Pre-teenagers!!!

  1. To all of you mom's and dad's who have had pre-teenages/teenagers. When did your children start acting like a typical teenager? Such as not helping around the house, tornado hit room, the mouth and attitude, I could go on and on but I think you get my drift.
    Also - do you have any advise? I'm a single mom and he really drives me crazy sometimes!!!!!
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  3. by   CSLee3
    Poor girl..........my two teens started acting like teens around 14 or so. Man do they try your patience. Your skin will be like an alligator soon! Just always know where they are and what they are doing if possible.
    Good luck with the kidos........
  4. by   Deb123j
    He's really not a bad kid, but sometimes I want to ship him off to military school!!! :angryfire He's almost 13 by the way.He also has asthma - and I think we're now getting into the ahhmmm fake asthma attacks to get out of things - although of course he won't admit to it. For about 3 weeks in May he was either coming home from school before lunch time or not going in at all due to wheezing. Which was really weird because he didn't miss any days the previous year. When I "make" him go for a walk with me and my b/f he suddenly gets an asthma attack! Good grief - he must think I'm totally stupid!!!
    But sometimes he's awefully cute and sweet - just not as much as he used to be!
  5. by   alexillytom
    This is what I have to look forward too.
    Man, the fake asthma attacks were something my son started trying two years ago. He was only eight at the time. If he came home because he had an asthma attack, I would take away the tv, video games, and any other stimulation besides books. When he realized that coming home didn't mean he was going to have fun, he stopped faking.

    He missed maybe 6.5 days of school last yeardue to valid asthma attacks, down from about 14 the year before.
    Last edit by alexillytom on Jul 13, '04
  6. by   Deb123j
    It's funny when I told my son he wasn't coming home no matter what - then the "bad" attacks stopped. He would still do a treatment at school - but managed to stay there.

    He has now developed this deep chest cough (which he's never had before with an asthma attack) which then causes him to start wheezing. But it's not like it's a "real" cough - he'll just start coughing and then keep it going until he starts wheezing. I dunno - it all kinda started when I went back to school this past spring. I've tried to talk to him about it (missing me and all) and his response with my new summer schedule was, "you're still coming home late on Monday nights aren't you?" (Monday night is the only night he's totally by himself, my mom comes over the other days that I'm at school and my second job.) Kids - just gotta love 'em.
    My church is having a parenting teenagers class next month, I think I'm going to go to it and see if they have any tips.
    He's so funny though - he sees me studying a lot and says frequently, "you study too much!" I just laugh at him and tell him he never studies enough! :chuckle
  7. by   karenG
    dont you just love 'em?

    my sons are 17 and 13............ the 17 yr old has discovered the power of speech again and is now communicating in words as opposed to grunts!! the 13yr old is losing his speech and decending into grunting! Their bedrooms resemble pits at this stage and as girls come into their lives they seem to rediscover soap!!

    I have decided the only way to deal with this is to ignore their rooms during the week. we have saturday inspection. anything on the floor at inspection time is put in a bag and binned! simple. clothes must be placed in the laundary bin or no clean clothes- I have better things to do than search for dirty socks! they change their own beds and put away their own laundary. so if its wrinkled - its not my fault!!

    Karen
  8. by   Euskadi1946
    Quote from Deb123j
    To all of you mom's and dad's who have had pre-teenages/teenagers. When did your children start acting like a typical teenager? Such as not helping around the house, tornado hit room, the mouth and attitude, I could go on and on but I think you get my drift.
    Also - do you have any advise? I'm a single mom and he really drives me crazy sometimes!!!!!
    I have a 17 yr old daughter....OMG I thought I would kill her when she turned 13...between 13-15 the girls are real pains. Guess it's because they are just starting puberty and they have all those raging hormones and are soooo mooody!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  9. by   alk3rainbow
    I turned into an absolute terror at 13...horribly horribly bad attitude. Honestly I wonder how my parents were able to deal with me looking back. My brothers weren't half as bad as me growing up, I think girls are harder when they are teenagers in terms of attitude. Eventually the phase ends though and we revert back to our normal lovely selves...the phase could last a few years, but it does end eventually.
  10. by   leslie :-D
    Quote from alk3rainbow
    Eventually the phase ends though and we revert back to our normal lovely selves...the phase could last a few years, but it does end eventually.
    yah, i was 33 when it ended.
  11. by   sabrn2006
    I have a 13 y/o ds and an 11 y/o dd. My kids are both about mid-puberty physically. Yay, what fun. My dd, in particular has been very obnoxious lately. I would say she got worse around the time she turned 11. I also work with kids and adolescents currently. I have to say that the rude and cocky behavior peaks around the 6th to 9th grade. After that, they - sometimes at least - seem to get better. I hope my kids can follow this pattern. Before I kill them both! :chuckle
  12. by   SugarMagnolia
    It is for reasons such as the above mentioned that some species eat their young.:chuckle Pam
  13. by   Chaya
    Yeah, a teen in the house is the best argument I can think of for gun control-too tempting!
  14. by   MrsWampthang
    Quote from earle58
    yah, i was 33 when it ended.

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