6 Ways Your Teenager Is Just Like A Large Toddler
By Tyler Jacobson
Why is it that having a teenager is like having a toddler all over again? It has been years since those first difficult steps of development took place, and yet here you are feeling as though you’re starting all over. You seem to have to deal with every unpleasant experience associated with a three year old, all in the much larger package of your teen.
Here are six ways your teenager is just like an over-sized toddler:
ONE | They are always on the verge of meltdown.
You shouldn’t be scared of your child, but sometimes you can’t help it. Not because they are dangerous, but because they are so dang emotional. The tiniest upset can lead to an utter meltdown, caused by a lack of development in emotional control and the ability to calculate the risk of reckless behavior.
TWO | They either never sleep, or always sleep.
You have lost track of the times you have gotten up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom and found your teen on their phone. But during the day on weekends or over the summer they seem to be asleep until the sun is nearly down. Are you raising a vampire? Can’t they just sleep normally?
THREE | They can’t seem to stop eating.
No matter how often you fill up the fridge and cabinets they seem to be empty. Whole bags of chips, entire bowls of fruit, frozen pizzas, pasta, burgers, sandwich fixings, veggie trays…doesn’t matter what it is, it is gone almost as soon as it is there. It is incredible to imagine where they put all that food and stay so small.
FOUR | They love telling you ‘no’.
When your kid was two and started saying ‘no’ to everything, it was kind of cute. It’s much less fun when they are fifteen. This is a normal part of pushing boundaries as they prepare to step into the enticing world of being an adult. But that doesn’t make it any less infuriating when you have to fight about every chore and demand.
FIVE | They always want expensive toys.
Smartphones, video games, a car, a laptop for school…having a kid was always expensive, but never like this. There may feel like no escape in a world where these items just make like so much more convenient. Thankfully, they are getting to an age where they can get a job to help out.
SIX | They love to make messes.
The last time you ventured into your teenager’s bedroom you found a hot dog from last Memorial Day, something that might have been a sock once, and what you really hope is just their missing pet hamster and not a rat. Time to get on the hazmat suit…or maybe move.
Raising teens is hard, but don’t worry! You’ve survived toddler-hood at least once before, you’ll get through it now that they are just a bigger version. And it won’t be long before they are off to college.
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