We don’t live in an area renowned for its surf, the south coast of Devon is more of a sailor’s hot spot, but now and then we get some easy rollers hitting the shores of Sidmouth and with the promenade too busy for skateboarding, Teenager and his friends took to the sea for the 1st surf of the year. It was changeable sunny day but I still had to give a hyperthermia pep talk as despite being protected by his winter wetsuit, the sea is still unbelievably cold. I actually came straight home and searched the internet for some wetsuit boots, he grows so quickly that I’m often caught short of clothing. I’m reading a fabulous book, How To Unplug Your Child by Liat Hughes Joshi which recognises the screen rich world teenagers live in, but at the same helps you mange their technology with ways to enjoy real life. It’s made me really assess how much time the boys have plugged in and we’re trying to encourage them to get out and about and do more away from the WiFi so I have no problem at all driving Teenager around to meet up with friends for activity fuelled days like these. However, I’m still in the crux of keeping a watchful, albeit distant, eye on him as I adjust to life with an child on the verge of becoming an adult. It’s still a minefield as to how much freedom we give him and how much protecting he needs. He’s never too bothered when I rein him in a little as he knows I always do it out love and not to mean. None the less, I was still nervous about letting him hit the waves without a beach lifeguard or adult keeping watch so Hubby and I casually dropped by with hot drinks for them all which were a welcome relief from the biting cold water. 4 hours later and we returned to take home 2 very tired, cold boys (the extra one being Teenager’s best friend who was on a sleep over.) They piled into the car, still in wetsuits that were too difficult to peel off with cold hands, turned the heating up and returned them safe in the comfort of the Xbox after hot showers and roast dinners which began an evening of non stop refuelling to replace the extra energy burnt. While I rinsed out 2 sea soaked wetsuits and worked on the endless food shopping lists that consume my life as a mum to a teenager.