11 ‘Bad Moms’ Confess: Parenting a Teen is the WORST!

11 ‘Bad Moms’ Confess: Parenting a Teen is the WORST!

Are you ready to survive the dreaded teen eye roll and other annoyances?


By Wendy Robinson

When I married my husband, I became a stepmom to two wonderful boys, ages 10 and 13. Now, I have to make this perfectly clear: I love, genuinely love, my stepsons (who are now all grown up at ages 24 and 21), but man oh man, their teen years were SO HARD. They were basically good kids, but even good kids can be moody, dramatic, frustrating, and challenging when they are going through all the hormone shifts and social drama of the middle and high school years.

The best thing about the teen years is that they don’t last forever. They have a built-in end point that you just have to survive long enough to see. If you are in the throes of the teen years or are just living in fear of them coming, I strongly suggest you find strength in numbers and remember that even amazing moms like the ones below sometimes wish they could send their teens to a desert island.

1. “As a mom to a 14-year-old and 12-year-old, the hormonal irrational thinking will be the death of me. And the lack of talking to me -- my girls used to talk to me about all sorts of things. Not anymore. Now, I have to dig and be sneaky.” -- Beth W.

2. “My husband and I have two different experiences and very different opinions on the issue of sex and waiting versus non-waiting. Talking to my teen about that is my biggest fear.” -- Katie S.

3. “My 17-year-old son is currently grounded, and you know why? His stupid, foolish, risk-taking self was caught with his friends doing something they call ‘car surfing.’ This is when one idiot drives the car while another idiot tries to hang onto the roof for as long as they can while driving down a dirt road. Yes. Really. I think I lost 10 years from my life when the police officer dropped him off at our house.” -- Janet R.

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4. “I am 100 percent unashamed to admit that I snoop in my 15-year-old daughter’s phone. I paid for the phone, I pay for those texts, and I’ll be damned if she is sending anything inappropriate on my dime.” -- Arlo H.

5. “My son came out to us when he was 17 years old. It wasn’t a big surprise but it was still a big moment. I’m kind of embarrassed to admit that one of my feelings about it was that I’m kind of relieved I don’t have to worry about him getting anyone pregnant while still in high school. Whew.” -- Laurie N.

6. “As a mom, I was not prepared for how I would respond to finding the words ‘big boobs’ in the browser history of the family laptop after a certain 13-year-old was supposed to be working on his homework. That computer is never going in his room again!” -- Stassi F.

7. “Teenagers are THE WORST for one reason: the eye rolling. I say something to my 14-year-old daughter, and she sighs, rolls her eyes, and makes this face like, ‘ugh, I can’t believe I have to live with someone so stupid.’ It makes me crazy.” -- Melissa H.

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8. “I think one of the hardest parts of parenting my teenage daughter is trying to help her figure out how to deal with all the appearance stuff. I’m shocked at how sexy some of her friends dress, and I keep tight reins on what she wears, but I know how hard it is to want to fit in by dressing like your friends. But, dang it, I refuse to let pants with writing on the butt cover the rear end that I used to diaper.” -- Mara V.

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9. “It is weird that my 15-year-old both makes totally stupid decisions and is doing crazy hard, high level math and science stuff in school. So smart but so dumb at the same time.” -- Diane E.

10. “I’m doing OK with the teen stuff, but my husband is really struggling with the fact that his daughter is kind of a babe and gets a lot of attention from boys, especially her older brother’s friends. If convents were still an option, I’m sure he’d be researching them now.” -- Beth M.

11. “I read that the Obamas had to let the Secret Service teach their daughter how to drive, because they thought it wasn’t safe for the president to be in the car with a new driver. I wish I was the president.” -- Jillian J.

As for me, I’ll enjoy the six years I have left before our next child enters the teen years.

What’s your worst teen parenting horror story?


Wendy Robinson is a writer, working mom, and graduate student. Someday she'd like to sleep in again. She also blogs at www.athleticmonkey.com and is on Twitter as @wendyrmonkey.

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