please explain why my teens do this and add your own drive you crazy moments...

(121 Posts)
FunInTheSunD Mon 25-Nov-13 19:31:04

My DS 15 drives my crazy because he walks about in just his boxers and moans he's cold...
I put their tea in front of them and DD 17 says... is it hot???
They both ask whats for tea... (its actually written on a white board in the kitchen) I tell them... then they ask me again at least twice before I start to cook it....

And I buy food on a Saturday and if I don't hide some of it they eat it all by Sunday night... does anyone else have to hide food from their teen

Please tell me what your teen does that drives you crazy and we'll see if we can analyse their behaviour between us...

louby44 Mon 25-Nov-13 21:18:58

DS14 won't put his dirty washing in the washing basket, on Friday he went to school in dirty clothes (with a great deal of Lynx sprayed on). I refuse to pick up any more dirty clothes, the basket is less than a metre from his room. It is plain laziness...or maybe he knows how much it drives me mad!!

Xfirefly Mon 25-Nov-13 21:34:35

don't have teens yet but I used to rarely put my ironing away , it would get buried or dropped onto the floor and then probably back in the wash because I'd creased it blush my mum used to go mad. this was early teens ...I soon learnt my lesson when mum made me do washing and ironing smile

breadandbutterfly Mon 25-Nov-13 22:12:50

My dd wishes me to get her uniform that is specifically not allowed and incidentally makes her look like an underaged hooker (short, tight, lycra skirts). Apparently, I am being deeply unreasonable in refusing to buy this, as clearly every mother's dream is for their dd to get detentions combined with attention from spotty under-aged Adonises on the bus (or worse still, adult letches).

She is also apparently incapable of remembering her food tech ingredients need to be bought until about 10pm the night before food tech - oh, and this is my fault too.

That's just for this evening. grin

Areyoumymummysnet Mon 25-Nov-13 22:44:30

I lose her Spanish/biology/maths homework. ON PURPOSE. (it's in her bag/room/the sofa where she left it.

brass Mon 25-Nov-13 22:52:54

And I buy food on a Saturday and if I don't hide some of it they eat it all by Sunday night.

This! They are like locusts.

Travelledtheworld Tue 26-Nov-13 05:53:10

Yes. DD 15 rarely puts clean clothes away and eventually put them back in the laundry basket all crumpled but clean.

DwellsUndertheSink Tue 26-Nov-13 06:01:46

I charge mine 50p per clean item in the laundry basket. he still manages to wear more than everyone else, even though I rarely see him out of school uniform? But he'll wear something for an hour or two and then its on the floordrobe until its been walked over enough times and hey presto, its in the basket. so "technically" not clean.

Likes to roll his shirt sleeves up really high, to show off the guns. Even though this has got him detention 4 or 5 times already this year, he keeps doing it.

nooka Tue 26-Nov-13 06:10:33

My teens do their own washing so I'm not very involved (actually I was never really involved as washing is dh's department) but it's a regular occurrence that they run out of clothes. ds will then refuse to get dressed and get incredibly grumpy if anyone else is already using the machine and he has to wait. dd on the other hand just borrows steals all my clothes, which then join the washing heap until I've nothing to wear too...

FunInTheSunD Tue 26-Nov-13 06:41:59

breadandbutter... my friends DD does exactly the same thing...

I can't believe they have so many problems related to the washing of clothes. .. I mean how hard do they have to make it. ..
On that note though... my DD had a habit of leaving her dirty knickers/leggings on her bedroom floor and then came in my room to pinch mine, I couldn't work out where they had all gone. ..this kept all came to a head one day when we both had none to wear... I had a lock put on my door then.. not what I wanted but I felt I had no choice. .

We have dressing gown (not tied) on top of boxers here.

I think parenting teens and toddlers is exactly the same TBH.

louby44 Tue 26-Nov-13 18:21:26

I wouldn't dare let my boys do their own washing. They would was one thing at a time on the longest setting. I'm afraid I need to have some/all control of the washing for a couple of more years yet.

But yes I too find myself in Sainsburys at 7.30am buying bizarre food items and defending myself with 'missing' homework. We have a permanent pile of books/scraps of paper/handouts on the side in the kitchen which gets larger and larger as the week goes on. I'm dreading next September when DS10 goes to secondary school. The pile will be even bigger!

FunInTheSunD Wed 27-Nov-13 06:11:30

We had similar with the cooking louby44 but ours was at 11pm at night. .. I spent a fortune on ingredients, then DD and her friends would eat whatever she'd cooked at school.

MrsBright Wed 27-Nov-13 08:40:55

I love the 'YOU did it' accusations - some of them are priceless.

The 'but you didnt remind me' is my current favourite. I'm going to try not cooking tea one night 'because she didnt remind me'.

thefirstmrsrochester Wed 27-Nov-13 08:54:26

After showering, heap the wet towels on the bed then whinge that their beds are wet.
Amazing the number of books/forms/PE kits/musical instruments i've forgotten.
The weeks worth of packed lunch stuff often scoffed within 24 hours of purchase.
Litter being tossed in the general direction of the bin as near the bin is as good as in the bin according to my dc.
Basically what everyone else has already said. Sigh.

ithaka Wed 27-Nov-13 09:03:26

I have 2 daughters. Therefore, I have no unladdered tight in my tights drawer,ever. I have to hide new tights in obscure places.

Eastwickwitch Wed 27-Nov-13 11:07:46

Apparently that pile of clean/ironed/dirty clothes on the floor is called a Floordrobe.
never seen one in Ikea though

Ds1 thinks that boxers and a dressing gown is appropriate attire for any occasion. However, ask him to go to the shop, which is at the end of our road or to walk the dog and he disappears upstairs and takes 15 minutes to "get ready"

In case he sees someone he knows. God forbid he is seen outside wearing lonsdale tracky bottoms.

NoComet Wed 27-Nov-13 11:21:57

Yes tights get knicked and shoes end up soaking wet under the trampoline. Just because you can't find your own Crocs (used as garden capable slippers here) or trainers there is no need to lose mine too!

The radiator in the bathroom comes on with the hot water even in summer. Why? Therefore do my DDs think
towels dry better in a heap on the floor than on the rail above said radiator confused

ithaka Wed 27-Nov-13 15:35:56

Oh, I've thought of another one - hairbrushes. There must be hundreds in the house somewhere. A teenager will never be able to find her hairbrush, so will borrow mine, so I can't find my hairbrush, teenager then cannot find hairbrush she borrowed and will ask for mine and there are no longer any hairbrushes. Roar - they can be so annoying.

And yes to wet towels, clothes on floor and especially & top annoyance - clean washing in the dirty linen basket. That one sends my DH so apoplectic it is scary, but teenage girls have a special super power of being utterly oblivious to enraged parents.

Same here Tantrums. It's DS1's paper round tonight-he will have to decide what he's wearing. hmm

I may suggest he does it in boxers and dressing gown combo. grin

DwellsUndertheSink Wed 27-Nov-13 16:02:18

yy to boxer shorts and dressing gown. and even more yes to the bloody hairbrushes. I actually chained mine to the mirror stand at one point. Dyed her hair recently - hair dye on the wall, on 2 (!!) of my nice fluffy new towels. Grrrr.

And towels...our record is 9 on the bedroom floor.

FeetUpUnitilChristmas Wed 27-Nov-13 16:35:08

Mine have just come in from school.

1 has helped themselves to a packet of crisps and a sandwich as she hasn't eaten all day and disappeared to her pit.
The other is currently starving so making a tuna may sandwich, so far I have bought the wrong mayo (it's the one we have used for the past umpteen years), and she has tipped tuna and juice all over the sink, but the sponges are too 'manky' for her to use to clear up.
At least it's only Wednesday so there is some food left in the house (delivery comes on a Monday), although tomorrow I have to go and buy cakes for one of them to take in to class, I have banned cake making as I can't cope with the mess they make.

I refuse to go in their rooms or bathroom, I will do their washing if it is sorted and put on the heaps on my bedroom floor (on wash day) otherwise they have to do their own.

Fortunately we are all different shapes and sizes plus apparently I have absolutely no fashion sense so my clothes don't go missing.

However my GHDs, hairbrushes, nail clippers, tweezers and expensive nail polish keep growing legs and leaving my room never to return, they are never borrowed by either DD, so either my husband (no hair) has a secret or we have a ghost.

DD2 thinks that suitable attire is a onsie, but needs at least 30 minute warning if she is to leave the house.

I picked DS1 up from the school bus stop. he said 'i am going to go straight out and deliver the paper as soon as we get home'. Since getting home he has spent 20 minutes in the bathroom, checked Facebook, had a fight with DS2 because he 'looked at me', had a snack and spent ages texting someone. He has just gone out with the papers. hmm

FrigideBarjot Wed 27-Nov-13 17:14:36

I have 2 long haired DDs and what bugs me is the hair EVERYWHERE.
Clogging up MY hairbrush
Blocking the shower
Carpeting the bathroom floor
I even found some in the dishwasher filter the other day

No hair here Frigide, but DS is at the elastic band stage with his braces. The teeny tiny bands are everywhere, in the sink, on the dining table, there are probably some in the dishwasher filter actually. angry

Fabsmum Wed 27-Nov-13 17:57:18

Dd leaves her coat on a chair/floor and her shoes in the middle of the hallway. If I see them there I hang coat up and put shoes on shoe rack. Because I have done this it means I am fully responsible for her being late for school on each and every day that she can't find her shoes/coat. Given that most days they are in random places (where she's left them) and she only starts looking for them when she is already 10 minutes late leaving the house this drives me utterly insane.

clam Wed 27-Nov-13 18:15:12

Dd wears a skirt once, then puts in in the laundry basket. Ditto her towels. HER towels, not even shared.
These things have disappeared from my dressing table in the couple of days alone - hairbrush, nail polish remover, eye-makeup remover, cotton wool balls, cotton buds, eyeliner pencil.
I have NO tights left, nor girlie socks. I have to steal in turn from dh's drawer.
I have discovered that the only failsafe way to get ds to do any of his chores within a reasonable time-frame is to ask him an hour before he wants a lift somewhere.

octopusinastringbag Wed 27-Nov-13 18:40:54

clam I think that is preferable to the bedroom carpet being completely obscured by them....or is that just my teenager?

clam Wed 27-Nov-13 18:55:00

Oh don't worry, we have that too!

clam Wed 27-Nov-13 18:55:43

I truly believe that teenagers are God's payback for being pfb in previous years.

IamInvisible Wed 27-Nov-13 19:04:15

We have 2 shoe racks and one of those wall mounted Ikea shoe cupboard things in the hall, so why do I nearly break my neck tripping over umpteen pairs of trainers that are on the floor right next to the bloody things?

DS2 never, ever takes his school bag upstairs at night, then shouts that someone must have moved it in the morning!hmm

We have the boxers and dressing gown combo here too.

AllDirections Wed 27-Nov-13 19:15:18

I think I've found my quiche grin

AllDirections Wed 27-Nov-13 19:15:48

I feel so at home here

littleblackno Wed 27-Nov-13 19:26:21

I don't have teenagers yet but i'm already hiding food!

AllDirections Thu 28-Nov-13 06:57:48

little grin

FuckyNell Thu 28-Nov-13 07:13:26

There is a bin right next to my ds bed. I even took the lid off to make it easier to put stuff in it one handed. My god there is still crap on the bed side table. Unfuckingbelievable.

Ugh. Just been to wake DS1 up. He has done that horrible thing of taking pants and trousers of in one move. i am not peeling those pants from the trousers. sad

octopusinastringbag Thu 28-Nov-13 07:25:05

Ugh. Thanks Sparkling, that'll teach me to be on Mumsnet whilst eating my porridge.
My DS has informed me that I might see him die. Lovely start to the morning.


Suddenly changed from never putting anything in the dirty laundry basket to putting entire outfit (t-shirt, jeans, hoody) in the laundry basket after wearing it for two or three hours after school. This is on top of the sailing clothes and rugby kit I'm washing for him.

If I remind him to take or do something then I'm nagging. If I don't remind him, then it's my fault he forgot it.

He only wears actual clothes to school, rugby, youth club or Scouts. He doesn't have a dressing gown but will mooch around the house in a combination of boxers, underarmour and ski socks. Unless I ask him to pop to the local shop (same road) or he's doing Minecraft on Skype, in which case he'll take half an hour to get ready, wear a clean outfit for an hour, then put it in the dirty laundry basket.

When he comes in from Scouts or youth club after the little ones' bedtime, he'll crash and bang and generally cause cacophony.

But if anyone makes the slightest noise before 10am on a weekend morning, he'll completely lose it.

What's he on about octopus? sad

DS2 is on his laptop checking if he has any MyMaths due in today. Teen in training I think. hmm

DS2 is on sofa-glued to his I pad. We leave in 8 minutes. I am more ready than he is. angry

impty Thu 28-Nov-13 07:58:43

Tights, I sew name labels in, ones without labels are mine. Works in theory, not in practice.
Clothes they now have to iron their own, what little they do iron still gets dumped on the floor, and eventually in the laundry basket clean.
Run out of mugs, glasses, plates? They'll be festering under beds.
Yy to food disappearing instantly.

This morning dd2 was asking who had 'stolen' one of her shoes. It's a relief to get them out the house most mornings!

On the other hand in a couple of years dd1 could well have left for Uni. I go from being sad about this to being relieved daily! grin

My ds1 is currently 10 minutes late leaving for school and is walking around the house wearing the skin tight under layers he wears for football because there's a school match at 10am. He needs to go to school in his kit.

Can he find his kit? No.
Did he look for it last night? No
Did he know about this match 2 whole weeks ago? Yes
Am I helping him? No. I am leaving for work in 3 minutes.

This, apparently is my fault. I am not sure how, I have not asked. I am just minding my own business and ignoring the stomping and hollering.

He is also going through a phase of putting entire outfits into the washing basket after he has worn them for an hour.

What is that all about? You put hoodies, tshirt and jeans into wash after 5 minutes but have a weeks worth of socks on your floor??

Oh he has found his kit. It was in his sports drawer all along.
I must have hidden it on purpose apparently.

Does he think I have nothing better to do than hide his kit?

And, actually if I was going to hide it, I would have picked a better place than the drawer in his bedroom where all the sports kit goes

MissScatterbrain Thu 28-Nov-13 08:45:10

Night time snacks which involves using two saucepans, a colander, grater, several spoons and making a huge mess in the kitchen that I had left spotless and tidy after cooking dinner.

YY to pants in trousers/leggings/tights - urgh!!

lovetoski Thu 28-Nov-13 08:52:18

Putting clothing in the laundry after wearing for an hour or so is easier than putting away, folding up to wear again. I have trained mine re bathroom, towels neat on rail, bathroom should look like it was to begin with but this has taken many months to master. Now working on put your plate in the dishwasher rather than on top this is still work in progress !

MrsBright Thu 28-Nov-13 09:22:53

One of those glorious 'Its your fault' moments this morning.

Big 'cooking day' at school - Masterchef type competition the kids take very seriously. She chose the menu, I packed the bag of ingredients this morning 'cos I'm nice. 'You've made it way too heavy Mum. I'll wreck my arms carrying that to school and then I wont win because of you. I hope that makes you happy.' Stomp, stomp.

Thingymajigs Thu 28-Nov-13 09:33:38

Ds1 (13) wears his favourite coat that his friend gave to him around the house all day every day. It smells disgusting by the end of the week.
We have a lock on one of our kitchen cupboards where we keep crisps, biscuits and chocolates. We keep a bowl of fruit underneath it which we point to when either of them are moaning about being hungry.
Simultaneously moaning that he is bored but at the same time refusing to do anything.
Manages to lose pretty much anything that is ever given to him apart from that coat and a messenger bag that is always empty because, well, he's lost everything in it.
On the bright side he is clever, caring, funny, always does his chores and is very tall and handy so he can reach things for me and fix my PC/TV/wonky shelf.

ithaka Thu 28-Nov-13 09:39:51

MrsBright that sounds like classic teenager. If they were men, we would be told to LTB.

I have dug the sandwich toaster out. DS1 now makes toasties instead of raiding the crisp/choc cupboard. He has a pre-dinner dinner of a baked bean toastie. grin

MrsSquirrel Thu 28-Nov-13 11:40:32

It is my dp who gets blamed for lost books, homework, pe kit ... wink then I can be the hero who finds them grin.

NoComet Thu 28-Nov-13 12:02:31

Yes we have little brace elastics and slightly bigger silicon hair elastics all over the house

grin at hiding sports kit in the sports kit draw.

I hide gymnastic leotards in the top draw, where leotards have lived for seven years [confussed]

NoComet Thu 28-Nov-13 12:03:14

Or even confused

grendel Thu 28-Nov-13 12:25:15

Yy to all of this!

- Moaned at for 'hiding' stuff by putting it away in its correct place [tick]
- Elastic bands from braces scattered everywhere [tick]
- Hairs everywhere [tick]
- Realising she doesn't have correct ingredients for food tech at 7.30am [tick] (how can this happen EVERY week????)
- Suspiciously clean clothes dumped in laundry basket [tick]
- Hoarding crockery in her room [tick] (I found 6 glasses, 3 mugs and 2 plates in there this morning)

But she is also lovely and funny and full of enthusiasm and (usually) a pleasure to have around!

You could buy yourself a mini rainbow loom and make tiny bracelets out of all the spare orthodontic bands.

slug Thu 28-Nov-13 13:43:18
IamInvisible Thu 28-Nov-13 14:42:31

I thought we were being burgled at 3:30 this morning, so I got up to look. DS1's door was open so I figured it was ok to come downstairs. He had woken up hungry and was making porridge!

Apparently that was my fault because he has used all the milkshake powder and between him and DS2 they have eaten all the mince pies so he couldn't have a milkshake and mince pie!hmm

whyayepetal Thu 28-Nov-13 16:57:54

We are a two- floordrobe family. Also yy to the just-missed-the-bin-well-never-mind-it-was-near syndrome. We have that too! Great to know it's not just my pair that do these things. grin

trooperlooperdo Thu 28-Nov-13 17:38:02

OH & DS both invest heavilly in keeping their floordrobes fully stocked, be it from clothes only worn once, to ironing that belongs in the drawers not on the floor. They think my threat of striking last time it happened was only a threat. It wasn't. OH is due to run out of clean t shirts next this space.

louby44 Thu 28-Nov-13 18:27:58

Love it! Sat drinking my tea and laughing!

Ahh if I only had realised what was in store. When they were toddlers I thought they were hard work, what a fool I was! grin

nooka Thu 28-Nov-13 18:37:27

My teens aren't really hard work. I just don't go into their rooms any more except to retrieve my stuff. The floordrobes are a bit grim though. My two both have washing basket thingies in their room, but dd does the vague throwing in that direction approach which means wading through dirty knickers to kiss her good night. So I told her that I'd not enter her pit in future and she would have to do without being tucked in.

They do both tidy on request, although they are young yet! Still another four years and they will both be gone and no doubt we will miss them like crazy (as well as being relieved!)

YY to the floordrobes hmm
And the smell of decomposing uneaten food combined with eau de Beckham (DS) and Alien (DD).
Food evaporates round here, hence the existence of Mums secret snack stash.
The complete inability of DD to let us know when she is leaving the premises. This morning I went in to say hi and discovered she was out all night. She is free to roam as far as she wishes but FFS at least say goodbye!
She also dresses out of my wardrobe, uses all my toiletries, hair gadgetry and make up (" But mum, I can't afford Mac!")
I hide my nice Falck tights and my cashmere socks. I have limits grin
If they weren't so bloody lovely if have killed them long ago.

BettyBotter Thu 28-Nov-13 18:52:04

Ds2 has a strop without fail every Saturday morning because his footy kit isn't clean. It isn't clean because he puts it in the washing basket on Friday after school and the Magic Washing Fairy doesn't get up in the middle of the night to wash it.

The absolute righteous indignation and shock he expresses each week when he says But I put it in the washing basket! is a picture.

We are then late for footy practice each saturday morning as he strops about wearing his second best kit. It is My Fault that we are late because we left late (because I was standing by the door waiting for him) hmm.

Oh the footy kit!
If it actually makes it way off the floordrobe, complete with both socks in time for my DAILY laundry stint, the socks will be inside out and laden with mud and grass, which you will only discover when you shove your hand in to turn them the right way round...

nooka Thu 28-Nov-13 19:02:51

Oh yes, ds's room has suddenly started to smell of teenage boy. It's weirdly distinctive!

Smells like hamsters cage * nooka* even with no hamster. sad

clam Thu 28-Nov-13 19:22:25

Oh GOD! I've just caught ds trying to disguise a zit by plastering on my Touche Éclat. angry

Start hiding your good stuff now wink

GraduallyGoingInsane Thu 28-Nov-13 20:24:51

Reading these is like reading a description of my DDs.

I have no tights or socks, ever. My cardigans also get stolen to wear around the house over leggings. (they're bigger than theirs because they are skinny minnies and I am not)

My nail varnish, touch éclat, eyeliner and straighteners disappear regularly. Oh and hairbrushes.

They refuse to wear a coat to school and they wear their skirts rolled sky high and think I don't realise yet come home moaning they are freezing cold!

Likewise it is WINTER yet they parade around the house in shorts and vests, cropped tops and leggings etc and then accuse me of being tight for not turning the heating up.

The whole house is covered in kirby grips. It's like they breed. Every time I vacuum I suck up about a thousand.

Hugglepuff Thu 28-Nov-13 23:03:46

My ds somehow manages to crumple all of his homework essays !
This habit has slightly improved since I , kindly, ironed one of the geography essays - unfortunately the heat made all of the ink disappear LITERALLY! Oops smile

sandyballs Fri 29-Nov-13 05:44:06

Love this thread grin

Both my DDs had to be at school at 4.30am this morning for a trip. Set my alarm for 3.30. DD1 leaps out of bed, full of smiles, chatting about the trip, packing her bag, she was ready in about 15 minutes, she could have had a lot longer in bed.

DD2, well, I had to pull the duvet into the hall in the end and she spent the next 30 minutes moaning and groaning, applying tons of make up, nicking my mascara, after saying how crap it was. Moaned about the lunch I had packed for her and then said how hideously embarrassed she was arriving at school in our old banger of a car. Slammed the door and off she went, not even a goodbye.

Will I be doing this again at the crack of dawn for DD2, not a chance.

sandyballs Fri 29-Nov-13 05:49:57

Just thought of something that really bugs me ...... does anyone elses DCs use their really nice wine glasses for juice/squash. WHY!?

Just been into the kitchen and they've used my beautiful champagne flutes to have their orange juice in. They're hand wash only.

nooka Fri 29-Nov-13 05:57:38

Oh yes, the appeal of the fancy wine glass! Still mine at least do ask, and it's generally only when we are having wine too. dd is generally quite appreciative, and she does look way better than me in most of my clothes hmm I make myself feel better by remembering that I would never have dreamed of wearing any of my mother's clothes (she had totally no style to my teen eye)

boschy Fri 29-Nov-13 13:23:20

I feel everyone's pain on this thread. I got a touche eclat for Christmas last year - the DDs bought it for me. it disappeared in Jan... every now and again I have a little whinge but it does no good as they each blame the other and then DH/the cat/the dog/the postman.

clam Fri 29-Nov-13 19:17:38

They'll unwrap a snack in a clean kitchen, and leave the wrappers all over the counter.

Or use cutlery, and chuck it in the sink, rather than the cutlery basket of the (open) dishwasher.

<<mind you, so does dh>>

clam Fri 29-Nov-13 19:18:55

Or, load the dishwasher full to bursting, but neglect to switch it on so it actually washes anything.

SirChenjin Fri 29-Nov-13 19:23:24

DD sits on the sofa watching her crappy US 'comedies', then stuffs the wrappers of whatever it is she's eating down the sides of the sofa. I actually found a china dinner plate down there once - obviously the long trek to the kitchen was too much for her. And don't even get me started on the state of her room.....angry

Neither of the teens seem to be able to get themselves organised, which results in last minute panics and tantrums as they are leaving for school in the morning. Apparently it is my job to look out their gym kits/physics homework/pencil cases and make sure that their homework is up to date - who knew??

Soditall Fri 29-Nov-13 19:35:13

Mine 17 and 15 DS's.

17 year old's room is a tip and despite me constantly asking him to take his dirty washing and crockery into the kitchen he always waits till I've flaming washed up and done all 3 loads of washing(there's 7 of us so I have that much to do every day)can't trust him to use the washing machine as he'd bloody blow it up!

He's always late home,always loosing phone's or breaking them or loosing chargers and forever loosing his inhaler(asthma)waits till he feels half dead to tell us he's lost another one.

Eats like food is going out of fashion(6 slices of toast for supper last night)his dad's not pleased.
He'll finish all the milk and not tell us,he easily uses 4 pints a day on his own,mainly on cereal.

Boils the kettle dry!

He can be the nicest guy going when he's not being bloody moody,sulky or miserable.

15 year old constantly asks whats for dinner despite being told several times.
Burns everything he cooks because he just won't watch what he's doing.

Eats constantly and still complains that he's hungry!
Drinks like a Goldfish constantly finishing of juice,squash,fizzy and failing to tell us.

Can be the most patient person in the world and then flip out other nothing!

When he's in a mood(usually if he's been told of for something he's done wrong)goes off on one like a toddler having a tantrum.

Constantly walks around in just boxers,I swear it's just so he doesn't have to answer the door even though it's usually for him and his oldest brother.

Has a wardrobe full of clothes but insists on wearing only jogging bottoms(he only has 2 pairs)and me and his Dad hate them.

But he has the patience of a saint(the majority of the time)with his littlest sister(6) and asd.

TOWELS!! They are everywhere, I swear they use 3 for each shower a just fling them over the bannister!
*Socks all over the bedroom floor
*eats food like it's his last meal, claims his packed lunch is gone by break time, even tho he has wraps, sausage roll, 3-4 pieces fruit, choc bar, dairylea crap, yogurt
*asks as soon as he gets in, what's for tea, then asks every half hour till its served up, if its chicken, chips and salad he loves me, stew, hates my guts!
*has a shower every morning, then puts his onesie on to eat breakfast hmm then gets his uniform on
*walks around in his boxers, although is often naked, WHY?!

Doinmummy Fri 29-Nov-13 21:42:05

You should all have been in my house this evening! DD going to a VERY IMPORTANT party tonight. As ever she's not left enough time to get ready( 5 bleeding hours should be enough for anyone).

Having left the bathroom smothered in fake tan, dirty knickers, bits of cotton wool covered in nail varnish and sopping wet towels,she comes down and asks me to put false eyelashes on her. I have never done this before. Obviously I couldn't get the fuckers to stick. Cue DD ripping them off stomping upstairs, ranting at what a useless mother I am, saying she's now not going to party. Obviously then decides she IS going and can I drive like fucking Ayton Senna to get her there in time.

boschy Fri 29-Nov-13 22:11:24

have you all got versions of my children then?? shit down the sofa - check. responsibility for all their possessions - check. towels everywhre - check. state of bathroom - check. crap on TV - check.

also DD1 - hogs big sofa, and claims 'personal space issues' should anyone else want to sit on it. I think the 'personal space issues' actually relate to the fact that she has all her worldly possessions clustered around her...

Doinmummy Fri 29-Nov-13 22:19:41

Oh god yes! The camp that DD sets up on the sofa. She is surrounded by biscuits , phone , makeup bag, wet wipes, nail varnish( which I have banned from the lounge due to new carpet) she's wrapped up in her blankie ( even though she's turned the heating up to 30 degrees)

SirChenjin Fri 29-Nov-13 22:25:07

Oh yes - nail varnish on the sofa angry. Caught DD putting MY dark red nail varnish on again whilst sitting on our cream sofa and watching her drivel on TV. She has been expressly forbidden from doing this, but I arrived home from work early and caught her at it - just about exploded at her, which resulted in much eye rolling angry

chickydoo Fri 29-Nov-13 22:36:27

I love this thread..
Shoe box in porch, do they put their flaming shoes in, NO.. I trip over them everyday.
They do put their football boots in the box, caked with cleaning of boots of course, the shoebox is now half full of dried mud. I am not cleaning it out!
DD's bedroom yesterday
Food under bed
4 cups with stuff in
2 teaspoons
Lots of empty packets of crisps etc.
Dirty knickers, sanitary pads, (used)
I get the underwear in trousers or tights every day. I have 3 teens.
(2 boys, and a girl) and a younger one still in primary school.
Why am I the only one who knows where the dishwasher is?
Why is there no food in the house?
Why is their never any printer ink or paper?
Why are their empty cartons of OJ in the fridge?
Why are their phone batteries always dead?
Why do my toiletries vanish?
Why am I the only one to put empty loo rolls in the bin? Actually why am I the only one to put anything in the bin?

A challenge, my DH calls it...

CointreauVersial Fri 29-Nov-13 22:37:40

YY to inside-out mud-encrusted football socks that shower you with crumbs of mud when you unravel them. And the boxers and dressing gown combo.

CointreauVersial Fri 29-Nov-13 22:40:58

And dirty knickers and tights entwined, gusset side out, left all over DD1's bedroom floor. Yuk.

This thread is brilliant. My two teen dd's do all of the things mentioned on here, every single one, including the wine glasses, pinching make-up, brushes, tights etc, towels and clothes on floor and clean clothes in wash.

Ds is nearly 11, and he does most of them too, lol.

Ooh the football socks make me want to scream. DS1 plays on a couple of Astoturf pitches. one is covered in a layer of sand, the other in tiny rubber balls. Every time I turn a pair of socks from inside out I get sand/balls/mud pinging everywhere.

I have bought DS1 a t shirt/shorts combo for bed today. He has the shorts on, they come to his knees. So much better than the boxers. smile

Doinmummy Fri 29-Nov-13 23:23:24

Oh yes! I forgot about the grubby knickers inside tights, sometimes with the added bonus of a panty liner attached.

Cellophane wrappers from tampons strewn everywhere . And don't get me started on face wipes- stuffed into mugs, on the floor, on the windowsill, left in the bathroom basin, under her pillow.

Awks Fri 29-Nov-13 23:26:19

We live en route to school. So dd2 always hs someone to walk with (which is good). This also means we live on the way home which means her mates come to us on the way home to use the loo (as loo paper in school is hard, apparently) and then inevitably they get a drink, and a bag of crisps and fuck off home

boschy Fri 29-Nov-13 23:44:20

AND AND AND... the state of the bathroom generally - they use a different face flannel every day, always covered in make up debris; there are used cotton buds everywhere, ditto hair grips, bin over flowing with used tampons/wrappers, make up wipes all over the place, lumpy blobs of shampoo down the shower screen.

WHY are they so slovenly?

Doinmummy Fri 29-Nov-13 23:49:58

Dirty plates in the bedroom with knives welded to them by tomato ketchup.

DorisHerod Fri 29-Nov-13 23:54:00

Lovely cheering thread! I've had a right day of it with my 2 teens doing ALL of these things that you mention. Aargh!

DD : Being late and it's apparently my fault. Forgetting key bit of homework and it's apparently my fault. Bathroom left like bomb site including orange foundation wiped on wall next to mirror...god forbid DD should have to walk across the room and get a tissue to wipe her makeup on.

Sofa turned into a camp of craft bits, sweet wrappers, blankets, crusted over plates, tea cups and discarded earrings balanced on the arms. Shouts at younger brother when he attempts to sit down on other end of sofa.

Knickers and tights combo left on floor in bedroom.

DS : late, lost kit, stamping around house blaming everyone, borrows 20 quid, goes to cinema and texts to say three extra coming home for dinner with him (no problem with that). Cook extra food. He arrives an hour late, alone. 'Oh yeah I forgot to say they couldn't come they had to go home'. Raids fridge, ignoring the food that I've cooked. Remind him about sport fixture tomorrow. Stamps around saying doesn't want to go why am I making him? Forgetting he personally told team organiser that he was available to play tomorrow. Can I get him out of it? No I say. He stamps to his room in a sulk.

Etc etc

boschy Sat 30-Nov-13 00:00:56

but they're lovely really, and so much more interesting than toddlers!

nooka Sat 30-Nov-13 00:04:14

I'm glad that I'm not the only one with a slovenly daughter! The knickers with pads in is just so so gross shock I'm sure I was never like that! grin

Dwerf Sat 30-Nov-13 00:14:25

'a teen is a toddler with 11 years practice'. I think I had wiped most of these from my mind now the older two have moved out, but dd2 is displaying much of this behaviour (oh how I laughed when she screeched that she wasn't a hormonal teen because I'M ONLY TWELVE!!!!...AND A HALF!!!) Dd3 isn't quite there yet, but took herself off to bed without being nagged the other night, I'm sure this was how it started with dd2...

RhondaJean Sat 30-Nov-13 00:29:38

Having read this thread grin I have realised my dd1 at 14 is actually really really good.

However the 9 yo appears to bea teenager already!

Mess - laziness - eating like a horse - all ticked!

sparklingbrook I hate those tiny rubber balls! Took me a while to realise where they were coming from thick but DS trainers seem to hold onto them for days and they go EVERYWHERE! The poor cat had some in his water bowl hmm

honey we have a houseful. They were in his bed the other day. angry His trainers are in the porch and I can see they are full of them.

octopusinastringbag Sun 01-Dec-13 08:18:44

I bring you:

an 'invisible' carpet
an attitude the size of Olympus Mons
an eye roll that surely would win a world record
dirty laundry mountains also the size of Olympus Mons

but also a lovely daughter who sadly doesn't realise just how lovely she is. I'm on a mission to make her realise,somehow. Easy.....

Cerisier Sun 01-Dec-13 08:40:27

Yes to wet towels everywhere, socks dropped in the middle of the sitting room floor, dirty underwear across DD15s floor, school papers and files on every surface in the downstairs of the house, a 3m radius of bags and hoodies around the front door plus there are no glasses left in the kitchen.

Major attitude from DD15 who takes about 30mins and a great deal of cajoling to do anything helpful. Yet my beautiful baby thinks she doesn't look pretty and comes for big hugs and reassurance. My heart breaks. Being clever, slim and pretty isn't enough, apparently you also have to weigh nothing and have a thigh gap to be a beautiful teen, the pressure she puts herself under is awful.

I was a bit upset yesterday, and got a bit tearful. DS1 told me to go and sit in the living room, and he made me a cheese toastie and a coffee, and fave me a huge hug.

I think I saw a glimmer of years to come.....

The kitchen did look a bit of a tip after

He has a shedload of revision to do today-I may have to nag. sad

*gave. Although he was my fave because it was DS2 that made me upset.

DorrisM Sun 01-Dec-13 09:29:06

I'm living this horror too, my three are all close in age and still at the younger end of teen but we are certainly experiencing most of this. All the clothes/washing crimes and I'm steeling the concept of 50p fine for clean clothes found in the washing it gives me the rage. Dd's so slapdash with sanitary towels left for all to see and associated wrappers/sticky strips on the floor. DS not really a teen at 11 eats like a horse, but fussy. Luckily I don't get much attitude (yet) but the bickering amongst themselves is horrific.

Just as I was about to kill them I heard dd1 rowing with her friend on the phone because the friend made a bitchy comment about dd2 "you don't get to say bad stuff about my sister". Ahh.

Wibble1999 Sun 01-Dec-13 11:50:18

Oh yes you are responsible for all the ills of the world.
With two teenage boys I would buy enough 'treats' for the week. If it was gone by day one. Nothing bought for a week. If one ate it and the other thought it unfair..let them sort it out by themselves.
Clothes =wash your own. If left in the washing machine or drier too long (days!) then dumped on end of bed.
School of hard knocks.

DollyTwat Sun 01-Dec-13 17:46:59

I've just been subjected to a load if huffing and eye rolling for my crime of ..

Not passing the charger, for MY laptop, which was slightly closer to me than him. I am apparently lazy and don't do anything for him

I'm about to throw all his clean washing over his bedroom floor that's where it will end up anyway

AngryBuddha Sun 01-Dec-13 18:28:51

I removed 12 damp towels from my sons bathroom. I would not mind but he has used these all in the last 3 days! What about the rest of us!!

I hide food (normally goodies) in the car and bring them in periodically over the week otherwise they would be gone within the evening.

Also my makeup and nail vanish keeps disappearing, I only have boys!!

DorisHerod Sun 01-Dec-13 21:15:51

Thought I must pop back to the thread to say that since Friday when they were doing my head in, they've been really lovely!

Must post on MN more often....

AngryBuddha Sun 01-Dec-13 21:18:37

Also DS can't make food, tidy up or do homework with music blaring!!

Love him so much though!!! Even if he is irritating!!

DollyTwat Mon 02-Dec-13 12:54:00

This morning I have been blamed for missing shoes and planner

I hid with ds2 in my room til he'd gone for the bus
Oh and I'm a terrible parent and it will be my fault if he gets a detention!

SirChenjin Mon 02-Dec-13 12:59:30

Over the weekend DS1 (16) has decided that he's going to grow a beard. When we all fell about laughing he got quite huffy - which has made him all the more determined. He will look something like this, so I suspect he will be getting dumped soon too.

He has also spent his last remaining pound on a Hollister polo shirt which is identical to his Superdry polo shirt. I pointed out to him that he still has to get through the rest of the month AND buy his girlfriend a Christmas present. He's now looking very worried - I suspect he will suddenly offer to wash the car/rake the leaves/clean all the bathrooms. He hates doing all of these, but we know when he offers he's desperate for cash grin

DorisHerod Mon 02-Dec-13 13:55:33

Dolly I love your name. Is right funny.

DollyTwat Mon 02-Dec-13 18:24:28

Thanks Doris
My ds has managed to lose his school shoes. How is that even possible? He had a rugby tournament last week at a different school, so they might be there <sigh>

whitesugar Sun 08-Dec-13 04:51:47

I can tick every single one of the above. When I point it out to them they round on me like I am the one in the wrong. Please let this end, please let them leave soon. They are only 14 and 17 and don't seem to be leaving any time soon. Why did I not read the small print?Seriously why are there not government warnings about the dangers of having teenagers. Why don't other people tell you not to have children because they will turn into teenagers. I am wake at 4.50am to make sure DS14 doesn't choke on his own vomit because he came in so drunk. Seriously why didn't someone tell me ...

HOLLYH12 Wed 11-Dec-13 11:47:52

I am smiling from ear to ear Its not just me with the towels, hairbrushes missing socks ........... I think it makes it easier to laugh about it when other people are going through the same. Thank you for cheering me up!!

Fooso Mon 16-Dec-13 11:38:22

Just found this thread, as I was beating myself up for nagging my lovely 14 year old DS all the time! It's so good to hear that other parents are going through the same thing... the floordrobe is the bain of my life! I try to tell myself to pick my battles but I just don't get it - why don't they make their life easier by just doing it!!! grrrr

Kazmatt Wed 18-Dec-13 10:21:15

Every so often, I collect a big armful of clothes off the floor , go outside and dramatically throw the whole lot in the dustbin. That does the trick for a couple of weeks.
I once threw an armful out of Ds bedroom window at night. He had to get up , go outside and pick it up. Very satisfying. He did however leave all the doors unlocked and the lights on. Next day, when showing someone around our house ( for sale) we all had to walk past a pair of his boxers draped over a hanging basket, pretending not to notice. He was mortified when I told him. Lovely.

Fooso Wed 18-Dec-13 10:52:56

that's great Kazmatt! I've found a way to get my son to tidy his room - I take his I-phone when he's in the shower and hide it... he doesn't get it back until the cups are in the dishwasher and the clothes in the drawers and not the floordrobe! it's working so far

MrsBright Fri 20-Dec-13 16:01:56

DD aged 13 asked for £1 this morning to take to school for 'wearing mufti' for the last day of term.

On the way home she let slip that best friend was the only one in the class not wearing the now obligatory silly Christmas Jumper and had to pay a whole £1 instead of the normal 50p .......

'Oh really?'

Her embarrassment was glorious to watch.

youaretooyoung97 Fri 20-Dec-13 18:57:28

Being 17, my floordrobe stopped a few years back when my cats started pissing on my stuff! Prayers answered, Mum's. Get two female house cats. And with the food upstairs; we got mice... Which the cats started to kill and eat leaving the heads, bones and tails on my bedroom floor... So I stopped doing that too. But if I made a mess of anywhere in the house other than my room, my Dad would go ballistic and my mum would be so disappointed. Hate seeing my mum sad... Now I'm the most perfect little thing!

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