5 Things My Teenager Does (and Doesn’t Do) to Slowly Zap My Sanity (PHOTOS)

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Someone is moving into the apartments above and next door to mine, and during the day, there is an infernal symphony of banging, clanging, and knocking around. And still, I can’t imagine that the whirlwind of activity could produce a mess greater than the one that lurks just a few feet down the hallway in Teen Child’s room. Homegirl knows how to trash the joint like a rock star—and at Guinness record pace, too.

I’ll walk by at like 3:30 just before she gets home from school, and a mere half hour later, it’ll look like the aftermath of a megasale in the juniors' department. Clothes everywhere, shoes all over the place, and my jaw hinging to my collarbone in disbelief.

I’ve had to learn how to pick my daily battles, however. I’d drive both of us crazy hollering about the same thing like clockwork. But that doesn’t mean I won’t wring my hands to the teen parenting gods—why oh why can’t she just put the coat on a hanger? and other pleas of mercy—and make them fodder for a blog post. A mama’s gotta vent. 

She makes architectural structures out of the garbage instead of, like, taking it out.

She doesn’t feel like putting all of the clean laundry away, so she’ll just toss some of it back in with the dirty stuff. Angelic.

She rides the bandwagon for a food, requests it religiously on the grocery store run, eats it so ravenously I have a hard time keeping it in stock, then without any warning or explanation, abandons it to the back of a cabinet or the fridge. (Seriously, 12 grapes? She couldn’t eat these last 12 grapes?)

Paper towels
She gets close to replacing empty paper towel/toilet paper rolls/tissue boxes ... but not quite.

She leaves a flea’s swig of juice in the bottle, just enough to quench the front part of my tongue.

What does your kid do to drive you crazy around the house? 


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gridi... gridironsmom

Lol. Husbands are good at this too.

handy... handy0318

All that and more. I love the towering trash sculptures, we have one in the service room as I write. I could have taken it out last night, but decided to make my daughter do it this morning for the good of her soul.

My sisters assure me that I'll miss them like crazy when they're up and out...

nonmember avatar mom_of_3

My 13 year old is homeschooled ... and has taken to drinking tea. And eating like crazy. I've tried numerous times to explain portion control and the fact that she wont have her thin figure for long if she keeps it up. Last night she wanted seconds on dinner (which her plate was 2x the size of mine) & I fought with her to drink a glass of water & wait 20 minutes to see if she'd still be hungry. My breaking point came this morning when I realized that we had absolutely NO sugar at all for my morning coffee since she had blown thru 5 lbs of sugar in the past month for her tea & oatmeal. I have one cup of coffee in the morning & one cup of tea at night. Oh ... did I mention she was 10 lbs heavier at her last weigh in for her physical (last weigh in was 4 months ago). I get she's a growing teen, but seriously! When I was her age I had a six pack from working out & being active with police explorers. And walking to & from school. Damn. I want my coffee!

butte... butterflyfreak

LOL gridironsmom, I was thinking the same thing. My husband does ALL of those things! And he leaves empty boxes (ceral, for example) on the kitchen counter!

justk... justkeeplaughin

Mine drive me crazy by leaving trash on the counter instead of in trash can. Putting new roll of toliet paper in top of the old empty one. My favorite one, though , is the food wrappers shoved in the decorative hole on TV stand!

ashjo85 ashjo85

I totally do the last two. Makes hubs CRAZY!

zraunt zraunt

Empty cereal boxes (yes multiple) in the pantry. Half slices off cheese in the fridge.

zraunt zraunt

I forgot the stack of recycling that never makes it to the curb. It just grows in the garage.

Nelli... NellieAthome

Cured the kids that summered with us of not putting their stuff away. House rule - stuff has its place, if it is not in its place and not being actively used I bag it and toss it. Leave dirty plates. etc in your room, you lose privilege of eating snacks in your room. Leave empty cartons all around, you lose the privilege of getting your own meals. You eat when I out it on the table or you don't eat until the next meal.....

Actions have consequences and unless we want the next generation to live in a pigsty we need to teach them to be responsible.

slwinner slwinner

Things left in the teenagers room on the floor are considered garbage. Ooops, left your Ipod on the floor. It's gone. Garbage day was yesterday. If you care about it do not leave it on the floor. Lesson learned? Maybe.

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