Parents of Teenagers KNOW..

…why some animals eat there young! From National Geographic Society

If you came here today for one of my rosy “all is well in the universe” and “golly, gee, aren’t my kids cute?” posts you need to leave now. I mean it. Stop reading. I am NOT in a June Cleaver mood. I am in a meat cleaver mood.I may even say a bad word!

OK, so I guess anyone who is still around at this point stepped on their rose colored glasses too. Teenagers SUCK! No, I mean this literally. They! I blame it on breastfeeding! I do, really, (although, wait, I never really did that too long….hmmmm, maybe that is why they are so screwed up come to think of it, but I will save that for another post). See, when they are just these teeny tiny little innocent babes we teach them to suck all the goodness out of mom. We call it ‘nurturing’. They scream, we nurture. We fix.We teach them that mommy will make things all better.

Teenagers are worse than 2 year olds. Their tantrums are bigger, stronger and they have a much larger vocabulary to pull from. They are still the same tantrums though. They want what they want and they want it now and they often don’t care how they get it.

And you can’t protect them by swaddling them up in a little fuzzy blanket anymore.

They get to make real choices about their life. And those choices have consequences beyond the home. You don’t get to put a bandaid on those choices.

That hurts. And it is hard. It is heartbreaking to watch them suffer with consequences. You know they don’t have the maturity to fully comprehend the ramifications of poor decisions. But hey “It is not your life

And you know what? They are right. It isn’t your life and you can’t swoop in and save the day anymore. But that doesn’t stop it from killing you inside and that is how they suck the life right out of you!

So, should you see the ominous teenager species out in the wild, hide quickly from their venomous bites and should you be harboring one in your home? Dear God, quickly break open some blood red wine, call me and offer me some antidote too!

Phew, I got through that without saying the F word once!

oh….and don’t even leave me a comment if you are going to tell me you have some angelic, dna altered teen who does not ever throw tantrums. 1)I won’t believe you 2)I may have to hate you


  1. Bonnie Irving says:

    WOW! That was a Great POST! As a Mom of 4 the Species.. ( 3 of them female) I totally identfy with this Post!!!! I think i am going bald from pulling my hair out dealing with them…. then.. you have a lull… when things are relatively calm and quiet… ( i am enjoying that right now!!) gearing up for the next rocky moment..( i love my kids….. i love my kids…. i love my kids…. ) LOL

  2. I keep saying children are pets with opposable thumbs! Sounds like yours is being just as charming as mine is – share the wine and maybe we will live through it. :)

  3. This post made me laugh out loud. My oldest daughter is turning 13 in a matter of weeks. WE’ve already been through some interesting ordeals…but oh boy, oh boy….I am not looking forward to when it gets worse!
    .-= Lolli´s last blog ..M.O.M. Knows Best (Motor Oil Matters) =-.

  4. Oh great so this is what I get to look forward to in 10 years. Great post and goes to show nothing is every rosy all the time.
    .-= Jason´s last blog ..Monday Musings =-.

  5. hahaha I think thats a picture of my 15 yr old sister. She’s a nightmare… and I hear about it every day… and get so scared for when my kids reach those years.

    Hang in there Barb– If I lived closer you know you’d have a bottle of wine already! :)
    .-= complicated mama´s last blog ..Have you seen my rose colored glasses? =-.

  6. I can so completely relate. Having 2 sets of twins who are 6 and 4 is actually easier in a lot of ways than having one 14-year-old. I’m praying for my future self, when all four of my precious little ones are teenagers. I’m going to either go full on alcoholic or become really zen or something.
    .-= Laura aka LaLaGirl´s last blog ..::blows on mic:: Is this thing on? =-.

  7. Ok I so agree ;)

    I love it when I have a teenager and a pre-schooler together sitting next to eachother in the back seat. I’m not sure which one is worse.

    If I survive my son’s teenage years I will be amazed.
    .-= Tracy ´s last blog ..Break Up =-.

  8. I can totally relate to this post! I currently have TWO teenagers in my home and a pre-teen. I may need to buy stock in Prozac! LOL

  9. OH…. my kids are 9, 6, 3 and 5 months and now I’m skeered! Seriously, ya managed to scare the b’geebies out of me! lol I wasn’t looking forward to the teenage years BEFORE reading, now I’m seriously dreading it. My 9 year old son is already starting into it. uuugggh
    .-= Crystal Martin´s last blog ..Peanut Butter Hamster – Great Cakes Soapworks Review + GIVEAWAY! =-.

  10. Amen sister. I go to 100′s of blogs………OK, ok maybe not 100′s, but alot of blogs full of lovely pictures of babies and lovely stories to match. Little do they know someday those cute, little smiling faces will turn into teenagers with smirks saying “don’t take my picture, why are you alway taking my picture”. “Why can’t I wear this?” “Why can’t I watch this movie?” You know the drill. I’ve got an 11 year old and a 15 year old. It does suck the life and the joy out of you. That’s why I look so old. Somebody pass the wine.
    .-= Rhonda ´s last blog ..Closet Organizing Tip =-.

  11. Amen! My 15 yr old drives me nutso!