7 Reasons Moms of Today's Teens Have It So Much Better Than Our Parents
by Jeanne Sager
My cellphone went off the other day right on time. It was my babysitter's mom, checking to see that her new teenage driver had made it to my house in one piece. I scooped it up and texted her back right away -- no sense making her worry any longer than she had to -- and marveled at how much times have changed for parents of teenagers.
When I was a new driver, my parents sent me off with fingers crossed. Cellphones came in giant bags, and they were much too expensive to give to your teenager. As for texting, there was no such thing.
They were worried, just as worried as my babysitter's mom, but they had to just keep on worrying until I got home.
It can be easy to get into the trap of "OMG, parenting is so hard." It is, I hear you. The number of the things I have to deal with that my parents never even dreamed of keeps on growing.
But a little optimism never hurt anyone, so I'm going to come out and say it ... in a lot of ways, we are a heckuva lot luckier than our parents.
How lucky are today's parents?
Let's just consider all the things they have ... that our parents didn't!
When we were kids skipping school was as easy as scrawling an absence excuse and getting your friend who was a talented forger to add your Mom or Dad's John Hancock. Not anymore. Most schools actually call parents to let them know their child is absent.
Empty nesting is so much less painful when you can see your college kid every day on your computer screen.
Car manufacturers have been using them for decades, but they didn't become mandatory until 1998. And man oh man do they make it easier on the heart when you send your teen driver off on an adventure.
Remember when you had to hope that the school's one and only payphone was in working order when soccer practice got cancelled? Today's teens just whip out the cellphone to call Mom and Dad with the update.
Remember how our parents had to take time out of their busy work schedules to actually meet with our teachers when there was a problem? Today's parents can sit in their pajamas at 2 a.m. and send an email.
Sneaking around and doing things behind your parents' backs was pretty easy back in the day. It's a lot harder now that everybody who's anybody has social media. Checking up on your kids is now as easy as pulling up their best friend's Instagram account and poking through the photos.
What would you add to this list?