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10 things they never told you about living with a teenager

10 things they never told you about living with a teenager

I don’t want to scare anyone yet to reach this wonderful phase of childhood or rein doom and gloom on the world of being the proud owner of a teenager, but I think that it’s time there was some honesty between us, we’re friends right?

Ok some of you I’ve ever met and the odds are that we never will, but just by the sheer notion that you’re reading this, I’m rewarding you by sharing a little known secret that other parents of teenagers have been keeping from you.

If you’ve already passed this intrepid journey into adult hood with your nearest and dearest, then its a gentle reminder of what you survived. Feel free to toast yourself that these years have passed, you survived albeit a little battle scared, and spare a thought for others still paddling through.

This is what you no one ever told you about living with teenagers.


Doors will be slammed, things will be broken your kitchen work tops will never be clean. Teenagers suddenly become incredibly clumsy, simple tasks that they’d mastered throughout childhood become difficult again.  Their limbs take on a life of their own which prevents them from shutting cupboard doors, picking up dirty clothes and putting things in the dishwasher. Some male teenagers never get those skills back.


You’ll have 1 room in the house where the door is always shut on the off-chance you have visitors. The teenager’s bedroom. They are blind to anything below waist height, meaning the sea of clothes, wet towels and school work strewn across the floor, are completely and utterly beyond their sight line. As nagging no longer works, they build up an immunity to it you see, the only thing you have left to do is to shut the door and pretend everything’s ok.


You have to learn a new language  if you want to know what they did at school/where their going/who they’re going with. It’s not easy though as this new language is incomprehensible to anyone else who is not a teenager. Moving their lips becomes hard work so they evolve into a mumble dialect. Hearing is also a problem so the safest and easiest way to let them know dinner’s ready is to text.


You’ll have to up your ‘family days out’ agendas as it’s now optional as to whether they join you, and always throw in the offer of a Maccy D’s to be on the safe side(that’s teen speak for McDonalds, I think, or it was last week anyway). Spending time with their parents is physically painful and any request for their company is met with fright, anger, disgust or treated as just plain weird.


The kitchen cupboards will empty within hours of being refilled. These guys have an insatiable hunger that only crisps, cereal and their brother’s / sisters favourite snack will quench.Fruit is no longer an acceptable option, along with bread sticks, diluted fruit juice and homemade fairy cakes.


They grow in foot high spurts. In the blink of an eye every pair of trousers they own will hang around their shins. You’ll sometimes wonder if you’ve accidentally slept for a month as you’re sure that yesterday everything fitted.

You will no longer be the fountain of all knowledge.  In fact, you’re so unknowing and out of date that they will stop asking you any questions and will disagree with almost everything you say, with 1 exception (see below)


Despite you now being the household dunce (in their eyes, you’re not don’t worry, one day they’ll even admit this to you)  you are expected to know the where abouts of their school bus pass/mobile phone/homework.


you’ll get no sympathy from your parents when you need to moan about them. It’s considered payback and they’ve been waiting a very long time for you to get your comeuppance. Revenge is a dish best served cold and as your own parents knew more than you, back when you were a teenager, they knew these days would come.


You will take on a second job as personal chauffeur with a zero hour contract, no pay and no holiday allowance but you’ll do it for the pleasure of knowing they’re safe and because you love them and know that one day they’ll look back and remember all the nice things you did for them.

And because it’s a sight lot bloody cheaper than paying a taxi fare. 

For my mum & dad who always knew more than me. Sorry x

10 things they never told you about living with a teenager by mum in a nutshell



  1. 7th April 2015 / 7:59 pm

    I have 2 teenage boys. Messy, full of attitudes, crazy girlfriends calling my cell phone when they won’t answer theirs, complain about everything….there are days I would rather have 10 toddlers rather then those 2. ;D

    • 7th April 2015 / 9:23 pm

      I’m only 1 teenager in at the moment with another on the way. Don’t envy you with 2!

  2. 8th April 2015 / 9:18 am

    I love this post…. but it has scared me about what is to come, my kids are 1 and 2 years old, so fingers crossed a long way to go. x

    • 11th April 2015 / 10:24 am

      You might be lucky. I was a horrible teenager so this is payback, Its not all bad though. They can be great company and really good at fetching things from high shelves.

  3. 8th April 2015 / 11:44 am

    I love this post! Despite being 18 myself, I still struggle to understand my 15 year old brothers ‘language’ (mumblings) & all the characteristics you mentioned! 🙂

    Maeve // Thrift O’Clock

    • 8th April 2015 / 3:51 pm

      Lol! I think that confirms it that its a boy thing, I don’t remember mumbling as a teenager!

  4. Ashley @ When the Dust Settles
    8th April 2015 / 1:54 pm

    Yup that all sounds right to me, add in it’s like having a herd of elephants at all hours of the day and night wandering around your house (my teen tries to sneak downstairs, but apparently is deaf to his own footsteps as he slams each foot down!).

    • 11th April 2015 / 10:22 am

      Yes! I forgot the heard of elephants. They can’t go anywhere quietly can they, or shut the front door softly.

  5. 9th April 2015 / 11:10 am

    My son is just about to be 5. But at home in the Philippines I have so many cousins who always stays with me and they are in diff age and some of them are teenagers and yes this post rings true! #sharewithme

  6. 9th April 2015 / 7:40 pm

    Consider it a warning, you’ll be here before you know it!

  7. 9th April 2015 / 8:21 pm

    What a FAB post… although I am now dreading teenagehood hitting my household. I already live with a “threenager” and shes a nightmare. #MadMidWeekBlogHop

    • 10th April 2015 / 7:45 am

      Lol! I love that term threenager. I wonder if that’s a girl thing cause my teen was adorable at 3.

  8. 10th April 2015 / 1:18 pm

    Ha ha I laughed my head of to this, I can relate to several points especially 8 and 9 xx

    • 10th April 2015 / 6:01 pm

      Not sure if it’s just teen boys. But this is definitely how life is for us with one.

  9. 10th April 2015 / 6:02 pm

    Thanks for the tip, to I drink it or offer it to my teen!

  10. Jenny
    10th April 2015 / 8:33 pm

    hahah I love this and yet I am petrified to ever have teenagers and I know it will come my turn and I am just dreading it. Teens are hard!! Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me. Have a great weekend. #sharewithme

    • 10th April 2015 / 9:15 pm

      It’s sort of on par with having a toddler but you have to look up instead of down when you tell them off.

  11. 10th April 2015 / 10:54 pm

    I have five children with quite big age gaps. My eldest is just about to turn eighteen and just as I feel we are coming through the terrible teens the next one is fast approaching!!
    My youngest is only a year so I have years left of door slamming, moaning and generally unreasonable teenagers!! X

    • 11th April 2015 / 5:09 am

      You sound like you’re in exact the same situation as I’m in. At least another 18 years left, although I’m hoping to have mastered it by then!

  12. 11th April 2015 / 10:17 am

    I’m putting a lot of our teenage moments down to karma at the moment. Although he’s no where near as bad as i was, which is a worry that the worst is yet to come!

  13. 11th April 2015 / 11:12 am

    Great post! This is equally funny and scary. As a teenager I saw this and laughed. Yet 18 years on and now a parent It’s a scary thought to think one day my boys will be like this. I hope by then I can laugh at it. Thanks for linking up with us on the #bigfatlinky

    • 11th April 2015 / 2:41 pm

      My husband & I try to see the funny side of it to alleviate the stress

  14. 11th April 2015 / 6:15 pm

    Oh my gosh, I was a horrible teenager. I am going to be paid back in full when my 2 year old grows up!!x

    • 15th April 2015 / 8:44 pm

      you might be lucky, my son isn;t any where near as bad as I was though!

  15. 12th April 2015 / 1:42 pm

    I have come out of the other side as a step-mum to a teenager. On her 17th birthday it was like a light came on and she returned to the lovely person I knew before the hormones kicked in. She is still messy in the kitchen and bathroom (at times) and when she is home from Uni her room is a dump (in stark contrast to her room in the student house) but thankfully the attitude has gone. I hope that gives anyone that reads this some hope.

    Good luck and fingers crossed!

    • 12th April 2015 / 4:12 pm

      That is music to my ears! I’m only 2 years away so I can cope with that. Thanks for sharing

  16. 12th April 2015 / 8:41 pm

    Haha! Great post! With having two teenage boys myself I hear you on every.single.word! *passes cake* Thanks for linking up with #MMWBH xx

  17. 12th April 2015 / 9:04 pm

    Sometimes I feel as though I’m living with teenagers, but my girls are only three! Thanks for linking up to the #BinkyLinky

    • 13th April 2015 / 9:25 am

      I’ve heard of the threenager term, wonder if that means they’ll be lovely teenagers if you’re going through it now?

  18. Pinkoddy
    13th April 2015 / 1:05 pm

    I once wrote a post about the benefits of having a teen with Aspergers syndrome and can (sorry) thankfully say most of that did not apply to my 18 year old at all. Best of luck with it all.

    • 13th April 2015 / 1:59 pm

      Really, he’s generally a good kid. My 1st experience of parenting a teen with 2 more to go so I need to get use to it I guess

  19. 15th April 2015 / 11:18 pm

    Oh goody!! I have SO much to look forward to! 😉 I am the eldest of 7 so I do remember some of these happening when my younger siblings approached their teens! Thank you so much for linking to #PoCoLo x

  20. 16th April 2015 / 10:17 am

    Thanks so much for linking this up to the 100th parenting pin it party. I need to read and take note of all of this; my daughter is nine and we are already getting slammed door *quakes in terror* 😉

  21. 16th April 2015 / 8:37 pm

    ahh I’m going to have three teenage girls all at the same time I’m terrified! so right about the payback though my dad says it to me now when ever i mention my girls were playing up! thanks for linking up to #sundaystars

    • 16th April 2015 / 9:05 pm

      Oh no! At least you’re getting it all & done with in one go!

  22. 16th April 2015 / 10:52 pm

    Haha! Great post and insight – I’m not sure I want a teenager, but at least I should be prepared if I get one anyway 😉 I have to say, even pre teenagers we have a number of rooms that are always shut when visitors coming a-knocking 😉 haha!

    Thanks for linking up to #TheList xx

  23. Cheryl, @ Cheryl mum of 5
    2nd May 2015 / 11:29 pm

    Yep you just about covered everything i find annoying about my 17 and 18 year old lads. Great post.

  24. 28th August 2016 / 10:46 am

    This is hilariously brilliant but true. Kudos to you for making me laugh whilst thinking about my door slamming, mess making gorgeous fourteen year old but I can confirm it does get better I also have a thoughtful house clearing, regular phoning, hard working nineteen year old.

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