Monday, December 19, 2011

You Know You Have A Teenager When...

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True story... my fourteen-year-old was running late for school this morning. He still needed to get his shoes on, so he went up to his room to get them. He came back down wearing... slippers! I kid you not.

Then, when I told him to put on real shoes, he responded by saying, “They’re fine.”

“Um no!” I replied, taking the now familiar deep breath, “You’re not going to a slumber party.” (Even if he does nod off in class.) I then got the *look* and the sigh, as he went back to his room to put on appropriate footwear.

Here is a list of other things that may determine whether you have a teenager in the house:

  • Your child interprets “clean your room” to mean “throw everything in the closet.”

  • “Homework” refers only to written work that is due the next day. It does not include tests they may have to study for, books they may have to read, or projects due in the future. If any of the above exist without a written assignment due the next day, the answer to the question, “Do you have any homework,” will most certainly be “no.”

  • The words, “Mom would it be okay if...” usually involve a ride and some money.

  • They refuse to use an umbrella at the bus stop even though it is practically a monsoon.

  •  And when it's cold, you can forget about the winter coat, gloves, or hat.

  • They act as though waking them before 11:00am on the weekends is the cruelest form of punishment.

  • They believe sleepwear and daywear are interchangeable.

But through it all – I do love my teen... slippers and all.

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