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What teenager things do you kinda sorta wish you could still do?

Posted by on Aug. 27, 2013 at 9:39 AM
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9 Reasons Moms Are Totally Jealous of Their Teens

by Jeanne Sager

cartwheel in the rainComplaining about your teenager is a rite of passage for parents. They can be absolutely maddening what with the door slamming and the eye rolling and that infernal racket pouring out of their earbuds. But sometimes I wonder if the ladies (and gentleman) doth protest too much.

Are teenagers really that bad? Or could it be that moms are a wee bit jealous of their teenagers?

My kid isn't there yet -- she's 8 -- but I have a teenage babysitter who spends enough time at my house that she's practically a second daughter. I'll admit it ... there are times I am pea green with envy.

Don't think this is you? Perhaps this will change your mind ...

Behold the things teens do that moms only WISH we could:

1. Browsing at the mall. It's easy to get annoyed by that gaggle of giggling girls that takes up the entire line of changing room stalls in the Gap ... the girls you know probably aren't going to actually buy anything. But ohhhhh, to have the time to spend trying on 10 different outfits ... and the luxury to go in a changing room without a toddler hanging off of you!

2. Wearing a bikini. It's not that moms can't wear bikinis. Some women can really rock a two piece after kids. It's that teenagers can wear them without anyone commenting on whether they're too old for said piece of swimwear.

3. Blasting music in the car. Go ahead, roll your eyes at the kids bumping one lane over at the red light. But if you're really honest with yourself, you still remember the amazing feeling of driving down the road with the windows open, the music blaring, while you and your friends sang along at the top of your lungs. 

4. Sleeping until noon. It's easy to call a kid lazy for snoozing away the day, but I'd be lying if I said I didn't long for the lie in most mornings.

5. Doing cartwheels (or anything similar). Some moms still have the agility of a cat. The rest of us buy ibuproferen in bulk.

6. Believing money would magically appear. Most kids seem to believe money grows on trees. What I wouldn't give to return a time when life was that simple ...

7. Riding rollercoasters, taking flights, etc. without fear. Teens take risks that scare the crap out of their parents, but it sure would be nice to revisit those fearless days ... when you were completely invincible. Sigh.

8. Eating junk for dinner without a care in the world. Imagine no little voice in the back of your head telling you that it's wrong to make a meal of Diet Pepsi and Skittles.

9. Expecting maid service. Yes, it is frustrating feeling like your kids still expect you to do everything for them. But wouldn't it be nice to have someone do everything for YOU?

What teenager things do you kinda sorta wish you could still do?

by on Aug. 27, 2013 at 9:39 AM
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by Silver Member on Aug. 27, 2013 at 9:49 AM

1,3,4,7 and 8(8 only happens once in a great great while) still happen for me lol but i am the mom of 2 teenagers and 3 preteens. i do however wish my mommy would still cook for me and do my laundry and clean my room too!

by on Aug. 27, 2013 at 9:49 AM
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Uhm. Anything I did as a teenager, I can do now. Except drink like a fish. Man... my alcohol tolerance back then was ridiculous. Now I'm a two hitter quiter. I drink more than 2-3 drinks and I'm going to be sick. Not drunk, sick. Back then I could out drink anyone and walk away. *shrug*

No, I don't care to be able to do that anymore. As soon as I turned 21 the thrill was gone. LOL

by Christina on Aug. 27, 2013 at 9:50 AM
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stay up all night without feeling & looking like death
by on Aug. 27, 2013 at 9:52 AM
6 and 9 are the only ones that I don't do.
by Platinum Member on Aug. 27, 2013 at 9:52 AM
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I wish I could go to a restaurant and think do I want mild, medium or hot spices. Now I think, is it worth 1, 2 or 3

by on Aug. 27, 2013 at 9:54 AM

Sleep all the time

Have tons of free time

Play high school sports

Have someone else buy things for me

by Desiree` on Aug. 27, 2013 at 9:54 AM
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 I still browse at the mall.....I never wore a bikini, I have burns all over my torso........I still blast the music in my car......I go back to bed after the children are on the bus and sleep.......I was never really a bouce around type.........I was poor so I never thought money would magically appear.........Okay, I miss number 7........I wish I knew then what I know now about eating junk.........I never had maid service, I was the maid.

I really, really miss spending two hours getting ready to leave the house......

by Ruby Member on Aug. 27, 2013 at 9:55 AM
Put make-up on smooth skin. Just joking. I can't really think of anything.
by Anonymous 1 on Aug. 27, 2013 at 10:00 AM

There are some of those things I still do, some I've never done. I didn't know people were actually jealous of their teens. I just can't be jealous of teen mentality. Yes, I had my share of fun as a teen, but I don't ever remember being so irresponsible and having such little common sense, as some of the teens I've interacted with. Maybe the only thing I'm slightly jealous of is that my kids get an absolutely incredible mom who takes care of all their needs and understands them emotionally, and I've never had that, but I certainly wouldn't want it any other way.

by Keyser Söze on Aug. 27, 2013 at 10:01 AM

I disagree with #2, teens get people commenting that they're too young for their swimwear.

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