Monday, April 23, 2012

A-Z Challenge: T- Teenager




T is for Teenager

I have a houseful of hormonal teenagers. Terrible, toxic, bad-tempered teenagers having tantrums and eating us out of house and home. I always thought the terrible twos were bad, but they've got nothing on the terrible teens. I wouldn’t wish teenagers on my worst enemy.


They are evil monsters that slouch around spewing expletives out of surly mouths and creating a venomous cloud of disgusting mess wherever they go - when they finally heave themselves out of their dank, smelly pits at       3 o’clock in the afternoon, that is.

Here are a few examples of some of the typical things they utter in all seriousness:
  • “Oh my God! There’s never anything to eat in this house!” (Standing in front of an open, fully-stocked fridge)
  • “Stop shouting at me! You’re always going on at me!” (Shouted at me in response to my polite enquiry as to whether they had done their chore/homework/washing)
  • “I hate you. You’re just trying to control me all the time!” (For any reason, any time)
  • “Yeah, I will do my homework, but in my time” (To reminder the night before homework is due to be handed in at school)
  • “Why didn’t you wake me? Seriously, Mum, I told you to wake me. Now I’m late and it’s all your fault!” (After being woken 3 times and falling back asleep each time)
  • "Don't come in til I say Come In. Okay?!"  (Said after I accidentally entered bedroom too quickly after knocking on son's door, amid much scuffling under covers)
  • “Muuuum, can I have my allowance early? Like today? Pleeease?” (Said on Monday)
  • “Muuuum, can I borrow some money? Please? Pretty please?” (Said on Tuesday)
  • “Muuuum, will you do my washing? Pleeeeaasse. I desperately need to wear my jeans tonight” (Said at 5pm)
  • “I can’t talk now. I’m late. See you later. No, I can’t stop, sorry. Don’t know when I’ll be home, but promise it won’t be late. I did tell you where I was going. No, I can’t stop. I’m late! They’re waiting outside for me. I’ll text you later. Byeeeee.” (Said as running out the door on a Friday night)
Ok - please tell me some of your horror stories about raising teenagers so I feel a bit better.

27 comments:

  1. You will have to wait a few years before you can get your own back. The first thing my husband did when his eldest daugher set up her first home and he visited was to walk in and throw all the cushions on the floor. DAD, why did you do that? Answer: now you know how I felt for many years! Good luck!!

    ReplyDelete
  2. I don't have a teenager, mine's still a wee one. But I acted this way when I was a teenager, and worse. Much worse. I was especially good at lying/diverting/pretending to be busy/etc on my way out the door - if my mom knew where I was going, she would have locked me in my room until I was 18! LOL

    Sounds like you've got a very normal house full, however comforting that may be! :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes I know - we all did it. Just bloody frustrating when you're the Mum! Still, they're not all bad :) I'm sure I'll miss them when they've left home.

      Delete
  3. LOL just remember it all and get payback, how I tremble at teenagers and I'm not even that far away from them..haha

    ReplyDelete
  4. The Lil man and I, seem to be doing everything in reverse order.
    When he was a toddler, he acted like an old man. Now that he's a pre-teen, we're currently going through some of the above. I'm hoping that by the time he's an ACTUAL teen, life will be a bed of roses...

    Love love love, this post. :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yeah, delusion and denial are good strategies! LOL Actually, my son was bloody hard work pre teen and is now effortless... exact opposite to my daugher! So you may be lucky :)

      Delete
  5. Fortunately, I do not have any children; however, if I had to guess, I think you nailed it with these quotes. Hilarious post!

    ReplyDelete
  6. I have an only child. He never was that bad, but the thing that drives me crazy, is that he will acknowledge you while sitting at the computer by saying "Uh huh", which means "I'm busy, Go away.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Or "I'm not listening" or "You're boring me" etc.

      Delete
  7. Muuuummmmm. Yep, that's my name, don't wear it out, LOL. You nailed it Claire.

    “Oh my God! There’s never anything to eat in this house!” Translation...eww, it's all healthy! With four boys I probably hear this one the most.

    Though I will say, homework gets one reminder from me then I leave it to them to face the consequences at school if they fail to complete and/or turn in. Had a couple teachers question me on it when it came up in parent/teacher conferences but it works. Best of all, the kids and I aren't locked in a homework battle. And they know I'm there if they need help.

    I shudder at them driving...it's just around the corner!...then I expect I'll have a lot of quotes like you ended your list with.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Actually, driving has been good. Better than being a taxi or wondering who's car they're being driven in.

      Delete
  8. My 12yr old is the biggest teen around and she's technically not even there yet! Knock wood the middle one is an angel but I blame my son for every bit of age on me. Here's hoping we both survive well enough to get our revenge and laugh when they have teens of their own!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes, I can't wait. Then they'll see what it's like! God, we sound like our parents now!

      Delete
  9. From what you've described I guess my 4 girls were angels when they went through their teenage years. Come to think of it, I think I was pretty decent as a teen. I didn't give my parents many problems at all and actually was pretty much of a help to them.
    Sorry!


    Lee
    Places I Remember
    Wrote By Rote
    An A to Z Co-host blog

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ok I "officially" don't like you now! Just joking - lucky you :)

      Delete
  10. Replies
    1. Yes so I do (just) so I suppose it's payback!

      Delete
  11. Teenagers???? Ohhh, that scares me!!! hahaha

    ReplyDelete
  12. Oh those teen years! The hardest years I do believe in raising kids! I could tell you horror stories about my kids in their teen years but I don't want to scare you! They include breaking the law on more than one occasion, dealing with mental health issues including suicide attempts, amongst a few other things :) By the grace of God we survived, but those are mighty tough years! Hang on and enjoy the ride and hope deep down that that they are truly good kids that don't decide to walk down wrong paths. Good luck!!!!

    betty

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Betty, yes, I just included some of the more everyday incidents LOL Glad your family survived. Mine are all really good kids, just annoying at times. I shall miss them when they're not there.

      Delete
  13. I have a 12 year old with 'tendancies' in the teenage direction - in 4 months time, I'll know...

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Annalisa, 14 seemed to be the kicking off age for the girls, still waiting for my boy. Good luck!

      Delete
  14. What's Happening i'm new to this, I stumbled upon this I have
    found It positively useful and it has aided me out loads. I am hoping to give a contribution
    & assist other customers like its helped me. Good job.


    Here is my web-site - http://www.stogeek.com/
    my webpage - nonverbaal.nl

    ReplyDelete