Teenagers are a strange breed. Creatures of habit, room dwellers, cupboard scavengers, door slamming mumblers. They like to sleep for copious amounts of time but also possess the ability to become nocturnal socialisers. They fridge forage and either avoid the bathroom at all costs or consume it for seemingly every waking minute... there is no in-between.
They are hoarders of cups, bowls and spoons and are inseparable from their mobile devices.
They can make a meal from a single food item and are masters of ensuring a chocolate spread jar is scraped free of every last smear with the most admirable precision.
I remember teenage-hood well. Years filled with angst and thoughts of boys, music and aspirations of what I would be. I remember living for the moment.
And now many years later, with my own teenagers, I see the traits which I once had and it makes me giggle in a 'Been there done that' sense. I had the t-shirt, wore it solidly for weeks and threw it on the floor too.
The teenagers would insist that I haven't but boy, I have.
It's only now, many moon later that I see the signs. Right in front of me, playing out in my own teenagers as I have become one of 'The Olds'.
So how do you know you have a teenager? I asked our followers that very question and together as an accumulation of 'Olds' living with teenagers here are the tell tale signs that you may also have one or two of your own: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 (yes there are a lot of signs!)
You know you have a teenager when...
- Using any electronic device or uploading to their own YouTube channel is easy but replacing a toilet roll is too complicated.
Deborah is better know as Mrs FD on her Family Days Tried and Tested Facebook Page where she chats and shares daily about the reality of family life and how to make every day more enjoyable. You can read more by Deborah at familydaystriedandtested.com.