Life with teenage boys

Teenage boys.

They need lots of lifts, they eat lots of food, they leave mess all over the kitchen and they leave towels all over the bathroom. And they say things like this:

 

13yo son: MUUUM! I’ve got no school trousers.

Me in worried voice: What, NONE AT ALL?

(Does mental calculations over whether damp trousers can be tumble dried/ blasted with a hairdryer in the 10 minutes before we need to set off for school.)

Me looking in wardrobe: What about these?

(Removes pair of brand new, unworn school trousers, still with labels on.)

 

Phone rings.

15yo son: Can you ring the bus company? My violin isn’t at school!

(Goes to bedroom to double check before making total fool of self phoning the bus company. Locates violin in under two seconds.)

Me: It’s in your bedroom. Under a pile of towels and clothes.

Violin, Son, Teenager

You couldn’t make it up. These two conversations occurred on the same morning within an hour of each other. This is the reality of life with teenage boys.

At some point in the not too distant future, my lovely boys will fly the nest and will be expected to be responsible for themselves. To actually look for their own possessions and have them with them at the right time. And to be wearing clothes. Preferably clean ones. Which they have washed and put away in a place where they can easily locate them again.

It’s a scary thought.

Are all teenage boys as disorganised as mine? Are girls as bad?

 

Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. The violin one made me laugh but some of this reminds me of my husband!! I think they just tend to know you’ll know so rely on you for everything but I reckon they’ll be fine once they’re at uni / moved out…hopefully 🙂

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    • Thanks very much, I do hope so! My husband isn’t inept at all, but his mum did very little for him as a teenager, so he had to learn to look after himself. Of course by being helpful I’m kind of being unhelpful as they will never learn!

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  2. No I think this is a boy thing! Or at least in my experience it is! I’m afraid I didn’t have much patience for this phase with my son and would leave him to deal with consequences of his forgetfulness. It was the only way to teach him. But I now realise how mean that must make me sound?! He’s a fully fledged adult out in the big world now though and the forgetfulness is a distant memory 😉

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    • Thank goodness they get through it! I admire you for being unhelpful, I think I should d that a bit more. I’m also relieved to hear it’s probably only a boy thing, so I hopefully won’t have to go through it a third time!

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  3. I don’t think it is just boys….My teen girl does things like this. lol
    She is always forgetting things….I too let her deal with the consequences of forgetting things. She’s had a detention a while ago. She forgot her PE kit and I wouldn’t take it to school….She knew she needed it that day and since then has never forgotten it. hehehe So she is learning, slowly.

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    • That’s a shame, I was hoping my daughter would be better! 🙁
      Am impressed at you not taking the PE kit in. I always threaten that I’ll do that, but have never actually gone through with it!

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  4. LOL! My 8 year old is like this already – what hope have I got??!!

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    • Oh dear! To be fair, my eldest was always bad, but my younger son used to be organised until he started secondary school. I live in hope that my daughter will be better than this!

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  5. haha I can relate to the one where you find clean school trousers with the tags on in the wardrobe despite being told there is ‘nothing’ in there! My daughter is a teen and mostly responsible for her stuff but she has selective hearing moments!

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    • My sons have many ‘selective hearing moments’. I’m really hoping they grow out of it sooner rather than later!

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  6. My 12 year old son declared that his PE kit was nowhere to be found this morning. I suggested he take a *proper* look in the cupboard where it usually is. Guess what? They actually cannot see for looking. You’re definitely not alone!

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    • Oh dear, that made me laugh. They really are all the same!

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  7. My son is 9 years old and is starting to act like a teenager already. His room is so messy that I have to stand at the door to talk to him! My daughter is neater but much younger. I dread the teenage years!

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    • Good luck to you! My boys have always had messy bedrooms and my eldest has always been pretty disorganised, but it’s a fairly recent thing for my younger son. I can’t believe how bad he is!

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  8. Oh my goodness they never grow out of that! Haven’t you ever heard of the man look? Your teen is just practicing, one day he’ll be a pro. My husband once lost a £200 pair of Oakleys within 8 hours of buying them. So yeah, good luck 😉
    Nat.x

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    • Oh my goodness, that’s impressive! My husband isn’t like this at all – probably because his mum did very little for him from the age of 13. I think I’ve got this parenting lark all wrong! x

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    • Thanks! They certainly do drive me to distraction, but I wouldn’t have them any other way and I’d be bored without them, wouldn’t I?!

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  9. My oldest (he’s 20 now) was incredibly organised – I think a bit OCD, my daughter is the same actually… they don’t take after me lol

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    • Wow, that’s impressive! I’m quite jealous!

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  10. Funnily enough my teen son is FAR neater and organised than my daughter. He puts his uniform away, kind of hangs his towels up and even makes his bed. Ok we had the ‘toast incident’ a while ago, but other than that I can’t complain. Daughter on the other hand is a scruffy madam x

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    • Wow, that’s impressive! My daughter is much better than my boys, although she does leave her clothes all over her bedroom floor! x

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  11. Ahem, I would argue this is all males at all ages. My husband still never knows where his keys or glasses are 😉

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  12. At least they are making happy memories for you!
    They sound like a bundle of fun x

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  13. I have an 8 year old and 5 year old and they are already a bit like this so I dread the teenage years, sometimes they need a big flashing sign on something to be able to see it lol.

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  14. This was my brother’s growing up. Especially the violin. As the mother of two boys and one girl, still a long way from teens, but definitely interested to see how they turn out x

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  15. I’ve never had this with my teenage daughter but already can see signs of it in my 11 year old son 😉

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  16. Yep, I hear you. Mine are a nightmare and although two are coming out the otherside, Isaac seems to be going in early……….I have the same trouser issue with him too

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