10 Reasons Parents of Teens Need to Stop Whining

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teen vs little kidTell me if you've heard this one: "Aww, she's cute now, but just wait until she's a teenager." I have. At least a few times a week, someone, usually someone who has a teenager at home, decides to pee in my Corn Flakes.

Yes. I get it. I have read the books. My daughter will one day be an acne-ridden mess of hormones and angst just like yours. But while you're busy trying to ruin my day, I'm one of those "when life hands you lemons, you make lemonade, heavy on the vodka" kind of moms. Lucky for you, I share.

So here's something to BRIGHTEN your day ... a look at why parents of teenagers have it a lot better than they think they do (even with all that door slamming and OMG, I hate you, Mom stuff):

1. Sleeping until noon on a Saturday is now officially back on your agenda. It's not like your kids are going to need you until 1 ... at the earliest.

2. Sex in the afternoon is back. It's not like they'll be caught dead coming anywhere near your room when the door is closed ... and the sound of their iPod drowns out any noise anyway.

3. If they "hate" what you make for dinner, they can go make their own peanut butter and jelly sandwich while you enjoy cauliflower mash that is still warm.

4. Kid-free Sunday afternoons? Three words sponsored by the term "working papers."

5. They may refuse to actually touch any of your clothes in the dryer; however, it has been years since you've found a horribly misshapen bra that was used as any of the following: slingshot, teddy bear earmuffs, "fancy" carrier for Barbies.

6. Taking them clothes shopping means going all by yourself to paw through the sale rack at The Gap for something you want to wear (where you will find that not one single sales clerk greets you with a look of terror).

7. You've seen more than one movie released in the last six months that did not rely heavily on talking animals to further the plot. Wait, scratch that. You've seen an actual movie. As in the whole thing.

8. When you read a book, you don't have to read it out loud unless there's a "Holy crap, this is so twisted and funny that you have to hear this Honey" kind of paragraph.

9. When your mother passes down a priceless family heirloom, your first thought was not "Oh shit, where am I going to hide this so it doesn't get broken?"

10. You pee alone. Every. Single. Time.

So there you have it. The scent of teen spirit may be heavy on the Axe and dirty gym socks, but there's something sweet in there too.

What are the good parts of the teen years that you are excited about?


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tbruc... tbrucemom

When they turn 16 and you don't have to drive them everywhere!

fleur... fleurdelys3110

I hope you aren't passing along the notion to your kids that you are expecting them to be teenage terrors. In reality, most teenagers are quite normal, level-headed human beings, not nocturnal mutants who only stay in their rooms. I know all of my friends and I were very mature, respectful, young adults. Stop feeding in to the stereotypes, since you'll only create a self-fulfilling prophecy with your own kids.

dynom... dynomitesmall

I hate it when people say that!! This is good stuff. I enjoy my young ones and when I do get frustrated about never getting to pee alone, I rememebr this only lasts a season. One day they will be all grown up.


N_mar... N_maricle

Love this list.. I get so annoyed when my kids are being terrors, and some stranger says "You think it's bad now? Wait till they are teenagers!" I doubt it! When is the last time you saw a mother with her teenagers at the store, one running in circles screeching the B I N G O song while pulling various sugared items off the shelf, the other with poop in his pants, screaming bloody murder in the cart because you forgot his blanket? Never. I will not be complaining to parents of toddlers when mine are finally teens. I'll probably be too busy living it up... Lol

kjbug... kjbugsmom1517

N_maricle hit the nail on the head. You dont see teenagers acting like banchees in target while the parents r pulling there hair out trying to keep them under control. Nobody tells u that the years between 4 and teens r also a train wreck. I cant wait till my kids r a bit older and i can enjoy alittle bit of quiet and not so much chaos.

jalaz77 jalaz77

They can drive themselves or our future date nights again where we don't have to get a sitter....IF IF IF we trust them, that is my fear : )

jalaz77 jalaz77

Oh yea....I can run errands without car seats, packing a bag.....THEY can drive me home from the bar : ) kidding kidding, or am I?

Iris0409 Iris0409

I LOVE this article so much :)

I have a teenager (16) and an infant (8 weeks) so I can speak to both sides without time having made things hazy. Teenagers are, physically, a billion times easier, for all the reasons you say. And it's glorious!!!

But they are harder emotionally than anything you ever thought possible. Not because they're bad or dramatic or any of that. It just hard as parents to let go of them, watch them do idiot things (teenagers are DUMB sometimes, jeez), know they have to make a lot of mistakes themselves in order to learn and grow, live with them making choices that veer quite far from what you envisioned for them, etc.

Being the mom of a teenager is the hardest thing I've ever done in my entire life, and I can say that with absolute seriousness because I'm going on 3 hours of sleep right now due to newborn stage awesomeness... 

But it's also wonderful :)

nonmember avatar Karen

You are right - and this is a great list. I know, I have teen-agers. And I still rejoice that I can go for a run/walk/swim and nobody is left at home or on the shore crying for me. I can run an errand without arranging child care. I can send them to sleep-away camp! I can skip a baseball game they're playing in and they honestly do not care. And I can laugh with them at joke that are actually funny, sometimes even in a grown-up way.

Water... Water_geM

just say "i dont plan on raising an asshhole..so it cool"

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