Why Don't Parents Talk Openly About how Hard Teenagers Are to Raise?

When it comes to raising teenagers, that 'ish is hard.

And it doesn't matter what your perception of 'hard' is: if it's hard for you, it's hard.

But I've noticed that even though we're all having similar experiences, we don't talk openly about how very difficult it all is.

why are parents too ashamed to talk about their experiences raising teenagers?

I see moms posting about teenagers on the MamaSoup platform because it's completely anonymous and safe. Therfore, my theory is that we're all feeling a lot of shame and embarrassment about our kids' behaviour.

So, I sat down with a MamaSoup fan favourite: my hunky husband, Eric. And we chatted about our own experiences raising four teenagers of our own.

In true MamaSoup fashion, this chat is completely unedited and very, very honest.

Check it out and make sure you follow us on YouTube so you don't miss an episode- they're released every Sunday evening at 7:30pm.

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Joanne Ilaqua - CEO of MamaSoup

Hey there, I’m Joanne.

I’ve spent about 20 years serving women as a nurse, doula and Lamaze educator. I have 4 kids and I know firsthand how lonely and isolating motherhood can be, so I created MamaSoup. I'm mostly known for my love of red wine, spontaneously singing and my confidence in being my true self on social media. When I’m not busy building women up, you can catch me taking Instagram stories of my bulldog Ruby, watching The Handmaid’s Tale, playing MUber (Mom Uber) to my kids or vacationing in my favourite town: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

I love serving the world by providing a space for moms to connect and support each other. In my opinion, moms are the backbone of communities because they are (literally) raising the future!

As the founder and CEO of MamaSoup, I’ve been featured on CHEX TV Morning Show, KawarthaNOW, Economic Development- The City of Kawartha Lakes and MyKawartha.

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