Or, has he?
Although he is bigger
Much as I
Because, when you think about it, teens and toddlers are really kind of the same, apart from the big feet...
1. They are both good at getting you out of bed in the morning.
The toddler uses the ear piercing scream "Is it breakfast? Can I watch TV?" on repeat, which is
The teen? Teens employ a slightly different and yet equally efficient method. They simply put on deodorant (possibly this is the only time, seeing as in our house they don't wear it when I request them to), and what is worse, they put it on in clouds. Nothing is guaranteed to get a parent out of bed gasping for breath and rubbing their eyes faster than a fog of Impulse Vanilla or Lynx Apollo engulfing the air around them. Trust me. I've been there.
Yes toddlers have tantrums, this is not news. They can be because of anything from the wrong kind of cup to not getting sweets when they want. All really bonkers, trivial, ridiculous stuff.
|A classic trivial toddler tantrum|
Teens are also prone to tantrums over really trivial things such as you looking at them in the wrong way, or buying the wrong crisps for their packed lunch *sigh* (but you can at least point out how ridiculous they are being).
|A teen tantrum with added parental sarcasm|
3. Not wearing coats
Toddlers hate coats and refuse to wear them.
Teens hate coats and refuse to wear them.
No point in arguing with either, it's a waste of breath.
4. Choosing ridiculous outfits
Remember the days when your toddler insisted on wearing their pants on their head or going out in their winter scarf and gloves in the middle of summer?
There was no reasoning with them, was there?
With teens it's the same. #DenimHotpantsInDecemberFFS
5. Putting their shoes on quickly
Just as the toddler finds putting a pair of Clarks velcro closure shoes on to be almost impossible within the space of a couple of minutes of being asked, the teen also finds it equally tricky to fasten a pair of Vans up without it taking an age
6. Taking your stuff
Toddlers: "Borrow" your make-up and smear it over themselves/the walls/carpet/bed clothes.
Teens: "Borrow" your make-up and you never see it again.
Not sure which is worse.
7. Unintelligible language
Toddlers sweet ways with word pronunciation are a joy and also sometimes very funny, but it can be a job to decode what they mean at times. Some of my favourites over the years were Tickly Tackly (Tagliatelle), Gary (Gravy), Bapple (Apple), you get the idea. They are always inventing funny new words for things.
Similarly, teens develop their own language which only their kind can understand. Pied, Bae, Swag
See? A teen is just like a toddler only trapped in a bigger
If you are reading this as a parent to a toddler and thinking, 'Oh no, blog lady! Toddlers are bad enough, I don't know how you cope? I'm so unprepared for the teen years'.
Then all I'll say is this, don't worry about it, you're already pretty much there.
People say that children grow and change so quickly over the years. That you blink and you miss their childhood it goes that fast.
While that might be true some of the time, there are other things that never really change.
*bangs head on desk*