“How was school?”
“Fine.” His fingers fly over his phone, and I roll my eyes.
“What did you learn today?”
“Nothing.” He takes another selfie Snapchat, and I grit my teeth.
“We’re going on a 12 day fast.”
“Ok, what’s for dinner?” Some random song blares from his phone, and I shake my head because this is the story of my life. I am the mom of a teen.
What Am I Doing Wrong?
A few weeks ago, I sat at another ball game surrounded by other moms of teen boys, and we talked about the boys and what they’ve been up to.
One mom told us how she knows about all her teenage son’s friends and all his classes and all his going-ons. I listened and threw imaginary eye daggers at her, wondering what I’M doing wrong. I can’t even get my son to answer a simple question about how his day at school went.
Even so, I hung on her every word in hopes of getting some nugget of wisdom that I can use with my son. A secret weapon.
But no golden nuggets landed in my lap that day — just a yearning for simpler times when I wouldn’t have had a cell phone to compete with.
An Unexpected Breakthrough
The next day after school, I found myself in the kitchen doing a little home therapy, otherwise known as baking. As I’m mixed up a batch of Original Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies, my teen walked in.
“Can I have a scoop of dough?” he asked.
“Sure,” I said, but then I strategically placed myself between him and the bowl. “How was school?”
And he told me.
He actually told me in more words than ONE! I almost burned a whole sheet of cookies because I was so shocked. It took all my willpower to remain calm on the outside while I was jumping with joy on the inside.
That day, we had one of the best “after school” talks we’ve ever had. And all it took was a little Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough.
For this reason alone, I now make cookies at least every other week. But don’t tell him!
If you want to try my secret weapon, grab the recipe.
This is no everyday chocolate chip cookie recipe. This one will distract your kid from their electronic device and give you the best conversations ever.
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