Random Things I’ve Learned From My Teenager

Definition of teenage

  • : between 13 and 19 years old

  • : relating to people who are between 13 and 19 years old

  • :  of, being, or relating to people in their teens

Source: Merriam-Websters Learner’s Dictionary

As this definition is true, it says nothing of the teenager themselves.  It certainly does not prepare you for the teenager or explain their actions, their moods, their texting codes; m@*$,  translation …meet me at Starbucks.  Who knew?  Certainly not me.


Teenagers are a whole different type of human, they are almost alien in some ways.  That child you raised from birth now becomes someone different.  An adolescent in the process of developing from child to adult.  It can be a difficult time for teens and parents alike.  It takes patience and love and a little humor to bring us through the teenage years.   Here are a few things I’ve learned along the way.  🙂

1.  No Public Nonsense – It is NOT acceptable to wave and call your teenager’s name in a public place, such as WalMart, drawing attention to them.  This causes a reaction of embarrassment and shock, a look of pure disbelief and horror on their part and don’t be surprised if you are ignored.  This, in turn, defeating the purpose of why you waved and called out to them in the first place.
2.  Their Knowledge Exceeds YoursToast without butter or jelly or any delicious spread is simply plain toast, not dry toast. This from my son who seems to have become an expert in culinary arts. Hmm …dry toast, plain toast, naked toast, still the same piece of toast. I am the one eating it, and I shall call it what I want.
3.  The No Hug Zone You have now entered what I sometimes refer to as “The No Hug Zone” There will officially be no more hugs outside of the house, what so ever! Hugs are only permitted, on occasion, inside the household, as teen sees fit. I knew the day was coming, but are we ever ready?
4.  Beware Of The iCloud! – In case you didn’t know, the iCloud stores photos, videos,  music, apps, etc. – for all your devices. This can also mean your families devices as well. This is NOT always a good thing. So just be sure you have your settings adjusted or you just might end up sending and saving something you didn’t intend, to other family member’s phone or Apple device. Oops!
5.  The No Adult Zone – Teenagers do not want to talk to adults and will avoid this at all cost! I once saw my son walk all the way around the other side of the food court, at the mall, to avoid running the risk of talking to one of his teachers. This also applies to a friend’s parents, the pastor, neighbors  or any person who is old, which is basically anyone over 35.
6.  Healthy Is Not Good. It doesn’t matter if Michelle Obama says so or not, healthy is not good. My son will skip lunch rather than eat healthy. Heaven forbid anything healthy would actually taste good! They may eat healthy food, at your request, but if you are not around than back to junk food. His diet would consist of pizza, candy bars and packages of peanut butter crackers.  
7.  Not Wearing Clothes Is A Thing – Okay, only around the house …but still! Getting dressed on the weekend consists of a pair of boxer shorts. He walks by me to get a drink out of the fridge and I feel like I’m in an episode of “The Middle”. I tell him to put on some clothes and he says his friends do it too. Teenagers!
8.  It Is Not Cool To High Five Anymore – This one I have no problem with, as I was never a big fan, but still I know adults who use the high-five at any given moment for various accomplishments, celebrations or other at-a-boy occasions that come around. Mom alert! Your teen will let you know that this is no longer cool.
9.  Life Will End If They Have To Do Chores – When my children were younger they loved to help me around the house. They wanted to sweep, or mow or water the plants for me. Now, when I ask my teenager to do any of these things, I am confronted with a groan or moan and a million reasons why this is not a good idea for him.  Gone are those days of Mother’s little helper!
10.  If You Want To Get Their Attention…Bring Up Christmas – Nothing gets the attention of my teenager quicker than to talk about Christmas gifts. Of course, I may have no intention of Christmas shopping at that time, they don’t have to know this now. I know, It’s bad…but clever. Just roll into what would you want for Christmas, followed by well that may not happen if you don’t mow the lawn. Next thing you know your lawn mower is purring away guided by a reluctant teen who really wants an iPhone. 😉
With a recipe of patience, love, laughter and wine …we will get though these years just fine. 


My son (in the middle) and his friends being silly, being teenagers.


Thanks for reading!



12 thoughts on “Random Things I’ve Learned From My Teenager

    1. LOL yep! At least they try! Teenagers will be teenagers. It is really not that bad though …my 15 year old is the best! But you have to see the humor sometimes when they are acting like teenagers! 😉

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  1. Haha!Nice post Arl. I’m sure each and every mom will relate to this post. I agree especially with the 1st and 3rd points. Recently we had been to Domino’s and while enjoying our favourite pizza I bit on a pea sized pebble which was not at all good to look at. I was shocked for a good few seconds and when I rose from my seat to bring this to the manager’s notice my teen daughter was hugely embarrassed. She thought it was not cool to do that. She literally hid her face in her coat when the manager apologised and offered to remake the pizza for us. Your post reminded me of that incident ☺Teens will be teens. I wonder if my mother thought so too about me. I don’t think so but you never know 😉


    1. LOL, that is so funny! Not that you bit into a pebble, of course, that was bad and I would have told the manager too! But it is funny about your daughter getting embarrassed. Teenagers …you have to laugh at it all. Mine is a good kid but some of that stuff is just so silly. I do remember when I was little my mother, my older sister and I were at Dairy Queen for a burger. When my burger came the patty was so thin that you could see holes through it, my mom said it looked like a net. She went right up there and complained. My sister and I were so embarrassed that we ducked down to the floor board. LOL. I guess some things don’t change. Thanks so much for sharing your story and for stopping by to comment on mine. I hope all is well. Hugs! 🙂


  2. Your boys look like great guys. That photo reminds me of my boys when they were that age, so much fun, so disgusting and filled with all types of information you never knew you needed to know. It’s funny that I should happily stumble across your post today, as just last night the whole crew met at our house – back from college(all the boys who grew up together with my sons) and I was thinking about how they were so young when we first met them, how many phases they have been through, and what wonderfully cool and fascinating people they have turned out to be.


    1. Thank you so much! They are good sons. Thanks you for sharing your story about your own boys. I am so glad you were able to be together and reminisce. Just last night I was staring at my younger son. He was sitting on the bed and I was thinking …take it all in Arlene, stare at him, listen to his every word, even if you think it is somewhat small or not important at the time and you are busy. It is important to him and be glad he is sharing it with you. These are priceless moments that you will never get back. So I try to always think about that. Enjoy, enjoy now while I have them. 🙂 Thanks so much for commenting and sharing. 🙂

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