14/08/2014 16:57 BST | Updated 20/05/2015 10:12 BST

Understanding Teenagers, Our A - Z Guide

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A is for Angst. Teenagers are often full of angst. They worry about not having the right clothes or not receiving a text. Their lives are full of problems; sadly the larger the child the larger the worry.

B is for Bored. All teenagers suffer from this syndrome. Life is boring, their house is boring and you their parent are probably the most boring of all.

C is for Cool. Things that please them are cool, but it definitely isn't 'cool' for you to use the word. If it's not 'cool' then it could be 'sick' which is even better.

D is for Dirty washing as in mounds of it. Teenagers are rarely capable of putting washing into a laundry basket. Strangely they only feel the need to present armfuls – with the sort of smile that indicates they are doing you a huge favour - when either you are
a) just going out
b) you've just sat down or
c) the washing machine has packed in.

E is for Expensive tastes. We've all read those articles about how much it costs to bring up a child. Well, the ones I read omitted the part that said 9023FFEB00&videoControlDisplayColor=Slideshow-84575%