As my kids drew closer to their teenage years, my mother warned me that once they hit these milestone years, time would somehow speed up even faster than before. I didn’t think it was even possible for time to go any faster, but sure enough once Gracie hit 13, before I knew it she was 15 with a driving permit and casually asking me about what college was like. I’m still in denial that I am old enough to even have a teenager… even though Zac also turned 13 this August.
When she got her driving permit this summer, it forced me to start contemplating the fact that I only had a few more learning/growing years with her. I started to wonder if I could have spent more time with her or if I had done certain things differently, how it would have affected her. I quickly realized that there were some things I may have done differently, but for the most part I did my best. I’m pretty sure every father goes through this evaluating moment at some time in their life. What I needed to focus on now is loving and teaching her with clear focus for these last 3-4 years.
Gracie has always been a very independent kid and Nikki and I have tried to provide lots of learning experiences with natural consequences to help reinforce those teachings. She has had babysitting jobs to help her make some money for spending. We have always tried to encourage saving for the future, but also wanted to provide some freedom as to how they could spend it. Thankfully, Amazon now offers a new way for teens to shop online. It allows teens between the ages of 13-17 to have their own login linked to my account to order stuff through the Amazon app, but before anything is shipped it sends the parents a notification that must be approved before the order is final.
Amazon gifted Gracie a $100 gift card as a gift to try out the program and I was curious to see how she would end up spending this money. When the text notification came through for me to approve the items she had ordered, I was glad to see that she was thinking ahead and was using some of her money to buy Christmas gifts for her friends and family. This notification process is my favorite part of the program. I love the fact that I am able to be aware of her purchases and excited for the opportunity to use this to teach her about good and bad purchasing decisions. If you’re interested in signing your teen up, it is super easy and doesn’t cost anything. If you are already a Prime member, your kids can also take advantage of Free Two-Day Shipping, Prime Video and Twitch Prime.
We think it is pretty great. If you have questions, leave a comment or click on the link below. Also, if any of you have tips on how to slow time down once your kids hit their teen years, please share J.
To sign up, you can visit Amazon.com/forteens
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