10 Simple Ways To Really Annoy Your Teen With Minimal Effort


I am learning that the teenage years are completely and utterly different when you are the parent. It’s amazing how easy it is to annoy your teen with very little effort. 


First, I would like to take this opportunity to apologize to my parents and to say that the fact they went through this SEVEN times is absolutely amazing. 

Over the years I have discovered that there are simple ways to p*ss off the teenager without even trying. From my point of view, it’s great craic but I am unsure if my teen thinks so.

While teenagers are grumpy, moody and sometimes hard to live with we might as well have a bit of fun with them, even if they don’t see the funny side…yet. #teens #teenagers #filterfreeparents

Here are 10 simple ways to really annoy your teen with minimum effort.

Say Good Morning

The teenager does not like this and thinks it is a trap.

Suggest they eat breakfast

The teenager feels or may feel (who actually knows, right?) that you are goading them into an argument and will respond with a grunt or a full sentence: “I am not 5”. Thank the teenager for using their words.

Remind them to brush teeth, hair and use deodorant 

The teenager (well, I only have boys so it could be a smelly boy thing?!) will insist that they have by rolling their eyes and tutting, once again a full sentence may escape their mouths: “I know, ahh”.

They are saying this but they don’t look like they have done anything other than get out of their pit. Start touching their hair, they will soon disappear up the stairs to do some grooming.

Remind them to place lunch in a bag 

By now you’ve really annoyed the teenager. How dare you mention food again. “I know I said, Jesus”  Remind them to call you Mum, not Jesus. This may lead to more eye rolls but at least you’ve made the 5-year-old laugh, eh?!

Wish them a good day

The teenager thinks you are mocking them. They do not respond. Smile, keeping smiling as they walk away from the door, eventually they may let out a smirk or else mutter something under their breath. Five points already and it’s not even 9am!

Ask how school was

The teenager gets defensive. Harp on about your school days and the ‘trouble’ you used to get into all while watching their face, you can spot the moment you hit the ‘mark’.

While teenagers are grumpy, moody and sometimes hard to live with we might as well have a bit of fun with them, even if they don’t see the funny side…yet. #teens #teenagers #filterfreeparents

Ask them to do a simple chore. If they sigh or tutt, ramble on about the cost of WiFi

The teenager is almost sure you are full of sh*t but they cannot and will not take the risk of no WiFi.

Wake them up early Saturday morning and Sunday morning so they can get a good start on their “I-swear-I-don’t-have any-homework” homework.

The teenager can get really annoyed by this and use some naughty words. At this point you remind them of all the early mornings they gave you and how looking back now, you appreciate them as it made you get a lot more done in your day. You insist they will feel this way too in a few short years.

Play music and sing

The teenager doesn’t appreciate your music much less your singing and may call you a name or two. That’s your cue to turn the music up and add a bit of mom moves to your singing.

Try to hold their hand while out in public

The teenager absolutely hates this but will do whatever you want in order to get you to stop.

There are so many simple ways to annoy the teenager that these few tips seem too easy to be true, but trust me they work.

While they are grumpy, moody and sometimes hard to live with we might as well have a bit of fun with them, even if they don’t see the funny side…yet.

The best bit is that they will do almost anything you ask of them in order to get you to not shout “I LOVE YOU” in public. Keep that gem for when you really, really want them to do something that they really, really don’t want to do, like tidying their bedrooms.

This was originally published on FamilyFriendlyHQ


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I am Geraldine , writer, fixer of broken toys, knees and in time, hearts. I am wife to the lucky D, mother to three little boys , Ethan, J and Dee and new mother to fur baby Lola. I have been writing all my life about everything and anything got to do with my world. I live on the west coast of Ireland, the lands of saints and scholars. In 2008 my world changed forever forcing me into a dark murky world, no parent would ever want to go but no choice was given. I write about life as a parent to a child living every day for his next one. Ethan my eldest boy, has Hunter Syndrome . I try to find humour in the darkest hours and often I succeed. I write openly and honestly about raising all my boys and what it is like to have a child with a terminal condition .


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