Teenagers – make your lives easier!

It’s not easy being a teenager. I get that. There’s so much pressure on them these days – homework, exams, revision, relationships, friendships, nagging parents, trying to look cool, avoiding bullies, being funny and popular on social media etc etc.

Teenagers are judged from all angles – by their teachers, their friends, kids at their school who most definitely aren’t their friends, their siblings and their parents.

So it’s not surprising that if being a teenager is hard, that parenting a teenager is no flipping walk in the park either! If they’re feeling angry or down about this pressure, who do they take it out on? Their teachers? Their friends?

Nope. It’s on us. Their long-suffering parents. Not to mention their long-suffering siblings.

So I’ve come up with an amazing plan for teenagers to make their lives easier and cut at least some of the stress.

Parents always nagging? Well, here’s a tip… Try doing what they say.

Here’s some things you might want to try:

  • Getting up on time
  • Going to bed on time
  • Doing your homework on time
  • Making sure there’s some biscuits left in the cupboard for your siblings and some bread for your dad’s packed lunch
  • Handing letters from school to your parents when you get them
  • Handing letters and cheques in at school when your parents give them to you
  • Being nice to your siblings
  • Removing wrappers from your pockets before you put your clothes in the wash
  • Putting clothes in the wash when dirty (and definitely not when clean)
  • Putting clothes in the wardrobe when clean (and definitely not when dirty)
  • Being quiet when your siblings are trying to sleep

There, that wasn’t so difficult, was it? Nothing too taxing. Do all of that and you’ll notice something amazing – your parents don’t nag, your siblings are calmer and don’t argue with you. Instantly your life is easier!

You’re welcome.

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Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. I was definitely the teenager that took everything out on her parents. But I never finished all the biscuits, that was always my brother. 🙂

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    • Ha ha, I used to finish the biscuits, it was my brother that took everything out on my parents. He ate a lot of biscuits too!

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  2. Love this and am going to try it, although the biscuit / bread one won’t work here! Lol

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    • Thanks very much! There’s no stopping them from eating biscuits and bread!

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  3. Haha you’re very optimistic, it’s a lovely idea but it will never catch on 😉

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    • Thanks very much, I can live in hope, can’t I?

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  4. I am going to print this out and put it on the teens wall/head/phone. What is it with teens putting clean clothes in the laundry basket…. Oh yes its easier to do that than remove a hanger from the wardrobe, put an item of clothing on it and put back in wardrobe. Grrrrrrr x

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    • I just don’t get it! I get so much washing out of both boys’ baskets that looks remarkably clean. Sometimes it’s still actually folded! Grrr indeed!

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  5. Hahaha. I could have written this exactly. Bed is a huge issue, as is homework, food, letters and being nice. I think teenagers have an inbuilt telepathic connection to each other.

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    • I think you’re right! Every time I read about teenagers it’s like I’m actually reading about my own son. They are all remarkably similar.

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  6. Rubbish in the pockets? Totally DOES MY HEAD IN! As does the rest of the list tbh. I’m not sure they will ever ‘get’ any of the above but we can keep trying….;)

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    • We can live in hope, can’t we? The amount of rubbish in the pockets here is incredible. And there’s only one person who does it! Grrr!

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  7. I think I had a different teenage life than most and I was no angel. I love this post and have saved it for when my little monsters get there. x

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    • Thanks! Sadly those days come round far too quickly! I was a good teen and my son isn’t too bad, but these niggles can be hard work! x

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  8. You blog is both an instruction manual and a warning for me. I get a great insight as to what’s going to come my way…..and how to deal with it. Question is….will any teenager follow your list??

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    • Ha ha, sorry about that! From everything I’ve heard, girls are harder than boys (sorry!). And in answer to your question – no he won’t! I’ve been issuing the same instructions/ requests for months now to no avail!

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  9. 20 years it took us to train one of our 5 kids, then 6 months in the army and they sorted him. Give up now and save yourself the pain. 🙂

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    • I like your style! Thanks.

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  10. Ha ha ha this list makes me laugh! I remember being a teen and any kind of advice from my Mum would make me fume! Sigh. I’ve got all this to come! x

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    • Yes, because obviously mums know nothing and going to bed/ getting up whenever you feel like it, eating all the food in the cupboards and being mean to your siblings is all perfectly normal and acceptable! 😉 x

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    • Fingers crossed! It seems so simple, yet I’m not holding my breath. I may have mentioned these things one or two times, but nothing has changed yet!

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  11. I love this and it is so true! Will they listen, no of course not because teenagers know far more than we do. Or at least they think they do.

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    • Thanks! Tell me about it, they know far more than we do! 😉

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