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What do you do that drives your tween up the wall? (ideas inside, lol)

Posted by on Feb. 27, 2014 at 9:55 AM
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25 Simple Ways to Annoy Your Tween

by Jenny Isenman

25 Easy Ways to Annoy Your Tween

When your child hits tweenhood, everything becomes bothersome, especially you. All the injustices of the world are highlighted with eye-rolls, grunts, and blank stares. 

I'm taking advantage of this time by being extra annoying. For instance, when I'm sitting in the garage waiting for J, my 12-year-old son, to exit the house, I watch the door intently. As soon as he cracks it open, I beep. J startles, without fail, and glares at me as if I've done something unforgivable, like smashed his Beats or released all the remaining Axe body spray from the can.

Some mornings, I let him get all the way to the car without honking. He mouths, "Don't do it," and I show him my hands. Then as he grasps the car door, I slam on the horn all ninja-like.

He jumps, gives me a scowl, I laugh, and then he ignores me on the way to the bus. He exits, I yell, "I love you," he mumbles it back, and we go on with our day.




You really don't have to work that hard to piss off a tween, any of the following could work:

1. Ask them about their day.

2. Suggest they wear something warm.

3. Allow something to come to an end, like a party, a tournament ... the weekend.

4. Be undressed when they walk into your closet or bathroom (ewww mom).

5. Recognize them when you see them somewhere crazy, like the place you just dropped them off.

6. Forget to wash something they wanted to wear even though you had no idea they wanted to wear it.

7. Not know that they wanted to wear the thing you didn't wash.

8. Look in the direction of their phones when a text comes through -- as if you can read it from 30 feet away.

9. Lack the ability to read their minds.

10. Comment, like, or refer to anything on their Instagram/Facebook/Snapchat/Twitter feeds.

11. Mention a grievous error in the check to a waiter.

12. Give them anything less than your full undivided attention when they do want to talk.

13. Tell a joke to an adult in front of them.

14. Talk to their friends.

15. Sing along with songs that come on the radio.

16. Beat them at something they're good at i.e., Flappy Bird, a ping pong match, Geometry Dash.

17. Remind them of words they used to mispronounce.

18. Ask if they have a boyfriend or girlfriend.

19. Return your meal.

20. Write a blog titled "36 Ways You Know You Have a Tween."

21. Say the words "penis" or "vagina" in any context.

22. Tell them they're too young to watch anything their friends (by that I mean one friend) have seen: i.e., Saw, Final Destination, Hot Tub Time Machine, The Wolf of Wall Street

23. Attempt to use current slang in conversation.

24. Ask if they've hit puberty yet.

25. Hug them when they don't initiate.

Try any of these and you'll be annoying the crap out of your tween in no time. Good luck.

What do you do that drives your tween up the wall?

by on Feb. 27, 2014 at 9:55 AM
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supergasper
by Gold Member on Feb. 27, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Dance in front of her and her friends!

Anonymous
by Anonymous on Feb. 27, 2014 at 10:02 AM
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I work at her school... nuff said!

bleumonster
by Ruby Member on Feb. 27, 2014 at 10:04 AM
Most of those annoyed my daughter between the ages of 10-13, now at 15 she just ignores me. My son isn't as sensitive. He is 12 and more laid back. But 4,12, 22, 25 will do it lol.
bleumonster
by Ruby Member on Feb. 27, 2014 at 10:05 AM
Oh that used to make my daughter crazy. In her defense, I can't dance, but she was so over the top about it that I did it all the time lol.

Quoting supergasper:

Dance in front of her and her friends!

Outspoken.Mime
by Platinum Member on Feb. 27, 2014 at 10:07 AM

Be undressed when they walk in your room?  Ummm no, there was no flashing my children when they were tweens.  Who would do that intentionally?  

Don't people teach their children to knock before entering a room anyway?

AnnieGoolaheey
by Mrs. Annie Proffitt on Feb. 27, 2014 at 10:08 AM
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I stand in front of the TV while she is playing video games and shake my butt.

nana-to-9
by Silver Member on Feb. 27, 2014 at 10:11 AM
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Breath?

supergasper
by Gold Member on Feb. 27, 2014 at 10:11 AM

I can't dance either!  I look sooo awkward when I dance, so I understand why it drives her nuts.  It's fun to tease her with once in a while lol.

Quoting bleumonster: Oh that used to make my daughter crazy. In her defense, I can't dance, but she was so over the top about it that I did it all the time lol.
Quoting supergasper:

Dance in front of her and her friends!


Sassy762
by CAFE SASSY HBIC on Feb. 27, 2014 at 10:12 AM
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Offer to show their baby pics to their friends.....(great black mail material for future use)

Blow up their cell phone when they are at the mall or at work

Constantly re-arrange their closets and clothes in their drawers

Wear their jeans and boots/shoes

Hide her cell phone charger when she is on the phone too much

In the morning ask them several times if they have practice (sport) after  school today and when exactly they are going to be home

Go through their bag while they aren't in the room and pull stuff out and ask them what it is

 I torture mine all the time, LMAOOOOOOOOO


bleumonster
by Ruby Member on Feb. 27, 2014 at 10:33 AM
That's probably more of an accident kind of thing. My bedroom is in the basement. There is nothing else down there except the garage. So I don't always close my door when changing. I can usually hear them on the stairs but if they are quiet or extra quick then they get flashed lol. I told my son that he needed to ask before he came around the corner or block his eyes LMAO.

Quoting Outspoken.Mime:

Be undressed when they walk in your room?  Ummm no, there was no flashing my children when they were tweens.  Who would do that intentionally?  

Don't people teach their children to knock before entering a room anyway?

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