So what do you do asΒ  parent when your teenage son says this? Well today as I walked in to the house after school my son had not even said “Hi dad” when he went in to a calm, but aggressive talk with me about “gym strips” and his brother!

I walk in and he starts going on about his shorts that are missing in a sort of calm fashion, but as the conversation went on I had discovered that Logen had gone and locked himself in the washroom as to get away from Ryley! Ryley has misplaced or lost one pair of his shorts and because he couldn’t find them he automatically started going after Logen as Logen must taken them and used them for his own gym strip.

Now those of you that have teens will know how devastatingly tragic this can be….

So after talking to both (maybe I had to raise my voice an octave or 10, because they kept trying to talk over me and each other at the same time) This is what I had gathered from the conversation!

  • Ryley couldn’t find his shorts in the morning, so he automatically went to Logen and asked him “nicely” (turns out agressively) if Logen has used his shirts? Logen says “no”.
  • Ryley then says to Logen “bring your gym strip home so I can see” at this point Logen being irritated said “no”.
  • Ryley then says “bring it home or I will have mom and dad go through your backpack”.
  • Logen at this point ignores Ryley till the end of the day and they get home.
  • Ryley still reeling from not finding his shorts apparently starts having words with Logen.
  • Logen locks himself in the bathroom until I return home to get away from Ryley.
  • Ryley talks to me and makes himself look like a frigging angel, till I call Logen down and we start having our talk to figure out what happened.

Teens will drive you MAD!!!!

  • So this is how it looks in my eyes….
  • Ryley got pissy because he couldn’t find his shorts.
  • Logen was easy to blame, so he got blamed by Ryley.
  • Ryley didn’t want to take responsibility of his own things and blamed Logen.
  • Logen wasn’t having any of it and walked away.

And this is when I walk in and had to listen to this for close to a half hour when I finally got fed up and told them both to “SHUT IT” and yes I yelled! I literally could not handle the raised voice over raised voice as they tried to talk over me and each other anymore and that’s when I heard Ryley say “OH MY GOD I HATE MY LIFE”!

All that went through my mind is “really? over a pair of smelly gym shorts you hate your life?”. Now I do remember what it was like to be a teen and maybe my memory has blocked the dumb things I had said (most probably), but I don’t ever remember having a meltdown over trivial things like shorts? It was said with so much conviction I was literally waiting for him to drop to the floor and kick and scream like he did when he was 2. In the end I had told them both that it was a really dumb fight to have! had either one of them told me a week ago (just so happens they knew this problem a week ago) I wouldn’t have had to come home and deal with screaming kids for 45 minutes over a pair of $20 shorts! Spider-man says it best for me!


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Oh teenagers…they are a gem…said no parent…EVER! And if there is someone who has said that…THEY’RE LYING! πŸ˜€ Great use of the F bomb by the way…I am proud of you!


Hahaha OH LORD. Teenagers. I suppose if I can have a meltdown over the frozen bread being stuck together so I can’t toast it, shorts can have their moment. But I had my meltdown as a very sleep deprived hormonal mother. Hmmmn. Maybe there are similarities to teenagers! Uh oh. Lucy@bottlefor2


I have no idea I’m sorry. I don’t have a teenager yet, but your post has brought back memories of when I was a complaining teenager. I was a bitch teen and everything sucked back then.

Just breathe and ignore. That’s my mantra if kids are pissing me off. It seems to work πŸ™‚ #effitfriday

Becky, Cuddle Fairy

Great rant! We don’t have teenagers yet (my oldest is 8) – it’s all ahead of me! πŸ™‚


Oh I’ve got all this to come! My mother always said teens were like toddlers, just not so cute and more articulate in their shoutiness (sometimes)! Loving the Spider-Man quote. #effitfriday


On I’ve got all this to come! My mother said that teenagers are like toddlers, just not so cute and more articulate in their shoutiness (sometimes)! Loving the Spider-Man quote. #effitfriday

Kirsten Toyne

I am a few years away as yet from this. Got it to come. I think it is hard as a parent to hear them saying ‘I hate my life’ or something similar when we know how much they have. I guess we need to see behind the words, where it really is something like ‘I am so frustrated right now’ #momsterlink

The L's Mum

Oh no I really am dreading the teen years. We have a long way to go with my two year old but only a few years with my step son. Really not looking forward to it. #effitfriday


Gosh! Is that what I have to look forward to?? I swear I don’t remember ever having such melt downs when I was a teenager but I can totes imagine S saying the same thing as your son! #effitfriday

Mrs Tubbs

Tubblet is 11 and this is our future! Our parents survived so hopefully we will too! Nice f-bomb, good to met a fellow cusser! #effitfriday

Absolutely Prabulous

I can honestly say I didn’t go through teenage angst like that or say that kinda stuff but admittedly growing up in a strict Indian household where you COULD NOT HAVE YOUR OWN OPINION about anything without it being seen as disrespect kind of took care of that one! I feel your pain. I’d feel my blood run cold if I heard one of my kids say that. (Although the look my just 11 yo gave me last night when I forgot to make popcorn for the movie at her bday sleepover kind of said I Hate My Life…)

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Ha ha this made me chuckle and sounds like you have a great approach to parenting. My oldest is 3 so the teens are a bit of way for me yet, I still have thrown down tantrums to contend with πŸ˜‰ I’m in denial about the teen years!

Unhinged Mummy (aka Janine Woods)

Isn’t it funny how teenagers can sometimes still act like three year olds over the most trivial of things. I have a 17 year year old, a three year old and a sixteen month old and sometimes the 17 year olds behaviour is just as challenging as the other two. Still, your postage me laugh (always funny when it’s someone else πŸ˜‰ ).

how not to

Oh dear, but at least you have recorded these moments to tell them about when they have their own. Tbh mine at 5&7 already have this kind of argument?!

3 Princesses and 1 Dude

ahhhhhh please dont let tweendom come round…2.5 years and we hit it…yet in the mist of tweendom…I am sure teens cant be as bad as the 10yo acts at the mo….I mean they grow out of it right?!?!?!?!


ps you have totally inspired a new post, thanks πŸ™‚


My darling daughter says things like this. It’s so exhausting and destroying when it happens. Kids should be enjoying life. Not saying messages of hate or thinking they can’t do things or worrying about how they look or the material possessions they have or want. She’ll be 10 in December.


Aw this is real parenting rite of passage. I think as a teen you have to feel really secure to say I hate my life.Thumbs up to you πŸ™‚


Hahah oh dear!!! As I’m now just entering life with a two year old (well, he’s 2 in a couple weeks) you’ve just made it totally clear to me that it doesn’t get better haha!! Also since I’m pregnant with our second son, my dreams of them being BFF’s have just been shattered!!!!

My Family Ties

It’s not easy raising teenagers!! My daughter has similar rants about the injustice of teenage life – sometimes it’s so infuriating it’s funny – only sometimes..! #wineandboobs


haha. teenagers are so melodramatic. its not their fault really, it’s the crazy amount of excitability neurotransmitters bouncing around their developing brains that makes it seem like every little thing is a life-altering occurrence. lol #wineandboobs


My teenage students say that and they usually get a short, “Life’s tough, eat a cookie.” Then I get them on a segue because they want me to give them a cookie and I have to explain I didn’t offer them one. By the time the conversation is done, they’ve cooled down. Since I don’t get to say I have no….spidey-senses…to give.


Oh, I don’t want to go down that rabbit hole. I was a firecracker as a teenager. I do NOT want my son following my footsteps.

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