Dad: Put your iPod and phone away at the table.
Teenager: Theres no response because our teenager has ear phones in and cant hear. He looks up when he feels us looking at him, smiles and goes right back to texting his friend he was just with 30 minutes ago. So my husband tried again in a much louder voice.
Dad: I said, put your iPod and phone away. If I have to ask you one more time, were taking it away.
As he pulls his earphones out, our newly minted teenager gives us that, I am so moving out when I turn 18 look and goes on to lose his both devices anyway because of that little look. Some kids just have to learn the hard way that WE (parents) have every right to take away anything WE paid for if the owner (teenager) is acting like an ungrateful little twit.
The personality difference between girls and boys is even clearer in this teen stage. While my friends are taking their daughters to get pedicures or see the latest Nicholas Sparks movie, I struggle to get a response outside of huh, nuh uh or I dont know from my teen.
There will come a day when we will all laugh at the fun stuff our teens put us through. For now its just easier to recognize that teenager is that dreadful stage in life thats responsible for causing/giving parents premature gray hair, ulcers, weight gain, acne, and in some extreme cases, mental disorders. And the reason we do all this? So one day we can say to our child what our parents said to us long ago I hope you have a child just like you!