The Teenage Chronologues: Part One ‘Boyfriends’

Welcome to my new series … The Teenage Chronologues … a play on words of chronicling the monologue/dialogue of teens … a snapshot into their conversations … anywhere … any place … a real eye-opening insight into their life and chat … and sometimes a life education with a huge steep learning curve for me, as occurred in this post … am still blushing at my naivety and lack of being in touch with some expressions! OK, let’s start!

Ah, time in the car with teens, away from their insistence of barricading themselves in their rooms, away from their … wait for it … Netflix and chill sessions … which, OMG, I have just learnt does not actually mean watching Netflix and chilling … please tell me I’m not the only one who didn’t know this … I’m dying here as my teens would say … actually, they are dying as they can not believe I just popped that little ‘not so innocent’ expression into one of my blogs. Anyway, moving swiftly on, time in the car … yay, get them to myself for the duration of the journey … time for me and them … proper mum and daughter time … can’t wait, a real parenting treat … so, driving along with Bieber telling us he’s sorry or was it that his mum didn’t like someone? Can’t remember …

… and then this happens …

Me: Oh poppet how’s it going with the boyfriend? In a cool, relaxed, just dropping it into the convo kind of vibe.

Teen: Can you not (reaches to radio and turns up the volume).

Me: Oh but darling I’m only asking. Still in a Oh I’m not really that interested kind of tone.

Teen: Muuuuuuum!

Me: So you really like him? OK, so the tone is changing a little now

Teen: Muuuuuuum stop!

Me: Do you think he likes you poppet? I’m getting on my own nerves now

Teen: …….

Me: Do your friends like him? I really do need to STOP

Teen: ……

Me: Why don’t you invite him over at the weekend … One last final clutching at straws attempt at some converse with T2

Teen: OH MY GOD … NO MUM STOP! I did

So, this is kind of how conversations with my teens go about boyfriends … OK, I’m sure I was the same with my parents but I thought I was going to be the coolest of cool parents – where did it go wrong? Thought I’d be like Angelina and Brad … Victoria and David, even … the kind of parent that my kids would want to talk with … OK, I may have a warped sense of perspective about celeb parenting but you can just imagine Brooks wanting to chat to Becks about absolutely everything … I would … Oh, hang on, that’s an entirely different situation … I digress!

Cue daughter’s phone rings and then it’s all giggle, giggle, giggle … chat, chat, chat … so much damn chat suddenly … so much to say … so many words tumbling out to chat, chat, chat with her friend … no hint of ‘Can you not’ or ‘OH MY GOD STOP’ … it’s all ‘ha, ha, ha … you’re so cool to chat to’ … mum defunct, mum the taxi driver, mum getting in the way of listening to Bieber.

… OK, I’ll take the hint and get lost in my thoughts of talking to David about absolutely everything then … just saying.

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77 thoughts on “The Teenage Chronologues: Part One ‘Boyfriends’

  1. Hahaha…many such conversations like that here! But I have heard rumours that we become cool again after X amount of years! Good luck to us all! I think the key to finding out teenage information here is to ask the chatty friend? They always have that one friend whom TELLS all… here…Loved this! #KCACOLS

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    1. oh I’ve just watched it – laughing, crying, feeling all of his pain – just brilliant -not sure about the chilled feeling other than if Phil Jupitus feels the way he does then it justifies us feeling that too! Thank you so much for sharing this with me. Oh, and the pet name, hmmm I think a bit of both – how funny? Thank you so much for your comment and for making me really laugh this morning!

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  2. I can’t help but smile at this post. I now have 3 teens and 3 almost teens and it is all too familiar! I’m afraid as parents we just hot that “too embarrassing ” stage, mine would go spare if I even wrote up a post like this so you are doing better than me! Very reassuring to read though. #MarvMondays

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  3. Haha… oh dear, I didn’t know about the Netflix and chilling… I feel old now. I’m dreading the teenage years, okay, my boy is only 15 months, so I have a while to go, but I’ve never liked teenagers. Not when I was a child, not when I was a teenager myself, and nothing’s changed… I still don’t like teenagers… will have to work on that, as he will become one one day… goes off to chat to David about it! I can borrow him for a moment, right? 🙂

    Great post #bigpinklink

    Nadia – ScandiMummy x

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  4. You know, I feel like my teen years weren’t all that long ago… I’m not quite 29 yet… But I DO NOT understand teen language these days at all. I have a couple of sort of friends who are a few years younger than me and seem to still get the whole teen language Netflix-and-chill shit and they make me feel SO OLD. By the time my boys are teens I’m sure I will feel like I came out of the Ark. So I reckon you’re doing better than me already! #KCACOLS

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  5. Oh nooooo!!!!!! You poor thing, it must be so hard when you’re just interested, and really really care about their well being, especially when being a teenager is so so hard, and you know this, and you’re just trying to help them through it!! I knew about the Netflix and chill, and I have to say-THAT NEEDS TO STOP BEING A THING!!!! Why did someone have to take my favourite activity, and turn in into something it just absolutely isn’t?!!!!! I love that you’re turning this into a series-I think it’s definitely going to be interesting and popular!!
    #bigpinklink

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    1. Oh thank you so so much for such a gorgeous comment! I’m so impressed you knew – hats off to you and yes it does need to stop being a thing! Thank you so much for your kind words and for hosting a fab linky xx

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  6. Aaagh! Fair play to you for trying to talk to her. Talking to my 14yo son is similar, although he mainly just grunts and mumbles. There is a girl he likes, I don’t think she’s actually his girlfriend but they’re in touch a lot. Apparently we are never, ever allowed to meet her!

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  7. Geesh!! So good to know I’m not by myself. My daughter will talk to me, on her own terms of course, if I approach her with something it’s a little iffy. My sons tell me very little. It’s discouraging at times, but I will always keep the lines of communication open,so on the rare occasion that they do, I’m available. Teenagers 🙄

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    1. oh thank you for your comment – they really are all so different aren’t they – I have one that wont talk and one who is an over sharer – so hard to switch between the two and parent them accordingly! But you’re right, they just have to know that you are there and wont be judgemental x

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  8. Oh God you know I’m dreading this, knew I shouldn’t have clicked on this post 🙂 Just kidding, brilliant post, I can just imagine it now, am cringing knowing this will be exactly me in about 10 years – gaaaahhhhhhhhh 🙂 I’m pretty sure even the Beckham kids don’t discuss this kind of thing with their parents though – it’s just goes against everything being a teenagers stands for right?? xx #passthesauce

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  9. This couldn’t help but take me back to my teens when trying to compare. I think it was slightly different in so far as there were perhaps less of them (boyfriends) as a teen and when they did come home there was generally some kind of drama! Which is not the same kind of drama as one experiences today, rather my dad being over protective and thinking he was funny at the same time! Same thing? I wonder? Did they think they were being cool and that we just needed to lighten up? Gosh you have me thinking now!!

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  10. Hahah yes! Although Lewis isn’t quite a teenager at twelve, this is how our conversations go too! I only know he has a girlfriend when he changes his “bio” on Instagram and then he and his girlfriend comment on eachothers photos with the most cringeworthy of comments and emojis of flames, I’m led to believe this means hot!! #TwinklyTuesdays

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    1. aww the emoji relationship – perfect for a 12 year old boy! I have a boy of 12 also – will be 13 in September (So I’m guessing our boys are the same school year!) and I feel a bit for him as he just sits and watches the dramas of his 16 and 14 year old sisters that it must be enough to put him off – I’m happy with that! Thank you so much for commenting lovely xx

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      1. Yes! Started high school last September and suddenly thinks he’s a grown up!! Boys are way more chilled out though I find? Too chilled out in some ways, god help me if I try to get him in the shower!!!!! xx

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    1. I know! Funnily I have one who is an over sharer (and trust me sometimes it’s too much!) and then one who is a closed book. My youngest chats for England but who knows what he’ll be like when girlfriends are on the scene! Thank you for your comment lovely! x

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  11. So hard to get conversation out of teens sometimes – my two are still little (and I’m making the most of this time when they still think I’m amazing and wonderful!) but I have this problem with my nieces now. I bet the Beckhams also have the same issue when they try to talk to their teens too!

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  12. My teenage sister is a bit like this. My boys are much younger at the moment so I’m still cool in their eyes but that probably won’t last long!

    #TwinklyTuesday

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  13. Puts head in hands..I will not survive teen years I am hideously uncool already. I was singing in the car yesterday and Leo asked I stop cause my voice was hurting his ears, I danced with him at a kids party and he edged away and went, stop that, you are too old. You are an amazing mumm! #bloggerclubuk

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  14. Oh I’m going to struggle with these conversations so much…I’ll want to know but I sort of won’t want to KNOW!! Netflix and chill sounds like a lovely way to spend an evening…I have literally NO idea about what it actually means so maybe it’s not such a lovely way to spend an evening? Or maybe it is but a different sort of lovely? Oh god, see? See? I’m going to lose every time when mine are teens #bigpinklink

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    1. Yay I wasn’t the only one – but then you haven’t got teens so you’re allowed not to know! I felt really old when they couldn’t believe I didn’t know. Though Ifelt really cool when I knew what banter meant – they seriously thought their generation had invented the word! Thank you for your comment lovely xx

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  15. oh dear, I’m sure if you changed the subject to home work you may get a different conversation… hmmm or maybe not! I’m lucky I didn’t get this with my Mum, I didn’t have to drive anywhere long distance with her, I didn’t have a boyfriend until I’d moved out and I gave her little or no concern! lol! good luck #triballove #bloggerclubUK

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  16. Hahaha brilliant! I dread to think how it will all be in 12 years when H is 13. Scary thoughts!
    Thanks for sharing on #kcacols hope you can link up on Sunday with Franca x

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  17. I’ve got a 9 year old and 6 year old and I’m already noticing the attitudeyness of the eldest! I’m a little bit dreading the teenage monosyllabic years! I guess when you get there you just deal with it? I think I’ll be relatively cool but it’s inevitable I soooooo won’t – I’ll have to come to terms with that ha ha x #stayclassy

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    1. I want to be the cool parent so much!! But hey one of mine is a total over sharer and sometimes that has its limits so I guess somewhere in the middle would be good! Thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment x

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  18. My kids are too tini tiny to have anyone in their minds that it’s not me so I do consider myself lucky for now… I used to be just like teen 2 every time my nan asked me about my boyfriend – yes its not a spelling mistake. My mum never really asked because really i think she was a bit worried about the answers but my nan, my nan would ask away and I would give her NOTHING!
    Great first chronologue and I can’t wait to read more of this series. #bloggerclubuk

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  19. I’ sure there’s moments where Brooklyn cringes at something his parents do/say too lol
    Thanks for linking up to #BloggerClubUK 🙂
    Debbie

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  20. Oh no is this going to happen to me? I want to be the cool Mom that my teen wants to talk to… waaahhh, I don’t think it’s possible, is it? hahah I love this idea, the Teenage Chronologues : ) I was thinking that maybe the car ride would help you bond, but then realised it didn’t work, maybe you could Snapchat her? Would that be a better form of communication? Can’t wait to read more. : ) Thanks for sharing with #StayClassy!

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  21. You tried! Dont beat yourself up too much though, Im pretty sure how the conversation goes between most parents and their teens. Give it a few more years and she’ll be coming to you for your advice, and before you know it you’ll be drinking tea and eating cake whilst discussing the latest beau in her life. Until then it might have to be daydreams of convos with beckham 😉 Thanks for sharing this on #MarvMondays. Emily

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  22. Hi Helen, I only recently learned what ‘Netflix and chill’ meant, when I asked my daughter if she fancied an evening of Netflix and chiiling with me. She nearly choked on her dinner and insisted that ‘Netflix and chill’ did not mean chilling out and watching Netflix, to which I replied “of course it does, what else could it possibly mean?”.

    At the moment I am counting my lucky stars as my sixteen year old daughter has her first boyfriend and happily chats with me about him. I’ve not met him yet, but have seen him from a distance. She told me that when she first mentioned that she had a boyfriend to me, she was surprised that I didn’t give her the first degree (her friends had). The truth be told, it wasn’t that I was acting the cool Mum, it’s that I wasn’t sure what to say without sending her running for the hills, luckily it worked out and she is quite relaxed talking…. Which usually happens when I retreat to the bedroom to do some blogging!

    xx

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    1. Oh I’m so glad I wasn’t the only one not to know – I can just picture the scene – brilliant! Just how my girls reacted! Aww so lovely she chats to you – I have one who is an over sharer!!!! and one who is more reserved – so funny as I parent the same way – she just seems shier so I have to respect that bless her – she isn’t stroppy with it but just more reserved with her emotions – makes my heart swell for her really as I always think talking helps! Thank you so so much for your gorgeous comment xx

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