Yep, I am definitely a Mother of Teenagers!


Been there, done that and lived to tell the tales of my teen hood! Only my tales of my teen years fall on deaf ears, namely my kids, when I start anything with “when I was a teenager……”.

To my kids I’m ancient, songs I sing are sooooo outdated and who the hell is Rick Astley, is he even famous?

newpostI have no handle on life, more importantly theirs.  I need to appreciate that life sucks when the wi-fi goes down and even worse going to school with only 10% on their phone battery.  Who knew my forgotten promise of charging their phone overnight could result in the ‘worst day ever!’.

I am, apparently the lucky one, I don’t have to go to school I get to stay at home and do nothing all day!

However, there are some differences.  When I was a teen I had a sense of humour and often talked to my parents rather than at them.

When I was with friends we enjoyed indulging in the art of conversation through opening our mouths and making sounds, and all without the aid of mobile phones and social media.

There was no 24/7 in house taxi service.  We didn’t have the luxury of being ferried around to all places of interest whilst picking up other teens on the way.

No, we made our own way and managed it.  There was no point complaining, no one listened.

We worked and funded our days out.  And for someone who does nothing I do seem to spend a lot of time at petrol stations, filling up just to save my kids walking anywhere!

While I too thought my parents knew nothing, one thing I did know for sure was that if I was in trouble I knew better than to make matters worse by back-chatting and slamming doors.

Strangely, that doesn’t seem to cause any issues with mine.  They prefer to stand and argue the toss, believing themselves right, while I stand justifying why I am telling them off in the first place.

So, all that and more you know you have children, or in this post teenagers when….

  • You ditch Google?  and www.ask a teenager.co.uk, they know it all!
  • Their friend’s parents aren’t strict like you, they let them do everything and go wherever they want.
  • They don’t have homework.
  • “I hate my life”‘.
  • Everyone is going.
  • Every request is met with “it in a minute”
  • The Hall Floor is decorated with shoes, bags & jackets, where it drops it stays.
  • Every light in the house is on.
  • There is “never anything nice to eat”.
  • Having the cheek to step foot into their bedrooms.
  • The laundry basket is never empty.
  • There is always a mess in the kitchen.
  • Bedroom floors are for dirty clothes.
  • You are not cool,  just plain cringy.
  • They are always on their phone.
  • Have an inability to load dishwashers.
  • They are masters at eye rolling.
  • All the other parents don’t follow their kids on Instagram.
  • You get answered by a mumble.
  • Cupboards doors are all open.
  • The bathroom floor is for wet towels.
  • The bathwater is left in the bath.
  • They get instantly annoyed from the sound of your voice.
  • They shout ‘what do you want’ and ‘get the hell out’ a lot.
  • Always happy if things are going their way.
  • You know all the latest songs.
  • They love to hoard all cups, plates and cutlery in their bedrooms.
  • It was your choice to have children, deal with it.
  • The house is full of attitude.
  • Your recently purchased expensive makeup has disappeared.
  • Doors don’t get closed,  they get slammed shut.
  • Nothing is fair.
  • They ALWAYS have the last word.

Relate to any?

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10 Comments

  1. April 16, 2017 / 7:08 pm

    Gosh I can relate to every word of this, especially today! I’m the mama of two teenage girls (13 and 16 years) and am in the thick of it right now. Thanks so much for sharing; just knowing I’m not completely alone here makes it feel slightly more bareable 🙈 Lisa.

    • April 17, 2017 / 10:13 am

      Glad you enjoyed it. To be honest I could have gone on and on with my list!! Having teenagers is trying to say the least lol. Sharon

  2. Samantha Hayward
    April 16, 2017 / 7:14 pm

    Absolutely spot on … my doors have been slammed that many times they have actually fallen apart at the hinges and we have a new sliding door now …i.e. Propped up against the door hole and forever falling and smashing into walls etc 🙂

  3. April 27, 2017 / 3:57 pm

    Brilliant list. Hahah, I am apparently the strictest parent ever although I think I’m pretty laid back. And what is it with not emptying the bath! is is really that much effort! Thanks so much for linking up at #TweensTeensBeyond

  4. April 28, 2017 / 8:39 am

    Oh this is just fab!! It is just so great to read posts by other mums of teens! I don’t feel like it’s just me now. The running around 24/7 with a car full of other teens – story of my life. Oh and the hoarding of plates and glasses in their rooms – that really gets me! #TweensTeensBeyond

    • April 28, 2017 / 4:55 pm

      We stand united as mum survivors of teens!!! lol

  5. April 30, 2017 / 9:16 am

    Hallebloodylooyah for you and us and all of those that rode on buses, earned their own money, had respect for their parents, talked, didn’t turn out wrong ‘un’s’ despite being brought up in the ‘old days’ and being able to look back and say our parents did good by us. Music to my ears and many of us here. Thanks for joining #tweensteensbeyond, we love having you, Nicky

  6. May 1, 2017 / 3:35 pm

    Hilarious! Our sole purpose is to serve our teenagers. I thought it would get easier as they grew up but actually their demands are more and worst of all you can’t put them to bed at 6.30pm! They are still up grumbling until you collapse in a heap defeated in your own bed. Where would we be without them? We wouldn’t have anyone to moan about or write about. Ha ha. See you again tomorrow I hope. #TweensTeensBeyond

  7. May 2, 2017 / 7:00 pm

    Aargh! When I read posts like this it shatters my illusions of going on spa days and brunch with my girls in 15 years time 😉

    I’m sure we’ll have the rough and the smooth, and get plenty of eye rolling!
    x
    Thanks for linking to #coolmumclub

    • May 3, 2017 / 8:23 am

      Have faith there will be plenty of spa days and brunch, what girl will turn down the offer when Mum is paying lol x

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