When every mom and dad who congratulated me on my pregnancy and then later my beautiful infants/toddlers warned, “just wait until they become teens,” I always wondered how bad could it be. I mean, what could be worse than up-all-nights, being thrown up on and cleaning up poop and barf, and answering a million and one questions from a child who refuses to nap?
Well. I hate to say it, but they weren’t lying. My two sweethearts are now 15 and 16 and I have to admit that I don’t mind how much time they spend in their bedrooms if it means I can be free of eye-rolling, snide remarks, and full-on tantrums that revival those terrible twos.
The only thing that makes me feel better is knowing this is absolutely normal, as the 20 tweets from real-life parents of teens show. Ready for a laugh?
18: Hey mom don’t let me forget I have a test in English tomorrow.
Me to 18: Don’t forget you have a test in English tomorrow.
18: Oh my god mom, stop bugging me! It’s so annoying!
– Positively R@ndi @icanteven001
Nothing makes me more nervous than a text from my teenage son that says, “How soon will you and mom be home?
– Travis Bone @FinallyHeSleeps
Parenting teenagers is easy since they already know everything.
– James Kurtis @OnAirGuy
Having a teenager is like having a cat that only comes out to eat and hisses at you when you try and pet it.
– A Beautiful Mess @vrthinkingmind
I often think parenting teenage boys is like Moses parting the waters of Yam Suph.
It requires patience and determination but ultimately divine intervention and has only been successfully attempted once.
– Cole Henley @cole007
My 14-year-old just told me that she needs new socks because she “went through” all of hers. This is parenting a teenager.
– MimiRoeRN @nursemelanie3
An underappreciated part of parenting involves having a teenager who can pick up the other half of heavy furniture and help you move it.
That, plus the limited window of NOT having to wash all the dishes and mow the yard? ERRYBODY needs to get some of these people.
– Jefferson Dogsled @jefferson_hick
I shut my teen’s bedroom door to make my house feel cleaner.
– Sara @sara_ashlynn
Whenever my teen cleans his room, I get a brand new set of dishes.
– MomOfTeen @MomofTeen
So what’s the positive parenting methods for teenage who is acting OUT and is staying out past curfew intentionally?
Cause my gut reaction is to remove all the tires.
– Will Work for Books @BigBumAndASmile
Shoutout to all the parents who’re ruining their teens’ life by making them wear weather-appropriate clothing.
– Wellness Witchery @themandiem
Can anyone recommend a good wine that pairs well with a teenager’s shitty attitude?
– Rodney LaCroix @RodLaCroix
My tween has really been embracing social distancing. She has not left her room since March.
– bipolarmommi @karengiannina6
“I’m not really hungry for dinner” is teenager for “you are definitely going to find empty soda bottles and 16 fruit snack wrappers in my bedroom.
– Sweet Momissa @sweetmomissa
My Saturday night plans: picking up the teen from HER Saturday night plans.
– Stephanie Ortiz @six_pack_mom
50% of parenting is pretending to be interested in things you aren’t.
– Laura Thien @thienangst
My favorite genre of tweet is Parenting Advice from Teenager Who’s Mad at Their Mom.
– Claire Taylor @ClaireM_taylor
Having teenagers is a lot like having toddlers — except their toys are more expensive and they’re harder to force into the shower.
– Foxy Wine Pocket @foxywinepocket
Parenting a teen is basically ground them, forgetting they’re grounded and grounding them again. Until they graduate high school.
– HBM @hellboundmomma
The parenting books don’t prepare you for how gross teenage boys are gonna be.
– Your Other Jolly Mom @difficultpatty
Lissa Poirot is an award-winning lifestyle writer who covers health, wellness and travel. Her work has appeared on websites such as WebMD, FamilyVacationCritic and the New York Times, as well as print in magazines including Vegetarian Times and Arthritis Today.