Mom and Dads, grab the seatbelt, what a wild ride we're on.

As I get ready for Abs to enter 10th grade, I can't believe how life moves by so fast. I can't believe this little girl that loved worms and bugs (now, she hates bugs, of course) is a happy 15-year-old heading into 10th grade. This summer was an amazing summer for her and her friends. They were together every day, working together, and the sleep-overs never end. I love talking to her friends and hearing way too much. Although that's a pretty great thing, she and her friends tell me A LOT.

5 things I learned from my 15-year-old this summer:

1 - They "think" they know everything. You can argue until you're blue in the face (WOW, I am really sounding like my Mom) and she will just say I'm wrong, no matter what.

2 - BOYS, BOYS, and more BOYS. This was the first summer where the friend group has boys. BOYS are everything. Girls are so funny. If you have a teenager, just listen to them sometimes. It's nuts.

3 - The opinions of their friends mean more to them than anything else. One little word my daughter's friend might say to her can change her mood for at least half the day. If it's something about her chewing or the way she's walking, she will remember it and it's the only thing she'll think about. I wish she'd believe me when I say it just doesn't matter. But to her - it's everything.

4 -  The innocence is so much less. Kids feel like they know everything. They see everything on social media. There are things she finds out before I do, it's pure craziness. Her having a job has kept Abby on a schedule and it worked out great. It was the best thing she could've done this summer, she loved her first job.

Sue Moll, Townsquare Media / Abby's First Job as a Beach Badger.
Sue Moll, Townsquare Media / Abby's First Job as a Beach Badger.

5 - Every 15-year-old (GIRLS and BOYS) I've encountered this summer has done this and I wish they would stop. Truly to a parent it's the most annoying, disrespectful thing - they yell "STOP". They're being very spicy. I try to talk to her, she yells "STOP". Why do they do this? I hear the friends saying it to their Moms, their friends, everyone - they just yell STOP. They're so moody. I say "Hand me YOUR PHONE - now you have to stop".

We've had a great summer and I wouldn't change a thing, EVER - wait -SNAPCHAT - UGH! (Although I've gotten better at Snapchat, LOL)

She loves her dogs, volleyball, and the beach. She is kind and loves her Nanny so much. I love her heart and her giant smile. One more thing, she's always going to dinner with her friends. She goes out to eat more than we do, and I think we're a little jealous of that, :).



My daughter is the love of my life - fresh, funny, truly a wonderful little soul that brings me sunshine every day. She's now 15 and her life and what she does is just so funny, it’s too funny not to talk about or write about. It’s all about sharing our adventures with you. Time flies. Thanks for all of your advice through the years, moms we are never alone! I guess it should be "Sue's Mom Blog" since she's so grown up now, I'm totally laughing out loud at that!

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