Even though the teenage years are right around the corner for my own family, that season still seems mysterious and scary and I have no idea what to expect. I cannot imagine my kids having armpit hair and taking Driver's Ed and doing math problems beyond my comprehension (although, lets be real, that last ship has already sailed).
So when I photographed Leilani Rogers (whom I met when we were both speakers at a Birth Photography Conference called Off-Call) in Austin, Texas I was excited/nervous to photograph her family. Would they think I was a crazy old lady? What would we even DO?
Little kids play with blocks and make messes.
Teenagers text and roll their eyes at their parents -- At least that is what they do on television.
Leilani's baby is 10, the same age as my oldest child. So I felt like I was kind of peering into a crystal ball foreseeing what my future holds. After a few hours with the Rogers Family I can now say that maybe life with teenagers won't be so scary. It turns out that while they DO like their phones, they also have their own passions about music and art (and which is better Harry Potter or Star Wars). They still love legos, and hugs, and cookies with sprinkles. They sleep in bunkbeds and run around in the backyard. They ask mom for help when they need it but can clean and cook and read big books. Sometimes they seem like little kids in big bodies. And other times they seem like full fledged adults.
I'm still nervous about my kids becoming teenagers. And many days I wring my hands in worry, wondering if I am screwing them up. But I am reminded of a quote by Elyse Fitzpatrick: