Ah, to be a teenager. To be all lanky bones and emotions. When every experience was new, and yet you felt kind of done with all of it. As though we were in a hurry to get jaded, having no idea what was really ahead.
It’s a strange little stretch of life, and, in truth, none of us should be held too heavily accountable for our embarrassing behavior during it.
But that doesn’t mean that well-meaning and frustrated parents can’t vent a little. Especially if they can be clever about it, like these folks on Twitter.
15. Thoughts and prayers
There’s some food for thought.
Please remember my teen in prayer as tragically he must be seen at the grocery store with his family today
— Maryfairyboberry🧚🏻♀️ (@maryfairybobrry) April 25, 2021
14. 2 spoopy 4 me
Having a teenager is like living in a haunted house: every now and then you'll see a figure in the corner of your eye, hear moaning, and then a door slams.
— Arlynn Lake, Professional Optimist (@DrWhoWhatWhyHow) April 21, 2021
13. Oh where is my hairbrush?
My oh my how the tables have turned…
My teenage daughter just walked in my room and said, “Mom, if you take my hairbrush can you please remember to put it back?”.
I just looked at her and laughed and laughed and laughed until she slowly backed out of the room.
— Rachel Sobel (@whinecheezits) May 11, 2021
12. The forbidden zone
Even those without souls dare not tread here.
You think your kid's room is bad? I watched our Roomba go in the doorway of my teen's room – looked both ways, and turned right back around and left.
— Sweet Momissa 🪁 (@sweetmomissa) December 17, 2020
11. Nothing prepares
Get a battery bank, yo.
I don't care how many degrees you have, nothing prepares you for a teen who finds their phone didn’t charge overnight.
— Sarcastic Mommy (@sarcasticmommy4) March 9, 2021
That’s how you speak teen. Just add that extra little gasp to the end of everything.
One thing I learned from having a teen girl is that now I know that “No” is a 2 syllable word.
— Mac Dickson Show (@MacDicksonShow) March 23, 2021
9. How it started
I’ll never let go.
How being a mother of a teenager started —— > how being a mother of a teenager is going pic.twitter.com/tMYhifRVWH
— katie rosman (@katierosman) June 5, 2021
8. We’re quite a pair
Can anyone recommend a good wine that pairs well with a teenager's shitty attitude?
— Rodney Lacroix (@RodLacroix) July 27, 2019
7. Details, details
Until you have to learn to keep your own calendar, you just don’t think about this stuff.
Stay tuned for my next book all about raising a teenager that will be entitled, "I don't know what time it starts or where I'm going or who's going to be there and I'm annoyed you're so concerned over minor details".
— Melanie Shankle (@BigMama) June 7, 2018
6. A few months in
Don’t take a picture of me, I’m very busy taking pictures of myself to post.
We are only a few months in, but I think having a teenager is fun as he*k. pic.twitter.com/K7BqZ75lzv
— Casey (@middlecasey) April 26, 2021
5. The transformation
Imagine having a funny famous dad and still being like “lame.”
Having a 15 year old son has really turned me into a boring asshole, apparently
— Andy Richter (@AndyRichter) April 10, 2016
4. The chore chorus
What is it you’re up to, exactly?
My teen has been doing chores since i got home. Pulled weeds, mowed the yard, took out the garbage.
And any seasoned parent knows that I’m more suspicious than grateful. pic.twitter.com/EFMNS5f6WH
— Callie Thompson (@callie_mt) May 20, 2021
3. Absolutely starving
That’s just how it goes. They’re bottomless pits.
My teen is starving. The only thing he’s ate today is a bowl of cereal, 5 sandwiches, 12 granola bars, a rotisserie chicken…
— Jessie (@mommajessiec) March 13, 2021
2. End game
He’s trying to share his passions. His dumb, nonsense passions.
Why has my teen son spent the last hour explaining to me what the Enderman from mine craft is? I am trying so hard to be nice but I think I am developing an eye twitch… pic.twitter.com/NErMwjX8NT
— Tynisa the Cynical Gen X Witch Walker (@Kalarigamerchic) May 13, 2021
1. Room service
Oh no they didn’t.
My teenager thinks we live in a hotel now! pic.twitter.com/tsK48qt3VU
— Gerry Dee (@gerrydee) April 1, 2020
Teens. Can’t live with ’em, can’t legally kick them out of the house.
What were you like as a teenager?
Tell us in the comments.