OK, lets face it raising teenagers is about as stressful as you can get! It's a job were you are completely vested in the whole process. It's not a job that you can quit, call in sick or pray you get fired from. With a son its probably a quiet riot (my Son is 12 future updates on this theory later lol), but with a daughter its full throttle and an Oscar worthy performance in "DRAMA" I have 3 daughters....this makes me an expert! Typical stare down/no words necessary conversation with a daughter or should I say confrontation?
It's all in the "LOOK"
Her look -"She has no idea what I'm going through"
My look - "Does she not realize I was a teenager once too, wilder than her?"
Her look - " I Hate her" with a major eye roll!
My look - "Does she not realize I can make that eye roll a permanent condition?"
Her look - "She doesn't understand me...my self expression, my music, the way I want to dress or who I really am!
My look - "Does she NOT realize I WAS a child of the 60s,(free love era) 70s,(self expression era)80s (all about me era) and the music she prefers at the moment! She thinks SHE alone discovered Led Zeppelin and Depeche Mode! etc.
Her look - "She thinks she knows me! She has no idea who I am!"
My look - "Does she not think I went through this stage with my own parents"
Her look - "I can't wait to move out!"
My look - "I can't wait for her to move out!"
Her look - "When I get my own place, I'm going to decorate it how I want, I'm gonna get a pet rat and nobody's gonna make me get rid of it!"
My look - "When she moves out I'm gonna fumigate her old room and make it into my own private Study! No kids or pets allowed! My Sanctuary!"
Her look - "I don't know what's the matter with what I'm wearing, I think I look nice!"
My look - "Since when did my baby girl wanna dress like a HOOKER!?"
Her look - "I like wearing all black all the time"
My look - "What is she actually mourning?"
Her look - "I will never understand any of her rules as long as I live!"
My look - "She'll understand everything someday when she has kids of her own"
Her look - "I'm never gonna do this to my kids when I grow up!"
My look - "Maybe its time we discussed birth control!"
Her look - "I am so outta here! Grrrrrrrr!"
My look - "I am so outta here! Grrrrrrrr!"
Actually verbal ending to this stare down..........
Her - "I can't take this anymore, I'm going to the mall!
Mine - "Me too!!!"
Her - "Can I have some money?"
Mine - "Yeah right! Get a job! Bye"
lol..Don't get me wrong...I love my girls and I want them to be well adjusted,self reliant,independant women when they grow up and also to be true to themselves......but what I also want them to understand is that a wrong decision today can be a future regret tomorrow.
My Look - Been there, done that!.............lol