Soundtrack for Raising a Teen

Say it Rah-shay By Feb 07, 2014 11 Comments

Middle school madness is, well, madness.

My teen, once a lovely young lady, has seemingly lost her every loving mind. It’s so bad that The Dad and I have been talking regularly to try and dissect what in the world is going on!




I have been “woosahing” and “omming” all over the place and have found a happy place with music.

Soundtrack for Raising a Teen

We Used To Be Friends by Dandy Warhols


Dude. Where the freck is my child? One day she is an agreeable pleasant person, the next moment I am ready to pluck her in the throat. I get hormones and all but I am failing dealing with it. I always felt like I wasn’t given the space to go through my own raging teenage hormonal stage and wanted to give The Bee that space. I regret and rethink this decision daily, hourly, moment by moment.


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Radioactive by Imagine Dragons


Once again I must apologize to my mom. Her dealing with not one, but TWO hormonal teens…whoa Nelly! With The Bee it seems as if our conversations range from pleasant to explosive and over seemingly benign things. The most innocuous moments can come to a head with a perceived thought, idea, look.

Sometimes I put myself on a timeout just to be alone.


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Young and Beautiful by Lana Del Ray

It’s not ALL bad. There are some light moments raising a teen as when she looks at me with a determined, serious face and announces that she, “looks good today.” I am 40 and don’t have that confidence and applaud my teen for embracing herself.

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Blues in the Night

I prefer the Ella version but any will do.

I have been waking up through the night worrying, ’cause that’s what I do. Last night I woke up three times because of these things:

  • Are we getting enough protein?
  • Did I lock the front door?
  • Did I turn off the oven?
  • What is that noise (it was the cat)
  • Will my kid EVER get *it*
  • Am I doing enough to make her get *it*
  • Did I finish my time sheet?

It’s no wonder I have dark circles under my eyes!

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Changes Butterfly Boucher featuring David Bowie

I have to keep reminding myself that raising a CHILD is full of changes. Each moment, good or bad, will be full of changes and it’s all good. I don’t have to always like it but I have to acknowledge that these things are happening and let it be.


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Let it Go

Cause sometimes you have to get all Scarlet O’Hara and remember that tomorrow is another day.
Motherhood is full of do-overs and yes, you will second, third, quadruple guess yourself. Just remember to breathe, breathe again and then let it go.

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The dance is coming soon and I KNOW that I will need more songs! Tell me, what songs are you singing while raising your teen?

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  1. What a fun way to look at parenting teens. I survived one (he’s safely in his second year of college and one of the most amazing young adults I’ve ever known)…. The second is getting closer. It’s the nine year old I wonder if I’ll survive!

  2. cococute says:

    Nice selections and yes they will work for raising teens. Radioactive by Imagine Dragons is my pick here.

  3. I am not looking forward to those snotty teenage years.

  4. Carlee C says:

    Unfortunately my 5 year old is already acting like a teen, so I guess I will get plenty of practice. Apparently I get an extended version of it.

  5. Suzanne says:

    I was laughing as I read this because I am going through the same thing right now with 2 of mine and have 2 more yet to go through it! I keep apologizing to my mom, too – lol! I feel so much better I’m not alone!

  6. Lexie Lane says:

    My little guy already has an attitude and he’s only 3. I could only imagine what would happen when he’s a teen. Def not looking forward to it. I like them tiny.

  7. These made me laugh! Thanks for that.

    I think my mom was pretty lucky with me. I was so mildly rebellious compared to any other teenager. The one time I told her, “Parents aren’t always right,” I was grounded. And that was the worst I ever said, so I was pretty well behaved, I think ;).

    But my mom and I joke that my sister that’s 2 years younger than me got all of the rebel I didn’t get. Heck, she’s almost 22 and still acts like that!

  8. What a fun post. I think I’m going to write my own song for raising a toddler and call it: I Miss Sleep.

  9. S Regina Moore says:

    Love your song choices and I'm going to make a list so that I can come back to them in a few years and listen..^_^ I have a son who just turned 11 so I have a few years before the "teenage" ones hit. I do have 3 grown sons and does sound as though boys might be a tad bit easier to deal with during that time period. Here's hoping so with this last one!!!

    Sending "calming" thoughts to you and remember….just to breathe!!!!

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  10. I was laughing – I have three and you hit it all on the nose. I need my own time outs quite often, mostly from my daughter…the boys are not as moody!

  11. Natalie Elisabeth says:

    Not looking forward to teenage years.. my kids are currently 10, 7, 3 & 1. It's gonna suck.. I need to think of some songs, but I really like this idea..

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