The Advantages of Teenagers

Susan M - March 24, 2007

They’re old enough that you don’t feel stupid when they beat you at videogames. Much.

No babysitters necessary. In fact, they *are* babysitters. Ha!

You can talk to them. About grown up stuff.

They can pull their own weight. Chores, jobs. Driving! (OK. This one is debatable.)

They still do silly stuff that you can laugh about later. Like nag you to buy a bucket of chicken from KFC so they can pretend they’re Buckethead.

You can hang out with them. They’ll go to shows with you.

You can actually enjoy going shopping with them! And make them do all the work.

Your mommy radar doesn’t go off every half hour. You can let them go swimming without worrying about them drowning every three minutes. (My personal paranoia.)

No more sitting through Pokemon: The Movie. (Hallelujah!)

You can watch scary movies with them and laugh at each other later for hiding behind your sweater.

When they’re not getting along, one of them will write something like this on the bulletin board.

They say funny things, like “Stu-P. Diddy.” Or instead of “I see dead people,” it’s “I see tomatoes. Just around, like regular tomatoes. They don’t know that they’re tomatoes. But they are.”

When they’re quiet for awhile, it doesn’t mean you’ll find the kitchen cupboards coated in peanut butter and flour. It means they’re all actually getting along.

…I won’t go into the disadvantages.

10 Comments »

  1. You give me hope! So much hope for the future…so…much…hope!

    Comment by Cheryl — March 24, 2007 @ 10:45 am

  2. It helps to have a mom who likes doom metal and a dad who digs Slayer.

    Comment by cj douglass — March 24, 2007 @ 3:15 pm

  3. Thanks Susan,
    I agree. I always enjoy your posts. My teenage sons are my best friends. It does help to share the same musical tastes. DH considers this our greatest parental sucess :) Lately Son #2 and I have been enjoying the late Johnny Thunder’s music.

    Comment by JA Benson — March 25, 2007 @ 9:33 am

  4. I was always worried my kids would rebel and listen to…gangster rap? Kind of hard to rebel against parents who like more extreme music than you do. I just got tickets for my boys to go see Heaven and Hell w/Megadeth. (Heaven and Hell are basically Black Sabbath w/Dio instead of Ozzy singing.)

    Comment by Susan M — March 25, 2007 @ 10:13 am

  5. I had the same thought when they were younger, but so far so good. I did have to laugh when a couple of kids in our ward who do listen to gangsta rap seriously chastised my oldest son for listening to Pink Floyd. The other kid told my son “that kind of music will make you do drugs.”

    Comment by JA Benson — March 25, 2007 @ 5:39 pm

  6. Well there is a reason it’s called acid rock. Haha.

    My daughter listens to a lot of boring popular music that I can never remember who is who because it all sounds the same (All American Rejects?), but it’s fine with me.

    Comment by Susan M — March 25, 2007 @ 6:12 pm

  7. My poor little girl listens to what her Mom listens to. Her favorite artist since babyhood has been Aretha Franklin. She went to a glamour party and was asked who her favorite singer was. Oh course “Aretha” was her response. The other girls made fun of her the rest of the party for not liking whoever-the-popular-artist-for-the-under-twelve-set-is. Your daughter might be listening to boring-whoever because of peer pressure. Rest assured, I am sure that she will return to her roots someday

    Comment by JA Benson — March 25, 2007 @ 6:38 pm

  8. Dave Mustaine is still alive?

    Comment by cj douglass — March 25, 2007 @ 6:51 pm

  9. Still alive, yes, and so is Ronnie James Dio. Megadeth is my 12 yo’s fave.

    I don’t think it’s peer pressure with my daughter—she hangs with a pretty unconventional crowd—but it might be a reaction against the metal she has to constantly put up with from her brothers. And parents.

    Comment by Susan M — March 25, 2007 @ 7:15 pm

  10. DIo is the man.

    Comment by cj douglass — March 25, 2007 @ 7:50 pm

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