Things are finally official, so I can announce our news.
We are adding another child to our family!
But not in the traditional sense. And not in the longterm sense either.
We are going to add a teenager to our household. No, it’s not some weird Benjamin Button experiment, because how does that even work? We will be hosting a foreign exchange student from Germany for a whole year!
She comes sometime this summer. We’ve been emailing back and forth and she is a delight. An absolute delight. I can’t wait to have her in our family.
I feel strange because neither Ryan nor I are even 30 years old yet, but we are about to be ‘parents’ to a 16 year old. We have to make rules and stick to them. Real rules. Not just, “Wash the peanut butter from your hands before you run around the house like a crazy person.” (Although, that might be a rule we should cover in addition to teenager rules.) But we have to make real rules like, “Come home at this time. Get your homework done. No boys in the bedroom.” Scary!
We have to evaluate her friends and make sure they are good influences on her. Right? Isn’t that something parents of teenagers do?
We also have to register her for high school. I haven’t even had my 10 year reunion yet!
We have to very quickly decide what kind of expectations we have for older children in our home and get going on that!
If anybody has any advice (NICE advice, please), feel free to give it. If you have a great book on teenager development and mentalities, feel free to share the title with me.
And wish us luck!