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To be pssed off with Mothers Of Teenagers telling me how great it is having toddlers

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morningpaper · 18/07/2007 13:06


: Oh you're so lucky to have two girls, they are best at this age.
(while cleaning up bits of pasty from the floor):
: I've got teenagers, and I only hear from them once a day!
: (crawling under pram to retrieve ripped up tissue) Sounds perfect
: (Going all serious and slightly affronted) No really, you don't know how lucky you are.


this kind of thing REALLY REALLY annoys me

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agalch · 18/07/2007 13:09

lol,i have a baby and 3 yr old,a pre teen and a fully fledged teen and tbh there are pros and cons at every age.

At least i dont have to cut up ds1's food anymore tho!!

morningpaper · 18/07/2007 13:11

I wanted to shout


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bobsyouruncle · 18/07/2007 13:12

Oh that bugs me too, "they're so easy when they're small, wait until they're teenagers". Grrrrrr

shergar · 18/07/2007 13:13

YANBU. Irritates me no end too - the soundtrack my entire day is whining and screaming as DD (4) and DS (2) fight non-stop, and all I ever get from my neighbour is how magical and wonderful this stage is, and how miserable her teenage sons are. I feel like asking her to swop homes for a day (with the added bonus that I could also then benefit from their new home cinema while the teenagers sulked in their rooms - my neighbour, by contrast, could referee the Battle of the Last Banana and see just how much joy and wonder is involved).

RGPargy · 18/07/2007 13:14

hahahahaha @ morningpaper!!!

YABU!!! I have a teenage son and i tell you, he is much harder work than a toddler!! I get grunts and attitude, laziness, lack of willing to find a bloomin' job, eating everything in sight, stealing money from the change tin, etc etc etc.

morningpaper · 18/07/2007 13:14

The other day at the park I had been pushing the farking swing for about ten hours and someone came up to me and said "Aaah they are so lovely, mine are all big now, doesn't childhood go by quickly?"

And I said "Yes, thank God"

And she did that affronted look

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morningpaper · 18/07/2007 13:15

I really wish mine would occasionally go and sulk in their rooms for an afternoon

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mamijacacalys · 18/07/2007 13:16

LOL at this thread
(BTW DS is 4 and DD is 1)

compo · 18/07/2007 13:17

you can ignore teenagers but you can't ignore toddlers
if a teenager nicks from the change tin then don't have a change tin
if a toddler whines a hundred times a day there is no solution...

RGPargy · 18/07/2007 13:20

Volume on the TV, compo?

compo · 18/07/2007 13:21

yes, he is currently watching beebies and moaning at Big Cook Little Cook!

mumblechum · 18/07/2007 13:22

Hmm, I suspect we all have a touch of rose tinted glasses when our kids are getting older.

My ds is 12 and not too bad compared to many, but I do sometimes think wistfully of the days when you could distract them with a sweetie or a promise of teletubbies.

The reality was that it was farking hard work and he was a little sod at times.

Tortington · 18/07/2007 13:23

well as you know i have three teenagers. I think small children are really rubbish. if thats a comfort.

I also think that when kids reach the age of 6 to about 11 its absolutley golden. Thats quite a statement coming from me.

Howdydoody · 18/07/2007 13:24

It's that patronising half laugh of "Ha-ha, you just wait till they're teenagers, then you'll know how hard it is"
Thanks, as i am woken up for the 5th time in one night by LO asking for a drink, that really makes me feel better

SJLTM · 18/07/2007 13:24

LOVE this thread !!
I have 5 ranging from 21 down to 3, so I can see everyones point !

NeverTickleASleepingSoupDragon · 18/07/2007 13:25

I am so looking forward to when never-shut-up DS1 (8) turns into a monosyllabic teen.

Tortington · 18/07/2007 13:26

teens are great - so underated IMO

MadMumsy · 18/07/2007 13:30

This is a brilliant topic of conversation. I love the children being older - the third was a complete nightmare for the first three years of her life - did nothing but scream continually. She wouldn't let me do anything without her being on my hip. It is great now - she has just passed her driving test and she takes me out (I can have a drink) and then comes to pick me up!!!! It's wonderful. The older two were lovely as babies though so I can also see both sides of the coin!!! You lot do make me laugh though!!!

morningpaper · 18/07/2007 13:32

My babies have been awful

I have had five years of getting up on average I suppose 5 times a night

I last woke up in the same bed as DH (and no one else) in 2002

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UnquietDad · 18/07/2007 13:33

Ours are bouncy early risers.

I'm so looking forward to them wanting to hide under their duvets until 12 noon on a Saturday morning and not be capable of anything more than a grunt. Because that's what I want to do, frankly! Can't wait!

Malfoynomore · 18/07/2007 13:33

lol at this thread...I cna also really not stand it, saying that, of course I have no Teenagers yet (es is 11 thoug, so, shan't be to lomg) but right now, i really apreciate that he is the age he is, unlike his younger 2 brothers who are almsot 3 and 4 1/2 years old....because theya re a nightmare (alhtough, things slowly start tto improve) but yes, I have also been told that, oh wait till they Teenagers line etc...and it really does annoy me....te way I see it, is that every age/stage has it's positives and negatives, but a lot depends on the child anyway....
Custardo, brilliant to see a happy Teenager mum....

MadMumsy · 18/07/2007 13:37

OK we all have off days but I always think that I am so lucky - I know of several people that would love children and can't have them. I neighbour has just had to have a termination at five months because of problems - my children are the best and I am very lucky!!

bozza · 18/07/2007 13:40

My DD's friend is a sulker. I think it is great. She goes off and turns her face into the corner and puts her thumb in her mouth. DD OTOH carefully decided which direction I am likely to want to move in next, lays down on the floor with her backside in the air and the starts crying noisily.

They are both 3 btw.

dragonstitcher · 18/07/2007 13:41

Sorry, but I was thinking just the other day how much easier my teenagers were when they were toddlers. (ducks for cover)

Kathyis6incheshigh · 18/07/2007 13:43

YANBU at all. No time to post more as have to dash to corner shop (toddler is at nursery) for more milk. If I only had a teenager I could simply send him/her.

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