Don’t get me wrong with the title of this post. Our eldest is now in her third year of being a teenager and I feel like we’ve had it easy (touch wood). I had visions of slamming doors and mood swings galore but so far so good, three years down, four to go!
There are a few things I have noticed so I decided to make a list. So, you know you’re living with a teenager when…
50 % of communication is via text message.
Your teenage daughter has a make-up collection that would put a makeup artist to shame.
It is not acceptable to borrow said make-up without asking, however when your own make- up/cleanser/ goes missing, the same rules do not apply.
Foods that they have enjoyed their entire lives are no longer an option.
No matter how many times they explain to you the difference between talking to a boy and going out with a boy, it still goes way over your head (for anyone that doesn’t know, there are now stages to having a boyfriend).
Food shopping is a more than once a week occurrence, they eat a lot (just not the foods that they used to like).
They can tuck you into bed at night as they manage to stay up way later than you now.
You may have to check for signs of life at lunchtime as they can sleep for Scotland!
Having your own music on in the car is frowned upon, the same rules don’t apply to them.
If you ask for them to tidy their bedroom, you may as well ask for everything to be shoved in a cupboard or a drawer.
Going out on an arranged day out takes longer than it did with a toddler.
You will find yourself saying “when I was your age” no matter how many times you told yourself that these words would never leave your mouth.
You will be having a conversation without realising you are being turned into a million different Snapchat filters.
Hormones. This needs no explanation.
You will get an endless supply of cuddles.
Don’t let people scare you off, when your babies grow into teenagers it really isn’t that bad. Just because they are older doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be showered in the same love you gave your baby. They might protest but they love it really.
Sure, they’ll have the odd meltdown but who doesn’t?