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To ask which are more trouble - toddlers or teens

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ProudAS Tue 11-Mar-14 12:22:51

I'm not a parent myself but I am curious

singaporefling Sat 15-Mar-14 18:40:32

Without a doubt TEENS.... Toddlerdom/tiredness is all very hard work, but at least you know where they are/what they're doing/their 'problems' are usually smaller/cheaper/easier to sort out... Teens OTOH... More demanding in emotionally challenging/draining ways, some of their issues/problems/demands can be much much more expensive/costly in terms of time/money/peace of mind.... Wouldn't/couldn't be without them of course and they bring much joy/entertainment, but with 3DC's/2SDC's now from 15 to 30, there will be some measure of relief/achievement at seeing them all safely into productive happy healthy adulthood... And we're actually at the GC stage now (aged 4 and 2) so we're back at toddlerdom but get to hand them back after sleepovers grin. I didn't have ANY idea of this before having babies/toddlers/teens/gc, it doesn't seem to matter what you're told, it doesn't mean much until you're in it...

BrawToken Sat 15-Mar-14 18:47:52

It depends entirely on the child I suspect, my teen is a 16 and worrying (the usual, parties, drinking, boys) and wonderful (loves helping with small child, housework, doing well enough at school and has a p.t. job) in equal measure and she was a lovely toddler. My 5 year old was a dream toddler but who knows what she will be like...
Teenagers are born incrementally so you don't just wake up with a teenager. I have found each prior step prepares a parent for the next!

GertyD Sat 15-Mar-14 18:54:19

They are both pretty bad/amazing in their own ways. At least you can go to the pub and leave the teen unsupervised for a bit grin

Fecklessdizzy Sat 15-Mar-14 19:36:13

Oooh, give me teens any day! grin They can be left for the evening, they can make their own lunch, they can explain exactly why they are pissed off with the world, they can be bribed to perform useful household tasks ( I need never clean out the gutters again - joy unconfined! ) Their mates recommend good books for you to read ( Scott Lynch - Fab! ) They get things off high shelves in the supermarket, they mostly put themselves to bed, they organise their own social lives ( goodbye play date hell ... ) They are better at crossing the road, they never want to be carried on long walks, you can do your own surfing and not splosh around behind them making sure they don't drown, I could go on and on and on!

In fact I just did!

BlackeyedSusan Sat 15-Mar-14 19:39:50

teens. toddlers can be put into time out or carried out of whereever kicking and screaming. I am waiting to see if mine turn out better as teens.

CustardOmlet Sat 15-Mar-14 19:40:03

My toddler has headbutt me twice today and screamed on/off for 3hrs, I'm hoping for an improvement in the teenage years (although I get the feeling he will cause me a lot of worry!)

ConfusedDotty Sat 15-Mar-14 19:41:23

Teens and even worse in their 20s

Thegingerpig Sat 15-Mar-14 20:15:15

Fecklessdizzy you have given me some light at the end of the tunnel after an exhausting day with 2 toddlers!

MammaTJ Sat 15-Mar-14 20:22:16

Toddlers Teens

You know where they are You have no clue where they are

They wake you at night You stay awake at night wondering if
if they need you. they might need you.

You drive carefully to keep They drive themselves or get into other
them safe. teens cars and goodness knows what
could happen.


MammaTJ Sat 15-Mar-14 20:23:18

Should have done preview! That looked better before I posted.

ArmchairDetective Sat 15-Mar-14 20:26:08

My mum always knew where I was when I was a teenager. At home doing my homework usually.

FrancesNiadova Sat 15-Mar-14 20:37:54

Teens. You can contain a toddler's mess in a small area & win them round with shockingly shallow bribery/rewards. Teens have an apathy to EVERYTHING, that I envy, they mess up your home and your mind

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