I’m so done with teenagers this week!

‘I’m so done with teenagers this week!’ … OK, I admit, that sounds a tad harsh … they probably don’t really deserve such a final sounding statement from their mum who is meant to cherish and love and nurture and adore in sickness and in health and blah blah blah (hang on, do we have marriage style vows for parenting? Didn’t think so … phew!) … but, joking aside, of course I love them to the moon and back … ridiculous amounts … but … just sometimes (maybe even a few more times lately) I am totally and utterly feeling the whole done with them statement.

Does that still sound too unkind, too horrid to some, not fluffy and lovely and mummy correct? OK … in which case I’ll retract a bit … maybe I don’t mean them per se … the beautiful human beings that they are … but I certainly do mean their behaviour, their attitude, their strops, their answering back, their monosyllabic responses, their tone (we’ll come back to this!), their thinking they are right all the damn time, their I’m too cool for anything and everything, their how can you possibly understand, their I’m 21 don’t you know! All of that … all of that teenagery (yes, I know that teenagery is not a word but I’m mid ranting and sometimes I make up words)  behaviour which I know has been documented for years and years, generation after generation, and is nothing new in the sphere of parenting … but I need to point out here that it is new for me and 1,000s of other parent bloggers and non-bloggers so bear with me on the stropping about it and repeating of history because I haven’t experienced it before (thank bloody goodness).  Anyway … I think you are probably getting the general gist … their behaviour in general … that!

I would just like to add here for all of you parent bloggers of that beautiful baby and toddler stage … hmmm doesn’t time erase the rubbish memories you’re probably thinking … have I forgotten about the the sleepless nights, the colicky screaming, the terrible twos? In a word … yes! and you will too – I think it’s the only way … a bit like childbirth … we still go on and have more … we must bloody forget! Oh, and I’ve just thought … the teenage years will be forgotten too … there is hope yet … but what I wanted to point out is that the teenage years aren’t all bad (!) but for the purpose of humour one needs to dwell for a few hundred words or so!

So, this week when I was calling ever so beautifully and serenely … as us lovely mummies of today do in that Cinderella kind of style, isn’t the world a wonderful place to dance around the kitchen singing with the birds, nothing can dampen my mood kind of way … to one of my gorgeous teenager daughters … to be met with a “Yes??????” in a tone that I can only equate with “What the £@$* does she want now?” I can wholeheartedly say I’m giving up on everything I do, all the help, the support, the washing, the cooking, the taxi-ing, the being there, the listening, the everything else I do but can’t recall as I’m too busy stropping … I’m done … well for today anyway … just saying!

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43 thoughts on “I’m so done with teenagers this week!

  1. I love this, the teenage years – the years we think we are adults – but far from it! I had to apologise to my mum when I became a mum because I am sure she had many days like this. Thankfully she did keep feeding me and being there lol xx

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  2. Oh I feel your pain, my daughter is 10 next week and is in training for her teenage years and looks like she is going to pass with flying colours 😉 #abitofeverything

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  3. Haha, this made me laugh..you describe the teenage years perfectly. I’m 24 so it’s not difficult for me to remember myself as a stroppy, moody pain I the bum..I grew out of it though and so will yours!I am dreading when my son becomes a teenager though, I’m not looking forward to answering back, bad attitude and his bound to be smelly disgusting bedroom haha. Hope your kids ditch the attitude soon 🙂 xx #abitofeverything

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  4. Oh no I feel your pain also! I have an almost 12 year old and already I see signs of what is to come! God help me when my youngest three are 13, 14 and 15. I need to start work on that granny flat long before then!! #abitofeverything

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  5. I’m pretty sure that you wouldn’t be a human if that kind of teenage behaviour didn’t grind you down and end up making you simmer with rage after a while of it. I could be a total jerk as a teenager and I know for a fact that my mum felt the same way as you on many many occasions! It will get better, one day, I’m sure, maybe!! Thanks for linking up with us! #bigpinklink

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  6. I think that “teenagery” sounds very much like a word to me! I am absolutely dreading it. I currently have a threenager on my hands and a boddler. Both of which already have more attitude than I enjoy!?

    I’m bookmarking your posts for in 10 years, which will no doubt pass in a blink!

    Thanks for sharing such an honest but funny post.

    Dawn x
    #abitofeverything

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    1. Ha ha let’s make it a word! I think there are many mummies on here who may be dreading their gorgeous babies becoming teens – think i’ve scared everyone! Let’s view me more as a fairy godmother with oodles of tales! Thank you so much for reading and commenting x

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      1. I love it! You make an excellent fairy godmother and we will all be lining up for your words of wisdom when the time comes. In the meantime I shall be enjoying your posts (and looking for some white mice and a pumpkin, you know just in case there’s a ball or anything) 😉 x

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  7. I love this post, so funny (internally, I’m empathising!) I was an awkward, sullen, Jim-Morrison-should-be-president-of-the-world kind of teen… My Munchkins are of teen and preteen status and, admittedly, nothing major to report yet…perhaps they are just warming up, lol. Here’s to us come out the other end with our sanity in tact! 👍🏼 x

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  8. Hahah this is hilarious. I love your strop. I’d like to think that I was a fairly pleasant teenager but who am I kidding?! I guess every year of childhood is tough, I’m in the crying/not sleeping/still attached to you stage and I kind of, sometimes, feel the same way as you! It’s funny how parenting changes in so many ways, but some of the same feeling linger throughout haha! #BloggerClubUK

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    1. oh thank you so much! i don’t think my children love my strops so much! and you’re right – all the stages can seem tough but honestly we do seem to forget as the years progress and the pages change! Thank you so much for reading and commenting x

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  9. oh my daughter is 11 nearly 12 (in May) and oh my gosh what is happening to her???? The mood wings, the tears, the never ending mummy daughter talks! I should be glad she is talking to me still, but some nights I just need a mummy ‘time out’, she is doing my head in lol. I messaged a friend with a 16 year old and said does it get better? Is her behaviour normal? She also has an 11 year old (the poor thing has 3 daughters) and she said she is ready to throw her daughter out the house! Aspen (my daughter) is such a sweetheart really, but just so needy and emotional right now. Great post!!!!

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    1. oh this made me smile – totally normal – i remember mine going through that and it is totally normal – very tearful and needy – hormonal (but then to be honest so am I at certain times!!) Your friend’s response made me smile too – sometimes you just want a break – does your friend blog – i need some fellow bloggers with teenagers to offload to – can you tell?! Thank you so much for reading and commenting and am sure we will come out the other end eventually with some sanity in tact! xx

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  10. Oh gosh, the tween and teenage years sound so hard. Every parent I know that has children in this age range all seem to be experiencing the same/similar thing, all I can say is hang in there, and maybe have a long tall drink whilst youre at it 😉 Emily #coolmumclun

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    1. my posts are highlighting the awful – but there is so many lovely times also – those bits just aren’t so funny! I read a great post this week on huffpost about why teenagers display those moods and how they find it hard to handle situations and feelings they’ve never dealt with before- can’t remember the author but it’s on the featured blog post section on the parents section- may be well worth you directing your sister/sister in law to it xx

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  11. I’m loving reading what your teenagers have been up to each week! BUT you are ruining my dreams of mother and daughter shopping trips and gastro-lunches…they’ll probably not want to be seen DEAD with me!
    Thanks for sharing with #coolmumclub

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  12. My goodness how I can relate to this! I have this mental strop about….once a week, too. If only we could stomp out and be so discourteous and ungrateful too!

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  13. Oh no – I am not looking forward to the teenage attitude yet to come! You have to look back on the memories of your lovely baby I guess until they snap out of it lol Thanks so much for sharing with us at #bloggerclubuk

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  14. Oh this fills me with dread. My oldest is 9 so he’s not a million miles away. I am not looking forward to it. But I think you need to embrace it and change your parenting as your child grows and matures. Loved reading this post. You are doing great Thanks for linking #abitofeverything xx

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  15. I am loving the inventing of words – “teenagery” is now a word! I am writing to Oxford English and demanding that they make it a legit word. We should compare notes on teenagery and threenagery behaviour 😉 Hope your children have been more communicative and lovely today 🙂

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