your website title!! Second, I have no real experience with teens… except that I was a horrible one! I can only hope that my children are kind to me… unlike myself. 🙂 I am trying to teach my boys to be respectful and courteous to others and themselves… I imagine I have a long road ahead!

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  37. Kristin September 11, 2013 at 9:41 pm #

    Thank you for this. It’s tiring to hear people just complain about their teenagers. It’s encouraging to have read your list.

  38. Jaime September 11, 2013 at 9:26 pm #

    My oldest is only two – but I’m actually looking forward to the teen years!

  39. dona B September 11, 2013 at 9:03 pm #

    My own child is only 2 yet, but my partner’s 19 year-old also lives with us. It is admittedly harder to find all the wonderfulness in a teenage boy you didn’t know as a young child, I do really love seeing the glimpses of the kind and gentle man he is becoming (just like his dad). Now if only he’d pick up his dirty socks from under the couch!

  40. Maura September 11, 2013 at 8:15 pm #

    Love this list! Used to teach high schoolers and now I’m a SAHM with a 4 year old and 3 month old. Even though I spent my career with teenagers, still cant’ imagine parenting them yet. 🙂

  41. Amy Boyington September 11, 2013 at 6:57 pm #

    I can’t, and don’t want to, imagine my kids as teens yet! The thought to me is frightening. I’ve seen way too many loving kids grow up to be less-than-loving teens, and it scares me. I try to picture my kids as always being their fun, playful selves even when they grow up. However, I know I will love seeing them grow up and develop their own interests, accomplish goals, etc. I will be so proud of all of their accomplishments!

    • Helicopter Mom and Just Plane Dad September 11, 2013 at 7:02 pm #

      You know I thought the same thing. Everyone tells you to “fear” the teenage years and honestly, we’ve had just the opposite. Of course, there are things that happen (mouthiness) but all in all, it’s a fun time for everyone. Lots of “firsts” and they really start to grow into the people they’ll become. I’ve loved seeing the transformation; just hate knowing that she’ll be leaving us soon.

      Don’t blink because it will be here soon enough. Enjoy every minute. Thanks for stopping by.
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  42. Dara September 11, 2013 at 5:49 pm #

    One day when I have teenagers I hope to read a list like this! Thanks for sharing!

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    ~ Dara

  43. Brittany September 11, 2013 at 5:14 pm #

    Can’t really add more to the list as I do not have teens but I think it’s lovely that you wrote a list for all the world (and your teens) to see.

  44. Tristan September 11, 2013 at 11:48 am #

    Wow, love the list! I don’t have teens yet. My eight children are ages 12, 8, 7, 5, 4, 2, 1, and 2 months old. So I’m getting close. I think I would add they are so interesting to talk with! They have their own ideas, opinions, and interests which makes life great!

  45. Gail Thomas September 11, 2013 at 11:05 am #

    # 11. You will ALL look back and laugh your heads off at the hair styles and clothes of ” I want to express myself” years!

  46. Vita September 11, 2013 at 10:37 am #

    Great list! I think seeing them with their girlfriend/boyfriend should be quite a special moment for a parent. You know, seeing the love in their eyes, holding hands, etc. I think I would be so pround.

  47. Erica at ButeauFull Chaos September 11, 2013 at 9:02 am #

    There are a million reasons why I love my teens… but one to add? They are miniature versions of myself without the mistakes I’ve made! They have options and opportunity to learn from my lessons and go into life with so much to offer the world!!

    My oldest just started High school. Where does the time go, really?

    By the way, I ADORE your site name! Very cute!!

  48. SH September 11, 2013 at 1:24 am #

    This list is so funny especially number one as well as so true and I love your site’s name.

  49. Misty September 11, 2013 at 12:01 am #

    That is a great list! I would add that I love their innocence and that they are so full of life & adventure.
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