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Just For Fun: 8 Reasons Parents of Teens Have it Way Harder Than Parents of Toddlers

Posted by on May. 31, 2013 at 8:34 AM
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8 Reasons Parents of Teens Have It Way Harder Than Parents of Toddlers

by Lindsay Mannering

teenagerIt's a widely accepted fact that teenagers are kind of the worst. For the most part, it's not their fault -- hormones make them crazy bitches do crazy things -- but that doesn't mean we're not allowed to tear our hair out over the stuff our teens try to pull.

While every stage in a child's life comes with its own special mix of joys and sheer horrors, it's the teen years that have the biggest imbalance. You may think that having a teenager is easier than having a toddler, but here's why it's not.

  1. A 3-year-old can't outsmart you, but a teen can. You used to be able to say "Because I said so," but now that your kids are on their way to becoming adults, they really don't agree with your logic that requires them to be home by midnight.
  2. Toddlers have meltdowns, but teens have meltdowns. Have you ever been around a 14-year-old when they're informed that the Wi-Fi at home will be down for two or three days? You need an underground safe house just to keep the other members of the family free from harm.
  3. Toddlers still like hugs. Get too close to your high school freshman and they may call child services. Because they have child services saved in their iPhone to threaten you.
  4. Toddlers don't steal money. Teens, on the other hand, have slippery fingers that pry open unmanned wallets at home to take cash and credit cards. I mean, I've never heard of a toddler spending $54,000 at a club on Dad's Amex.
  5. Toddlers may not know how to use the bathroom, but at least they don't hog it. Teens have a tendency to move into the marble and porcelain room, never to be heard from again.
  6. The highlight of a toddler's day is when you come home. The highlight of a teen's day is when you leave.
  7. A toddler's dinner conversation skills are lacking, but really, they're better than a teen's, whose one-word answers are infantile at best.
  8. Helping your toddler to count to 10 is fun and cute. Helping your teen with functions and derivatives is horrifying and impossible.

Which stage do you prefer parenting: toddlers or teens?

What would you add to the list?

by on May. 31, 2013 at 8:34 AM
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mommaTLC186
by on May. 31, 2013 at 8:38 AM
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When they where toddlers I kept thinking"I can't wait until their older" now I keep thinking"did they really have to get older? Ugh" at least when they where toddlers they where active, cheerful, amusing,and easy to entertain. Now they are full of complaints, mood swings, always "bored", suicidal without WiFi.....LOL the list goes on.
atlmom2
by Susie on May. 31, 2013 at 8:45 AM
Mine were not bad teenagers. My oldest was a worse toddler than teenager for sure.
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luckysevenwow
by on May. 31, 2013 at 9:23 AM

Three out of four of my teenagers were pretty easy, the 4th made up for that though. 

I lol'd at 6 though, so true.

02nana07
by on May. 31, 2013 at 11:12 AM

 I love them as teens and older but miss the days when they were toddlers

Hannahluvsdogs
by Silver Member on May. 31, 2013 at 11:31 AM

LOL, my teens aren't quite that bad. I think I prefer teens over toddlers.

JenniferLeighLu
by on May. 31, 2013 at 11:32 AM
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I have a teen, tween and infant.  The infant is definitely my favorite and he isn't sleeping through the night yet!  My older kids are really good though.  They just have mood swings that are not to be messed with.   I thought my teen would be babysitting, instead, since he has a girlfriend..I'm teen-sitting them...cuz I don't want another infant in the house!  I agree with that list...my six month old is so easy to please and always happy to see me!

wakymom
by Gold Member on May. 31, 2013 at 2:36 PM
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 Toddlers love to have Mommy show up at school. Teens don't want Mom in the same part of town as their school.

Ds1 doesn't mind that I volunteered in his middle school library for the past 2 yrs- as long as he didn't have to see me in there. All his friends say hi to me, he tries to slip by w/o my seeing him- I find that funny, actually : )

 

 

 

 

 

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PinkButterfly66
by Bronze Member on May. 31, 2013 at 3:38 PM

9.  When a toddler has a temper tantrum, you can physically pick him up and carry him home.  You can't do that with a teen.  They run off.

GleekingOut
by Silver Member on May. 31, 2013 at 8:24 PM
10. You know something suss is going on when your teen is trying to usher you out the door. You may not know what, but that it may not be good.
boys2men2soon
by Kimberly on May. 31, 2013 at 10:00 PM

My oldest eas the happiest toddler, ever... not quite so happy as a teen.   So with him, I prefer toddler.

My youngest was Hell On Wheels as a toddler.... I could not live through it again!  LoL.  As a teen, at least I can reason with him... somewhat.




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