My teenage son is so intelligent, sometimes it makes my head spin. When it comes to maturity though, he is still just a teen. It is amazing how you can be so proud one minute and then your teen ruins it through some totally stupid action. It is so frustrating.
My son is currently paying dearly for violating a rule that I established. Luckily, he did not cover his tracks very well, so he was caught. I feel like I constantly have to stay on my toes to stay ahead of him and it is exhausting. He is good most of the time, but poor judgement takes over and I have to become the HEAVY and punish him. That is the part I hate about parenting.
Someone once told me that having teens was like having toddlers again, you have to watch every thing they are doing. I must say that I agree. My daughter will turn 13 this winter, and I am not looking forward to having two teens in the house. I love the kids dearly, but I think I will breathe a sigh of relief when they turn 18 and graduate from high school.