UGH, Teens!


October 26, 2013 by aljakatz

Why is it that I can’t ever get a straight answer out of my kids?  It would be nice to get the occasional non-sarcastic, non-obnoxious response to whatever question I may have. imgres

Here is how a normal conversation should go:

Me:  What is a ‘subtweet’?

Her:  A ‘subtweet’ is when you refer to a specific person on Twitter without actually saying his or her name.

Here’s how it actually went down:

Me:  What is a ‘subtweet’?

Her:  It doesn’t matter.

Me:  If it didn’t matter I wouldn’t have asked.  I’m just curious.

Her:  Why do you care?  You’re not even on Twitter!

Me:  I am on Twitter.  Just explain it to me.

Her:  Really, Mom?  It’s too hard to explain and you won’t understand.

Me:  I’m just trying to figure it out.  Please try.

Her:  UGH, you’re so annoying!  Why do you have to know?  I already tried to explain it to you!  STOP ASKING ME ALL THESE QUESTIONS!  YOU DON”T NEED TO KNOW ABOUT IT!

(Is this kid freaking serious??)

Me:  You are so rude!  I seriously asked you a simple question and you lost it!  If you ever talk to me like that again, your phone is GONE!Lifeisasubtween

End of conversation.  That was a fun ride home from school.  What the hell?  Why is it sometimes SO difficult to communicate with teenagers?  How did it happen that at age 14 (or even earlier) kids became completely different human beings?  It’s truly unfair as a parent and it came with no warning!

Interesting enough, that same rude offspring can be amazingly snuggly by the end of the day.  No parent can grasp that 4-hour transformation and yet we embrace it.  We embrace it like it may never come again.  And, who knows?  It may not.  Gosh, we’re such suckers!

Have a drama-free weekend!


  1. amy cox says:

    Amen!!! My sweet 12 year old and I had almost the exact same conversation last night when I tried to help her with homework. that she was completely overwhelmed and frustrated with. I told her that I would be happy to help her understand her language arts homework if she would just let me. You would have thought I told her I wanted to perform open heart surgery on her without anesthesia!!!

  2. aljakatz says:

    It’s really unbelievable! Thanks for sharing! :)

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