Thursday, April 21, 2016

Teen Guide to Messing Up Spring Break

It has been a very busy week here - here is what I've learned during break with 2 teens....

Step 1
Complain loudly how you don't get to go anywhere cool for the week, ignore the fact your parents are sending you on a big trip this summer, you know one of those trip of a lifetime deals....

Step 2
Complain how you havve a large project due at the end if break that you have had a couple weeks notice on.  Be sure to refuse to work on it when reminded if the project - this should be done at full teen drama level.

Step 3 
Sleep late daily - noon is best.  Refusal to be roused is a must, even if the vacume cleaner is run your room, hunker down - it's your break afterall.

Step 4 
If you are told you must do anything before you're driven anywhere - this should be done slowly and with as much eye rolling and frustrated sighs as you can manage.  You should only do the task quickly if you could miss something that will make you miss out on something fun.

Step 5
Terrorize siblings at any cost.  They won't really take the cell phone away right?

Step 6 
Use your quiet time to create a list of things you need the parents to buy you.  Share this list and try to nail them down on when these items will be bought. Keep sharing it until you are certain parents have heard you.  Necessary clothes items should not be on this list. 

Step 7
Stay up late.  The later the better - this will help with step 3.

Step 8
If your mom us running an errand and you need to ask her something - call her cell.  If she doesn't answer right away -immediately call your dad at work to ask.  This should set off fireworks because dads love to know why moms can't fish a phone out of their purse faster.  
Never text your parents to ask a non-earth shattering important question....


8 comments:

  1. OMG! I am laughing hysterically right now! I can completely understand and feel your pain!!! Only one more weekday to go, then it's the weekend, and you can ship them back to school on Monday! And, good luck with the drama surrounding the project that is due! Just think, maybe next week is YOUR break from them? Just kidding!!

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  2. Oh yes, I remember those days. I was comforted by a statement by the psychologist Eda Leshan who said she and her daughter did not exchange a civil word between the ages os 13 and 18.

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  3. Oh yes, I remember those days. I was comforted by a statement by the psychologist Eda Leshan who said she and her daughter did not exchange a civil word between the ages os 13 and 18.

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  4. Did I somehow miss your visit to our house during spring break?

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  5. Our daughter gave us a lively time during her teenage years and I'd sometimes think I was wasting my time trying to advise her. Then one day I overheard her giving exactly the same advice over the phone to one of her girlfriends, which made it all worthwhile. She's now a gorgeous 45. Hang in there!

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  6. They do listen, believe it or not. Mine is 31 and I'm still amazed sometimes. She went out and bought herself 2 dresses (mind you she doesn't wear dresses) so I asked where she was planning to wear them. Well, I can wear one of them to that stupid shower. Ok, it wasn't a perfect response, but she has learned that she needs to dress appropriately for certain stupid occasions. That response still made me happy! haha

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