Top things your teenager boys do that annoy you

(132 Posts)
Pythianlegumes Wed 28-Sep-11 18:36:31

Just as the title says. I am writing a comedy about teenage boys, and a lot of the audience will be parents. I am aware of many of boy's shortcomings, but list your top ones in case I have left some out.

Pacific Wed 28-Sep-11 18:40:48

Erm......My teenage boy and two friends found a tape measure I had used earlier. No prizes for guessing what they started measuring but it was the ensuing argument about metric or imperial measures which was really funny!

He's taller than me
Wears his trousers too low and shows his undies ( including school trousers )
Would happily lay in bed all day and play Xbox all night
Eat ALL the time
Opens cupboards / fridge and says " there's nothing to eat ." Shelves are full
Constantly say " Mum , can I have £10 "
Will probably think of more.....

Uses my expensive moisturiser/shower gel.
Leaves a dribble of milk in the carton and puts it back in the fridge.
Leaves wet towel on his bed.
Leaves crusty wank socks down the side of his bed.
Walks about with his earphones on so he can't hear me speak.
Texts constantly.
Brings people for dinner with no notice.
Drinks OJ out the carton and puts it back in fridge.

That's everything that's annoyed me today. His good points more than make up for his annoying habits.

usualsuspect Wed 28-Sep-11 18:59:12

Has an endless stream of mates round eating all the bread
Nicks his Dads socks
Uses my hair straighteners and forgets to turn them off

roisin Wed 28-Sep-11 19:10:46

ds1 (14) has learned that a good way to avoid conflict is to just mumble "yes mum" to whatever instructions I am giving him. And then fail to do whatever he was supposed to.

He's also still very reluctant to wash!

He regularly wants to start a conversation with me about his day at 10pm at night when I'm wanting to go to sleep and he should be heading for bed too.

Attacks food cupboards/fridge like a swarm of locusts have landed in the house and is constantly "re-arranging" his man bits! hmm shock

Libra Wed 28-Sep-11 19:41:23

Is taller than me.
Eats everything in the fridge.
Leaves absolutely enormous trainers right in front of the front door so I trip over them.
Thinks he knows everything.
Still up for a hug at times though.

muddyvampsters123 Wed 28-Sep-11 19:56:31

1) Doesn't clean his room
2) Mumbles
3) Shouts the house down when on his xbox live
4) Can never find x,y & z when it's under his nose
5) Eats us out of house & home
6) Uses a can of lynx a week ( if he runs out he uses his dads)
7) Never wears a coat, even if it's pouring down outside.

DS2, is easy compared to when his brother was 14/15 (now 20 & a lovely man smile ). DS1 was moody & argumentative.

chocotwit Thu 29-Sep-11 17:48:03

Where to start!
"Yes Mum" means "Anything to make you get off my back but I have no intention of doing what you say Mum"
I find remnants of food all round his room, on the windowsill, under his pillow, going mouldy
Keep getting phone calls at work from his teachers - he hasn't done his homework, is disorganised, doesn't have any pens, PE kit etc. Arrrrgh. Like I can do anything about it.
The socks. The trainers. The brand new school uniform. The blazer and tie. All distributed randomly round the house with mud all over them.
Dirty linen basket? What's that? My floor will do just fine.
Why use half a pint of milk on your cereal when a full pint will do?
Unknotting "peanutted" ties.
sigh he's lovely really.

Dipsyistipsy Thu 29-Sep-11 17:52:12

Rings to say he wont be home for tea,10 minutes before tea is being put on the table.

Runs out of his clothes because they are in a stinking heap on the floor... then nicks his brother's and Dad's..right down to the boxers shock in fact he has nicked his sisters jumpers too...!

Leaves said dirties where they fall...

Opens fridge..inhales contents and wanders off leaving fridge open ..

the damp towels..oh GOD the towels...

'Mum can I borrow (insert any amount here)

BUT I love himsmile

The latest..
Rings me ( using his blackberry which obviously is welded to his hand ) from the upstairs loo to tell me there's no loo roll and he needs some .

cat64 Thu 29-Sep-11 23:14:25

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WakeMeUpWhenSeptemberEnds Thu 29-Sep-11 23:19:00

As the mother of a 14 year old girl, I read this out of curiosity to see what the differences are. I have learnt that there aren't that many.

noddyholder Sun 02-Oct-11 14:57:17

Has just gone out with 2 mates saying I've done my room went up its a pigsty but he has stuffed all the stinky clothes in a drawer hmm
7 cups/glasses up there yeesterday
cereal bowls with rock hard cereal on floor
Says his hair looks better dirty looks a fright
Opens new everything like other poster said.Opens all the biscuits instead of using one pack up
Asks if we can have a take away every night even though he knows the answer!

cyb Sun 02-Oct-11 15:04:49

The only way I can get my D to clear bowls , knickers etc away is to pile them up in a dusty heap on top of her lap top so she has to get rid to open it

FIFIBEBE Sun 02-Oct-11 15:09:22

Constantly goes on about how small I am, he is about 1 inch taller than me but smaller than most of his friends.
Eats rubbish and is as thin as a rake
Will not use deodorant, because he showers 2x a day
Doesn't listen to anything I say
Obsessed with wanting a dog
He is almost 16

BerniW Mon 03-Oct-11 11:34:01

Oh I love this site! Giggled and breathed a sigh of relief reading this thread - think I'm losing my mind sometimes, but I'm not alone....
DS2 (16 yrs old)
- will NOT pull his trousers up past his (flabby) arse - thinks the drop down look is so cool - it's so ISN'T, especially when your pants are full of holes
- eats and eats and eats then denies it was him stealing my last few chocs, when he is the only other human in the house
- runs out of money 10 minutes after getting his allowance
- spends hours trying on clothes (his dads, his brother's and even mine!) then leaves them all in a messy pile on the floor
I could go on for hours. However, he just landed a Saturday job at Waitrose so I'll forgive him for a bit!

rubyrubyruby Mon 03-Oct-11 11:38:15

Shoves everything and I mean EVERYTHING under the sofa.
Yoghurt pots
Crisp packets
Chocolate wrappers
Computer games

.......... thinking of taking the legs off the sofa.

OldLadyKnowsNothing Mon 03-Oct-11 11:42:51


rubyrubyruby Mon 03-Oct-11 11:46:42

...... socks never get put into wash in pairs. I have a carrier bag full of odd socks.

Lose everything - especially if its new

swingingcat Mon 03-Oct-11 11:48:21

Sounds like my 3 DD's.

No wank socks but has asked if I'd buy her a vibrator!!! biscuit

rshipstuff Mon 03-Oct-11 12:20:09

what did you say?

YoungMotherTubby Mon 03-Oct-11 12:27:42

Think they're always right

Will put washing in the laundry basket once the washing machine has started

Say they need to be there at 'x' o'clock - you're ready to leave and wait and wait and wait and when they're late it's your fault for not driving fast enough

When they've not achieved great marks in a test - it's not their fault - usually the test was sprung on them with no notice (every time?!)

the smell of their trainers

They can't find a school shirt when I've just ironed 15 (3 DS x 5 school days!)

Texting banned when we're all watching a film - and they think we can't tell if they're doing it

Lots more - but daughter due back from school for lunch

swingingcat Mon 03-Oct-11 12:42:58

I said NO and explained to her that at 14 she should be concerned about her GCSEs grin

scotchmeg Mon 03-Oct-11 12:43:12

God how revolting. My mum would have thrown me out if I had done any of this stuff!

Good luck to my kids trying to get away with it... grin

joshandjamie Mon 03-Oct-11 13:03:33

I can't read this any more. I am wanting to cry hard. My boys are only 6 and 7 and they already do most of this stuff. What the hell will they be like in 10 years? Right, that is it. I'm doing a boot camp this afternoon on how to hang up towels and put washing in the washing machine.

Just yesterday I opened the bread bin to find an empty bag as son1 had taken the last bread roll out.....

scotchmeg Mon 03-Oct-11 13:19:36

I hope you made him come back and put it in the bin. Make him take it out and put it in the bin and fish it out again. Then repeat 10 times. Get him to do it while his favourite TV program is on. He wont do it again grin

Sgt. Maj.Scotchmeg

Bellavita Mon 03-Oct-11 13:24:45

He's taller than me
Wears his trousers too low and shows his undies ( including school trousers )
Would happily lay in bed all day and play Xbox all night
Eat ALL the time
Opens cupboards / fridge and says " there's nothing to eat ." Shelves are full
Constantly say " Mum , can I have £10 "
Will probably think of more.....

Just as DoIlooklikeatourist says... and more!!

choochoochaboogie Mon 03-Oct-11 13:41:13

I suppose I should be relieved I'm not alone in my suffering hmm

BuntyPenfold Mon 03-Oct-11 13:51:15

Eats everything in the fridge
Eats everything in the cupboard
Wants to stay up all night and sleep all day
Has numerous friends with (apparently) no homework, nowhere to go, and ENORMOUS feet
Is singlehandedly keeping the Lynx people in business
Is still saying the dog ate his homework although the dog has died of old age

heulflodyn Mon 03-Oct-11 14:17:38

SO glad I'm not alone in this ...

my son is 16 he never washes, he stinks
he complains about lack of food when the cupboards are full
he puts ketchup on everything, then gets his gran to buy it for him when we run out and I refuse to buy more
he spends hours complaining about studying
actually just complaining about everything
stays up till 1am reading then won't get up in the morning
doesn't put things away or in the bin

I suppose it could be worse smile

racingheart Mon 03-Oct-11 14:18:52

I don't like this. Don't want to know.

<sticks fingers in ears and sings Lalala very loudly>

Mine are 9 and cute as can be, even if they trundle off to school in the wrong direction with crocs not school shoes on their feet, and their homework left on the kitchen table.

I don't want stinky, rude hulks who demand money, lick the fridge clean and game all night long.

What are the good bits? There have to be some amusing bits, apart from arguing about imperial versus metric sizing of parts and phoning down for loo roll. Which I hope go in OP's show.

BuntyPenfold Mon 03-Oct-11 14:28:29

There are lots of good bits -
mine has never asked me for money
when he has some money it is difficult to stop him from spending it on me
he is very tall and loves it when old ladies ask for his help in supermarkets
he is always in a good mood - not like teenage girls of my acquaintance.....

Mishy1234 Mon 03-Oct-11 15:16:37

My boys are 3 and 1, so I'm burying my head in the sand!

Putting empty packets back in the fridge/cupboard.

Tearing a hole in the bag of sliced bread, so the rest of it goes stale.

Never, ever changing the bloody loo roll when they've used the last of the previous one.

Being deliberately taller than me and taking the piss about it!

Collecting dirty washing on their bedroom floors, mixed up with clean stuff they've been given to put away, and then tidying up by putting everything to the wash - even the neatly folded, ironed stuff! If I spot this, I refold it and give it back, even though it's been nestled up to their sweaty, dirty stuff.

Not telling me they needed a Spartan costume for the school 3K fun run until 6.15pm the day before - thanks ds1!! Incidentally, he didn't get a costume.

Using so much deodorant/body spray, that you can cut the atmosphere in the whole of the house with a knife.

Still fighting and bickering with eachother - I hoped they'd grow out of that when they left primary school - ohh how foolish I was.

15 year old DS-owner here.

He's taller than me
Wears his trousers too low and shows his undies ( including school trousers )
Would happily lay in bed all day and play Xbox all night
Eat ALL the time
Opens cupboards / fridge and says " there's nothing to eat ." Shelves are full.
Eats rubbish and is as thin as a rake
Will not use deodorant, because he showers 2x a day
Runs out of his clothes because they are in a stinking heap on the floor
Walks about with his earphones on so he can't hear me speak


Also apparently incapable of seeing or finding anything (clothes, schoolbooks etc) that is not EXACTLY where it was put last time. Can search fridge 6 times for specific item of food without seeing it because its one shelf higher up than expected hmm

He IS very good about money though - saves all his pocket money and very rarely asks me for anything. Has always insisted on buying family presents with his own dosh too! <awww!>

melika Mon 03-Oct-11 15:39:17

That funny sweaty smell mixed with lynx when you walk into their room in AM.
Yellow teeth, even tho they swear they have just brushed them.
The constant picking up of glasses, wrappers etc stuffed down chairs and pockets.
The inane shouting at them in the morning to get up.
The 'I don't really care' phrase constantly aimed at anything you say to them.
Xbox- creating cars and getting obsessed with one particular game. Slagging other kids on 'live' if they sound like their from Liverpool or Scotland.

I could go on and on and on.............

MittzyTheVixen Mon 03-Oct-11 15:39:25

All of the below grin and this thread has made me smile because you do begin to think it is your teenager that is like to this to punish you for some reason, when many of them are just clones of each other smile

Also have to say that I love him to pieces and it is hard to explain how you can be very close emotionally to someone who makes you so frustrated the ability to speak coherently deserts you.. he turned to me on saturday and said 'Mum, you're really beautiful' smile

Why they need 'live' on their games when they must surely be able to hear each other bellowing is beyond me!

Talking in just about any voice apart from his own is a special one....confused

FIFIBEBE Mon 03-Oct-11 16:16:02

Oh yes MTV the voice. My very middle class, public school attending, ginger haired boy loves his gangster speak from the ghetto.

mumtomoley Mon 03-Oct-11 16:33:18

Oh no! Mine is currently 5 months and an adorable little cherub smile Though I have 2 teenage DSS's so I should know better than to think that will last <sob sob>
Maybe we should have a thread saying what is lovable about teenage DS's? Would it get any posts?!

Jdub Mon 03-Oct-11 16:37:32

I too am loving this post! Currently with two boys (5 and nearly 2) this all seems a million years away, and yet I look forward to the day I am dwarfed by my boys and cannot keep the food coming fast enough!

BoffinMum Mon 03-Oct-11 16:39:10

Spends longer looking at his spots than his homework.
Makes extensive milkshakes using drinking chocolate, about half a bag of sugar and bananas, to serve to his friends.
His braces twang apart regularly because he refuses to cut his food into small pieces as directed by the orthdontist.
Minecraft addiction.

But actually he's a love and I could have done a lot worse! grin

madmomma Mon 03-Oct-11 16:42:59

Bunty your son sounds like an absolute sweetheart!

It would be so much quicker to write a list of the things my 12 year old son does that do NOT annoy me!

But anyroad, here are the annoying bits;

Drink all the juice/milk in the carton apart from the last thimble full so he can put the carton back in the fridge instead of having to rinse it and recycle it

Not put the bread/butter/marg back in the fridge after making a snack

Leaving a trail of breadcrumbs through the house whilst eating the aforementioned snack

Leaving freshly ironed (by me!) clothes piled on his desk / chair for days and days instead of putting them in the wardrobe as requested.

Putting the pile of ironed and unworn but now hopelessly crinkled clothes which have been languishing on the desk / chair for a week back into the wash when asked if he has anything for the laundry.

Scatters school books / homework / equipment through his bedroom and under his bed, forgets it is there and then wonder why he can never turn up to school with the correct books / homework / equipment.

Leave his damp towel on his bed.

Leave his school blazer crumpled in his rucksack and then blames my bad housekeeping skills when form tutor gives him a detention for looking untidy.

Hides sweet and biscuit wrappers under his back and then looks all amazed when I find them and confront him about his eating and tidying habits.

Wears his trousers halfway down his backside to show his neon coloured pants. Apparently it is cool hmm

Starts every sentence with "Basically"

Is rapidly growing taller than me

Will insist on wearing shorts in winter and thick jeans in summer

Oh gawd, there are so many more. But I am getting cramp in my fingers...

(he is lovely though, really)

PattySimcox Mon 03-Oct-11 17:24:46

grin most of the above - but but but in defence of teenage boys - all his mates are really lovely, polite, thoughtful and I get told by his friends Mums that DS is equally well thought of by them.

back = bed

basildonbond Mon 03-Oct-11 20:24:56

Most of the above

Plus... Not lifting the loo seat when going for a piss and leaving splashes of urine everywhere - the upstairs bathroom now reeks of stale wee ....

Saying "I will mum" whenever he's asked to do anything - translation "I think this will get you off my back as I still haven't learned that you sussed this one out ages ago"

Lying about stupid things i.e. "have you got your retainers in ds?". "yes mum" "then what are those disgusting objects on your bedside table?"

cat64 Mon 03-Oct-11 21:51:43

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racingheart Mon 03-Oct-11 23:28:30

Thanks, Cat. I feel much better now as I've decided to get two like BuntyPenfold's son. That'll do nicely.

Mumtomoley - I promise you, there are plenty of loveable things about teenage boys. My favourite is the way that, even though they are all taller than me, they still need cuddles with their mum. Then there's the way ds1 will rub my back when I'm stressed (or have spent too much time on mumsnet blush). Or the fact that there are now 4 people in the house who can reach things off high shelves for me. And how polite and nice their friends are when they come to visit. And of course the huge sense of pride I get when they achieve things - like good results at school (and seeing their pride too, though they are too cool to make too much of a big deal about it of course, which is also rather endearing).

cat64 Tue 04-Oct-11 12:38:11

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theginganinja Tue 04-Oct-11 12:50:03

Ds (18) spends an HOUR, a frigging hour, in the shower, what he can be doing in there for a sodding hour, I don't know. And the half a can of Lynx under each arm thing drives me mad..... when DO they grow out of that?

Oh and if it's in the house, he presumes that it's his too, that goes for food, earphones, any CD that he fancies a listen to that isn't tied down.

BoffinMum Tue 04-Oct-11 21:20:19

ginganinja, don't ask .... grin

PattySimcox Wed 05-Oct-11 16:13:16

grin @ boff - yes the re-discovery of a treasured play thing resulting in long spells in the bathroom or tissues or socks on the floor

Monty27 Wed 05-Oct-11 16:16:18

envy at DS's stinking of Lynx. I have to tell almost 16 yo ds to have a shower and brush his teeth every sodding day! (Coupled with change your clothes, hang your clothes up, clear your floor etc etc).

TheLIttlestNarwhal Thu 06-Oct-11 10:19:30

Oooh my first message - how exciting!

Now where to start:

Being taller than me and patting me on the head everytime he walks by.

Sensing through some strange teenage hormone when there are biscuits in the house, eating the lot and then putting the empty packet back in the cupboard.

Leaving clothes, wet towels and sports gear all over his bedroom floor.

Filling all his pockets with empty sweet wrappers, tissues etc. so my washing machine rattles every time it runs.

And, worst of all, finding my expensive treat shower gel and using three quarters of it in one shower!

But he does reach things down from high shelves and makes a lovely cup of tea so I still love him! smile

Jaynie1 Thu 06-Oct-11 13:11:05

All of the above plus:
Doesn't answer your texts / calls; phone always goes to voicemail
But answers calls from others/ texts / BBMs back when in the middle of meal / conversation with you
Need to print something for college 2 minutes before having to leave for said college and it's YOUR FAULT when he is then late

cat64 Thu 06-Oct-11 13:42:12

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TheLIttlestNarwhal Thu 06-Oct-11 18:33:35

I think there is some comfort in knowing that they are all as bad as each other! smile

GirlWithTheMouseyHair Fri 07-Oct-11 21:41:51

there's something quite sweet about it all - she says in denial because her DS is only three - and I can't wait to get big six foot plus cuddles off my DS...secretly wishing impending DD was a boy, much more terrifying prospect wink

Why are they so tall?
Wet towels on bed daily. Grrr.
Mumble mumble mumble.
Emailing/texting me rather than walking down the stairs.
Will not go to bed, can't wake up for school; unable to spot the correlation.
Everything that's been said already.

Wouldn't change them for the world, though. DD much harder work, aged 9. confused

melodyangel Sun 09-Oct-11 23:33:30

Breaks everything!


Rescues me from the spiders!

Strips off down to boxers as soon as he walks in the door.
Leaves the clothes in a trail.
Later when he gets cold, instead of putting on clothes he traipses about with a blanket or duvet wrapped around him.
They both do this. They never wear clothes in the house, apart from pants and even that is only in deference to me I think. If I wasn't here they'd strut about naked.

argghh Mon 17-Oct-11 16:30:49

I agree with everything everyone else has said.

And what is it with the word 'basically' mine uses it in every sentence!

PattySimcox Mon 17-Oct-11 23:18:43

YY to basically and peppering sentences with "like, so" - something can't be boring, it is "like, so boring"

mumblechum1 Tue 18-Oct-11 12:05:35

Drink all dh's Jamesons while we're away for a week then when I find the empty bottle under his bed, say he must have drunk it by accident hmm. He did replace it though.

janeathops Wed 19-Oct-11 22:22:37

My son constantly leaves EVERYTHING to the last minute, leaves the house 10 minutes before college starts (its 15 minutes away) and insists he's never late! Opens the fridge and always leaves the door open, never lifts the toilet seat, so it's always got dribbles of wee on it, wet towels on bed, dirty clothes all over the floor, BIG trainers in front of door so everyone trips up, but he is a lovely kid most of the time and now I know he is not unique I feel great, other mums and dads are experiencing the same, whew, glad it's not forever and I know when he goes off to uni I'll wish he was back.

DancingQueen79 Fri 21-Oct-11 17:58:34

Agree completely with EVERYTHING so far, but can't believe the classic bad habit - 'a complete inability to flush toilet' has been missed so far......a constant battle in my house and one that I've yet to resolve!!

GetOrfMo1Land Fri 21-Oct-11 18:10:41

I love teenage boys - I have a teenage girl, but she is friends with a lot of boys, and I love it when they come round the house. The take up so much space, the big lurches.

My best friend also has 3 boys 2 years apart, I used to love the general atmosphere of her house when they were teens, always great big half asleep boys lummocking around, massive trainers everywhere, toaster constantly on. Bless them.

If it is any consolation the bathroom hogging, nightmare bedroom, food hogging and mumbling is the domain of teenage girls as well imo.

Sparklingbrook Fri 21-Oct-11 18:11:26

DS1 is only 12 but some of these are familiar already sadly. The not flushing the toilet one drives me insane. Also throwing worn socks under the settee and leaving pants inside his trousers when he takes them off. Why????

daiseyfleur Fri 21-Oct-11 23:48:18

still breathing.....I have 4 boys, 8,11, and two 13 year olds.

Now lets see, their inability to put their clothes/books/toys/papers/school bags/shoes away........but they are able to "bung" them under the bed, under the cupboard, on top of the cupboard (its actually easier to put the clothes in the drawer)

Dirty pants and socks shoved behind books on bookshelves (laundry basket is located next to their bedroom door, it would take less effort to place dirty clothes in basket)

Lying to your face..Stealing sweets from you and then denying it regardless of the fact that you have found wrappers under their pillows.

Not cleaning their teeth/hair/bodies....what is the point of standing with your foot in the bath for 10 mins then saying you have had a bath.

An "odd sock" bag fit to burst with hey matching socks in it, then they argue over the last pair of socks.

Bickering....for goodness sake have you listened to yourselves, it is frankly quite boring!

But mostly the not seeming to give a damn about stepping on and breaking things, their things, beloved Dr Who and Star Wars stuff, they just don't seem to care, When I was their age I would of been gutted if I broke one of my toys.

This term I am mostly stripping their rooms of their toys whilst they are at their nans and slimming down on their clothes, so when they run out of clean clothes if they haven't put it in the wash, then they will just have to wear the dirty ones.

Sparklingbrook Sat 22-Oct-11 08:11:08

Oh I forgot the bickering daiseyfleur. Don't know how-it's constant. Over who sits where on the sofa or who sits in the front of the car and other trivial nonsense. They are basically big toddlers!

Spends forever in the shower - goes through shampoo and body wash like there's no tomorrow!
Spends ages doing his hair - he's 'borrowed' my hairdryer and straighteners for the past year.
Has 'borrowed' my weights, and uses them in the living room, but only in his boxers as he doesn't want to stretch his clothes!
Eats loads - is 6 foot and weighs 10 stone after weight training for the past 6 months. Weight trains every day, 1/2 hr per day.
Wears stupid canvas cheap trainers in summer which stink so bad I have to put them in a carrier bag and he has to go and wash his feet as I won't let him walk on the carpet and make it smell.
Never answers his mobile when I ring - always appears to be somewhere where there isn't a signal!!!
Walks round the house with his MP3 and headphones on.
Leaves empty cans of deodorant and body spray in the bedroom, and other rubbish which just piles up till you can hardly walk across the floor!
Spends all his allowance within a couple of days on t-shirts and aftershave despite needing a winter coat.
Only ever phoning me when he needs something ie money or a lift.
Acting surprised when I tell him the school has phoned 'cos he's not handed in his (physics/English/French) homework, being late 5 times in a week (out of am and pm registration), despite telling me he'd got to school on time.
Leaving his PE kit in the carrier bag all week then complaining he hasn't got clean kit.

I could go on ad infinitum, however he does have some good points.

He gets on really well with his little brother (9) - never argues with him, looks after him in the school holidays.
Cooks tea once a week.
Feeds the rabbits and guinea pigs every day.
Still gives me hugs.

Do the good points outweigh the bad or vice versa? Depends on what day of the week it is!

JosieGlow Wed 26-Oct-11 23:32:30

Brilliant! Haven't stopped laughing.

JosieGlow Wed 26-Oct-11 23:35:18

Apparently it's really cool to wear your trousers low and your underpants high even if you are wearing tracksuit bottoms and slightly yellowing cricket jock briefs!

DownbytheRiverside Wed 26-Oct-11 23:37:23

No, my darling boy is perfect in every way. He has no annoying habits, just delightful quirks that enable him to express his individuality.
The fault lies in others who do not appreciate this.

iffysquiffy Thu 27-Oct-11 17:14:36

So pleased to read these posts thought I'd bred an alien - to add a few - slurps spaghetti, still needs reminding to brush teeth, wash, change under ware, winds up brother, MIL (sorry that's a good point), looses EVERYTHING!

FellatioNelson Thu 27-Oct-11 17:16:01

Speaks almost entirely without consenants.

FellatioNelson Thu 27-Oct-11 17:17:50

Actually, I have three teenaged boys (well, one is 12 so he sort of counts) but only the middle one does classically annoying teenaged things. The other two can be annoying for entirely different reasons.

FellatioNelson Thu 27-Oct-11 17:21:34

Hahaha - Doiloo, I have had the Blackberry phone call demanding loo roll as well!

iffysquiffy Thu 27-Oct-11 17:30:49

Melts stuff in the microwave - marshmallow gooey mess is the fav, jet washes the sheep in the field next door when supposedly washing the car.

Ds is lovely really reading some of these posts ....... But he will inset on shouting to make his point. Gd it drives me made. When I do the ignore thing (just like toddler whinging) he just keeps a raised voice till I surrender with a migraine. Grrr otherwise quite normal.

hilltoplady Thu 27-Oct-11 22:06:59

Ha ha ha ha ha ha, yes, all of the above, glad it's not just ours. The only advantage of the low slung trouser look is that you can walk behind them down the street and say, in a nice loud voice, "Wow, you've had those pants on for four days now". Also, fiddling with his lip piercing (didn't see that one coming) and loosing the little round bit off the end. He's swallowed one while eating a Lion Bar, and last week I had to myopically screw it back on in the middle of a west end show. Urgh! Apologies to anyone looking on....

lovemyboysandbeagles Tue 01-Nov-11 13:01:28

I think I have come on here too late as they have already all been said, but I agree with most of them.

This is my favourite:

Rings me ( using his blackberry which obviously is welded to his hand ) from the upstairs loo to tell me there's no loo roll and he needs some

Which I haven't come across yet but made me lauch so much smile

BerniW Fri 04-Nov-11 17:54:32

16 yr old ds lingo:

Yo mumsy. You is g, fam. Safe.


Hello mother. You are a marvellous member of the family/quite cool. Thanks and goodbye.

What ever happened to 1950s BBC-style English?!

FellatioNelson Sun 06-Nov-11 16:04:32

I get called Mumsy as well. I was flattered at first - I thought it was a lovely term of endearment reserved just for me. And then I realised that Mumsy is a street word, and I am one of many mumsies. sad

NicolaWorkHardPartyHarder Sat 17-Dec-11 19:21:38

Aaah.At the moment I seem to never stop being annoyed with my DS (15).Makes me feel like such a bad mothersad But I love him.
1)Eats me out of house and home.Never stops eating.Junk food mainly, even with healthy,organic meals provided.
2)Never does anything that means he will have to get off the sofa,and actually do exercise,especially.
3)Makes jokes about his weight (he is quite 'chunky'...).Not sure why this annoys me so much.
4)IS so laidback,he's practically going backwards.

BrokenRing Sun 18-Dec-11 12:56:36

"Makes extensive milkshakes using drinking chocolate, about half a bag of sugar and bananas, to serve to his friends."

Yes to this - using a 4 pint carton of milk, leaving milk and powdered chocolate all over the worktops and the blender to be washed, and the fridge door open (in fact all cupboard doors open). Realised this autumn he could make iced coffee the same way.

Wet towels, crumpled used clothes kicked into a corner of his cupboard.

Raiding the fridge for eggs and bacon fry-ups and using specific special ingredients the rest of the family would automatically know were for particular meals. You come to make tea and find the key special ingredient missing and he says he didn't think anyone wanted to use it.

Refusing to wear earphones and inflicting his music on the rest of the household.

dmo Sun 18-Dec-11 14:06:20

My boys are 14 and 15 and as different as can be
15 yr old has 2 showers a day, his room is clean, does all his homework, A* sudent and not gay grin
14yr old never washes, lives in the dark, plays on PC all day, always getting text/ letters home to say homework not done, never had a gf, never puts any clothes in the wash, his room is a tip, never has bedding on his bed and is a total pig angry

But 15yr old never ever does his chores for me and the 14yr old does his every day

RattusNorvegicus Sun 18-Dec-11 14:49:42

Is 6ft3 and eats constantly. Rest of his mates spend money on beer, he came home with a George Foreman grill. Never puts credit on phone. Is always, and I mean always, attached to a guitar. Refers to any drama on tv as 'Bonnets', (I'm a Jane Austen fan) will walk out in disgust at anything he thinks bonnety (Downton Abbey). Has a laugh like Sid James which reverberates round the house when South Park and Family Guy are on.Has not read a book since he was about 10, which infuriates me. And has unfeasibly large banana boat feet, there are currently 7 pairs of footwear in the hall for me to fall over.

mathanxiety Tue 20-Dec-11 00:15:26

Can't find anything to eat in a fridge whose shelves are groaning under the weight of groceries.
Manages to eat humongous quantities of food all the same.
Generates incredible amounts of laundry daily.
Not much of a flusher (but puts the seat and lid down, so you open it all up and never know what you're letting yourself in for a lot of the time).
Considers loud farting something to be really, really proud of.
Huge feet - there is no larger size. If they grow any more he will have to get custom made shoes or wear roasting pans.

I really miss him now he's away in university <sob>.

Janni Tue 20-Dec-11 00:57:37

What a therapeutic thread!

-I have one I can't get out of the shower and one I can't get in it
-One who puts absolutely everything for washing and one who has to be prised out of his sweaty clothes
-They both put empty cartons back in fridges and empty packets back in cupboards
-Tell you you're nagging when you ask them more than once to do the thing they haven't done but blame you when they haven't done what they needed to do for school eg revision/homework/get up on time etc etc
-Have an answer for everything eg the reason kids went out more when I (mum) was young was because there was nothing interesting to do at home

argghh Tue 20-Dec-11 02:33:29

The damp towles - that made me laugh.

Yep all of the above and the 'Oh dont worry' To every question.

But just spent a very funny evening with teenage son and his friend watching silly films and chatting - it is possible to have a conversation and a laugh with them - even if they do cost you a fortune in train fares and food.

chardom Wed 21-Dec-11 09:50:58

My 13yo DS walks out of lounge in disgust when I want to watch 'grey pubes' TV, which is basically any programme he hasn't chosen!!

PattySimcox Wed 21-Dec-11 10:13:53

grin @ grey pubes

longlashes Wed 21-Dec-11 16:31:41

Doesn't ever answer his mobile when he's out- ' The signal is weak there, mum'.
Has text me from upstairs saying bring us up a cup of tea Mum.
(Doesn't happen!)
Looses endless keys.
Has thick black curly hair and won't get it cut until it looks like there is a woolly mammoth sitting on his head!

longlashes Wed 21-Dec-11 16:50:23

That was ds2 16, but ds 1 18 is very, different, spends ages doing his hair, hours in the shower but why is it everytime he is in the house there is this incessant vibrating loud music in the house.
Me- Turn it down, him - it's not loud, but he turns it down a bit. Then he goes downstairs leaving his bedroom door open and it is so loud, I am sure he must be deaf.
Then I think My god I sound just like my mother!.
I love them both dearly though they do have their good points hmm well, some of the time.

shoddyandolder Wed 21-Dec-11 16:52:07

The weak signal and the keys aaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!!!!!!!!!

Slambang Wed 21-Dec-11 17:09:58

Relate whole-heartedly to every post.

Ds (15) can genuinely hold an entire conversation with me without any word of it actually penetrating his brain.

Me: So what time are you meeting your friends, ds?
Him: uh? Oh, I dunno.
Me: Well, I'm going into town now so I could give you a lift if you want to come with me.
Him: Uh, yes ok
Me: Well come on, I'm leaving now.
Him: What?
Me: I'm leaving for town now. Are you coming?
Him: Where?
Me: to town
Him: Why are we going to town? I don't want to go.
Me: aren't you meeting your friends?
Him: Uh, what?
Me: s...i...g...h....

shoddyandolder Wed 21-Dec-11 17:14:20

Mine is either stinky or can't get him out of the shower. Uses shower gel at an alarming rate. Leaves wet towel on floor EVERY DAY. Uses the laundry basket as 'storage' meaning I have to sniff everything before i wash it as some of it is suspiciously clean. Will wear wet things if he is determined to wear them.

gettingeasier Wed 21-Dec-11 21:30:07

Hilarious and sooo true of my 15 yo DS , btw he falls into clean category.

Reading this have realised I have been falling for the "yes Mum" tactic thinking oh hes so easy going (as opposed to 12 yo DD) and not fully clocking its a placatory move !

Actually very good will say What can I eat Mum rather than tucking in regardless

Screaming at PS3, dirty clothes towels etc and " Mum I ma not trying to fight with you but if its my room then waht does it matter if its tidy ? Can you just explain, seriously"

To be soppy and not spoil the thread he came and sat with me watching the likes of Come Dine With Me and Strictly for the first 18 months after his Dad left and never made it feel like a chore or favour <<sobs>>

RelaxTheCacks Wed 21-Dec-11 22:11:41

14 yr old who is bigger than me and like FIFIBEBE he tells me I'm small, still cowers when I roar though Heh heh.
He wees on the loo seat.
Asks is his shirt washed 10 mins before he is due to leave.
uses the house as a home for his beweldered mates.

And all of the above too !

kaylathecat Wed 28-Dec-11 15:26:04

I have two DSs aged 15 and 17.

- Have long and loving conversations with the dogs, but just grunt at me.
- Put sweaty school shirts in the tumble drier rather than wash them (when there are no clean ones because I've said its time they learnt to do their own washing).
- Lose their reason to live if their headphones go missing.
- Wear their sports kit every day of the year.
- Don't know how to open the door to the dishwasher.
- Cover the kitchen in batter mix at midnight.
- Leave vague messages about where they need picking up from, late at night, when the battery on their mobile is about to die. eg "From the corner of the road that sticks out. I'll be on the wall."
- And all the above too.

argghh Mon 09-Jan-12 15:59:38

Another key lost this weekend .... ho hum, fortunately key cutters soing a special deal so have stocked up!

Mollers Mon 09-Jan-12 20:53:02

Have read nearly all of this thread I think we might all be sharing the same son....
Leaving shoes and bag immediately behind front door so it won't open and I have to knock to get into my own house
Phone always going to voicemail and then getting a text saying 'ring again'
Wet towels
Crusty bed tissues
Hands constantly down pants
Staying awake till late, refusing to get up and telling me to 'chill' when I start to lose it in the mornings
Inability to see things that are under his nose
Inability to flush toilet and pee into it instead of on the seat
Ability to spend his weekly money within a day and then skulk behind me saying 'everyone else is going to the cinema but I'm not bothered.....'
Inability to go up or down stairs quietly
Ability to eat all sweet things and crisps within an hour of me buying them
Getting changed 3 or 4 times a day and putting clothes into dirty wash
Lying about what time everyone else can stay out till

and that is just the start of my list..........but he is a gem and I wouldn't be without him

Mollers Mon 09-Jan-12 20:55:38

Oh yeah, and the:

'have you seen my headphones/xbox controller/charger/gloves/neckwarmer/insert your own favourite'

and then 'well I definitely left it there so YOU must have moved it'


percysgirl Tue 10-Jan-12 11:21:42

Oh where do I start DS is 16 ..... deep breath .....

Odd socks
Blackberry glued to hand but never switched on when I ring (!)
Eats everything and I do mean everything
Doesn;t like what I cook but will eat same meal at his mates house
Winding DD (14) and DS (4) up .......... constantly
All secretive
Doesn't talk unless you can understand grunts
Has to be practically thrown into shower
Steals my hair gel/hairspray/moisturiser/etc when meeting a girl
Never introduced to said girl (s)
Never has homework .E.V.E.R.
Likes to leave a pair of trainers in every room in the house
Thinks my car was bought just as his personal taxi
Thinks I have a money tree growing in the garden (I wish hmm)

But I love him and he loves me grin

Libermonkey Fri 13-Jan-12 15:45:47

I never realised that's why the socks were crunchy blush

MumorMug Fri 13-Jan-12 18:00:59

Brilliant, I am not alone! All of the above, although my DS isn't taller than me and I haven't encountered the 'crusty socks'........yet smile

One more for the list though....wipes bogeys behind radiator in the bedroom

TotallyLaLa Sat 14-Jan-12 10:00:41

lolol!!! I find bogies on the wall above the bed! Nice hmm

My friend says her kids have a 'floordrobe'.

My DS is nearly 17

Wet towels on the floor or bed
Rubbish on floor
Rubbish under or down sides of furniture ditto with dirty washing
Constant XBox
Apart from that he is lovely
Still gives cuddles, nearly 6ft 4" now with size 12 feet but skinny as a rake.

OlympicEater Mon 16-Jan-12 09:45:00

Think my friend is having some teen ishoos this morning.

Her FB status reads "Olympic's friend will never understand teenagers. Minus 3 and won't wear a coat. Must be all that attitude that keeps them warm."

[can so relate] emoticon

TotallyLaLa Mon 16-Jan-12 10:06:30

grin oh I am so going to use the "must be the attitude keeping you warm" comment to my 14 yo DD

Fabulous. Ta Olympic thanks

doinmummy Mon 16-Jan-12 22:37:54

i have DD 14. Nearly all of the above I can relate to.
Do your DS ask for a lift to town then half way there ask you to pick up their mate who lives in the opposite direction?
Brings friends round for a sleepover without asking. Cant say no as said friends parents have all arranged to go out because they've got a kid free evening!

fredlin Sun 22-Jan-12 22:50:37

Most of the above only to be expected but did not anticipate long-term occupation of the moral high ground. Hard line disapproval of parents' drinking (weekends only may I add), failures in domestic provisioning - fridge/cupboards (box of cereal every two days and then, without warning, same brand despised and left to fester), less than immediate answers to questions and, tonight we were berated because neither of us was a classicist. Massive but unpublished list of 'banned phrases' that I must never utter. Everything I say met with heavy irony or, more often, silence and a look of contempt. Definitely detect a pretty masculine, forensic brain developing but am keeping cheerful nonetheless.

TotallyLaLa Mon 23-Jan-12 11:03:51

Oh fredlin how funny they are. According to my DS, I am just plain embarrassing (although not so embarrassing as when I have been shopping and DS and it seems like 20 of his friends all fancy a snack!!)
Cereal problems I totally relate to .... I never knew kids could go off food so quickly grin

Datun Thu 11-Apr-13 14:35:49

Oh, thank God. Everyone's teen is the same as mine. His ultimate saving grace is how he can endlessly (and generally unwittingly) amuse me for hours. For instance, on donning a sleeveless top and wondering whether I was a little too old for a strappy number, I made the mistake of asking for his sartorial advice (no daughters):
Me (critically surveying mirror): Do my arms look ok in this top?
Him (not looking up from texting): Huh?
Me: Do my arms look ok? Y'know, I don't want to look like mutton dressed as lamb.
Him (still not looking): What does that mean?
Me: Y'know, mutton is old, lamb is young...
Him (head still down): No, you look fine. Mutton dressed as mutton with bad arms.

bubby64 Thu 11-Apr-13 23:19:04

Needs to be blackmailed to get them in shower, then you need the hot water to run out to get them out, wet towels dropped where ever they last stood, dirty clothes in piles on floor, often mixed with clean, ironed, folded clothes which they don't bother to put away. The overiding smell of lynx, eating all the crisps, biscuits, junk food available, then complaining they are hungry, offer them fruit or something healthy, and its as if you are offering them poison, slamming of doors, not listening or answering you because their ears are always plugged with earphones attached to phone, ipod or xbox, using 1/2 roll toilet paper on every visit, and then not flushingangry angry

bubby64 Thu 11-Apr-13 23:22:33

I think thats all for today.....
By the way, my 2 are still 12, so by the looks of the rest of this thread, things are not going to improve soonsad .......

zaphod Thu 11-Apr-13 23:34:34

Thanks for this. I feel so much better about my teen boys now. Phew!

I'm glad I read this thread, my son is 14 and does the majority of the above. But he is still cuddly (even though a lot taller than me) .

FiftyshadesofYoni Thu 18-Apr-13 15:29:06

Mine does everything listed but is so cheeky and full of banter for his old mumsy that he gets away with it

marriedinwhiteagain Sun 21-Apr-13 08:51:32

Everything listed but for the provocative arguments he starts and won't back down.
Inability to get stuff ready the night before and the "where are my cricket whites" when we both need to have left the house five minutes earlier.

Merguez Sun 21-Apr-13 08:59:14

uses all the hot water in a very long shower.

Stinks of Lynx.


watches TV while simultaneously playing a game or watching You Tube on his iPhone.

Merguez Sun 21-Apr-13 09:01:53

And refuses to wear a coat when waiting for the school bus, even if it is snowing.

Abra1d Sun 21-Apr-13 09:03:21

Says he doesn't need help with GCSE revision or testing. Waits until I am taking hot pans of food out of the oven. 'Oh yeah, Mum, would you be able to do a French role-play with me now? The aural's tomorrow.'

Inability to read and interpret bus timetables and weekend changes to services. Leading to constant calls to collect him from far distances because he's got it wrong.

But I do adore him.

Merguez Sun 21-Apr-13 09:07:46

Just realised this is a zombie thread.

Abra1d Tue 23-Apr-13 09:58:55

Appropriate, given we are talking about teenage boys. ;)

MadameJosephine Tue 23-Apr-13 21:29:48

I've only read the first 2 pages but recognise all of it in my 16 year old DS (yet to find a wank sock though - eeeewwww)

My delicious DD is only 23 weeks old - please somebody tell me teenage girls are not as disgusting? Anyone??

Ha! My DD is worse! 14 and her room is beyond vile most of the time unless I am wielding 'my stick'.

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