Of Teen and Tweenage Angst #Poem

It’s a trying time in my household at the moment, filled with hormones and demands, mood swings and laughter. I can’t go into the details, but I can definitely pen a verse to get my own angst out!

Gone are the days when a parent
Simply battled with the Teens
These days we have a new breed
Calling themselves the Tweens!

Now with the Teens, it’s expected
Hormones raging through
But the trouble with these Tweens
Dear God, I wish I knew

It’s like ten is the new thirteen
And thirteen’s just as bad
Parenting’s never easy
But I don’t like this Tweenage fad!

I was prepared for seven years
Of total Teenage hell
But with these Tweens, they’ve added on
Another three years as well!

They stomp around in stereo
And fight at the drop of a hat
You cannot have a conversation
It’s just all rude backchat!

And if, perchance, things happen
To not go quite their way
You’ll get the silent treatment
Though they have so much to say

It flows in images and messages
On Social Media sites
Selfies, emojis LOL’s
To put the world to rights

Right now I live in a timebomb
Of tween and teenage tricks
What on earth will happen when I
Add menopause to the mix?

Ritu 2018

68 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Love, Laughter & Truth
    Oct 12, 2018 @ 18:43:31

    Haha I love this (maybe not so much when I’m going through it myself though!).

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  2. robbiesinspiration
    Oct 09, 2018 @ 18:53:49

    This is hilarious, Ritu. Are girls worse as tweens than boys?

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  4. joey
    Oct 07, 2018 @ 20:47:07

    Hang in there πŸ™‚

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  5. Madekesiworld
    Oct 07, 2018 @ 16:32:53

    Wow! Sorry for your woes Ritu! You know, yesterday a certain lady friend was telling me about one of her two sons and she was saying exactly the same thing about the silent treatment. If he doesn’t have things his way, he just sulk and doesn’t talk to anyone. You can’t even prepare him for bed.

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  6. Ritu
    Oct 07, 2018 @ 14:03:50

    Lol! It’s the thought that counts Michael 😊

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  7. Dan Antion
    Oct 07, 2018 @ 11:59:31

    That’s funny, Ritu. So true, but funny (says the guy who’s beyond it all).

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  8. Rae Longest
    Oct 07, 2018 @ 00:24:06

    Priceless post! My friend has a daughter who just turned ten, and the mother gave her a “Double Digits” BD party. Our preacher once told us that something happens to little girls when they turn ten. At that point they know “everything in the world” and” hold all parental opinions in total contempt.”

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  9. OIKOSβ„’-Redaktion
    Oct 06, 2018 @ 23:37:56

    Well written! Now you are able to relax at work. πŸ˜‰

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  10. sarah9188
    Oct 06, 2018 @ 19:45:33

    I think if you asked my mom at what age I was the biggest pain in the butt, she’d probably say the 11-13 range was the toughest. I’m a little hazy on all the details, but I’m pretty sure we fought ALL THE TIME and I was convinced that she was the crazy one. Now as a 30 year old and realizing how smart she is, I’m pretty sure that it was probably me. XD But hold on to the hope that when they’re grown, they’ll finally see that their mom is actually pretty cool. Hang on until then though! πŸ˜‰

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  11. dornahainds
    Oct 06, 2018 @ 16:46:34

    Justice! And karma re-asserting herself where she properly belongs. 😎πŸ₯€

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  12. Anindya
    Oct 06, 2018 @ 08:49:06

    Well, that’s how it is, and it’s better to go with the flow, or with the pack, rather to say ? :):)…..loved the poem..

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  13. willowdot21
    Oct 06, 2018 @ 08:21:07

    OMG! Thank goodness nothing lasts forever πŸ’œπŸ’πŸ’–πŸ€—

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  14. Tessa
    Oct 06, 2018 @ 03:09:40

    Thank heaven the only time I have to deal with this is the grandchildren and they go back to their parents. I see the struggles there, but not my problem LOL!

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  15. calmkate
    Oct 05, 2018 @ 23:24:24

    lol hear the angst but the love and humour dominate so you will survive, but they will keep you on your toes.
    Remember we were like this once and have a list of easy to relax tips to keep you sane πŸ™‚

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  16. Shivangi
    Oct 05, 2018 @ 22:45:47

    HAHAHAHA… the last line made me laugh Ritu. You will smile anyway and wait for it to passπŸ˜€πŸ‘

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  17. Darlene
    Oct 05, 2018 @ 22:20:04

    Been there, done that. It gets worse before it gets better but it eventually gets better. Hang in there!! xo

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  18. sonofabeach96
    Oct 05, 2018 @ 21:44:35

    We’re right in the thick of it here too, with a 15 year old and two 13 year olds. It’s definitely interesting times. πŸ€ͺπŸ€ͺ

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  19. Annette Rochelle Aben
    Oct 05, 2018 @ 20:51:46

    I am convinced that you are gathering tremendous material for a new book about motherhood fun! ❀

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  20. geoff le pard
    Oct 05, 2018 @ 20:33:39

    oh indeed the hell is beginning…

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  21. Darnell Cureton
    Oct 05, 2018 @ 20:09:34

    Well said. My favorite part ‘ten is the new thirteen’

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  22. Erika Kind
    Oct 05, 2018 @ 20:02:10

    It is a tough time you are in and still heading towards. But once the first one passed the puberty it is all going better. I have been there three times. The third one is about to leave the difficult time and I can say, they are the proverbial butterfly after their cocoon stage. Hang in there, sis!

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  23. scr4pl80
    Oct 05, 2018 @ 20:01:17

    Ha, I don’t envy you. I had 10 years between my first and second daughters so one was totally out of the teens before the other hit the tweens. The boy in the middle was so peaceful the whole time!

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    • Ritu
      Oct 05, 2018 @ 20:02:34

      Boys and girls are so different!
      Maybe she’s going into it early, and he’s just hitting official teendom, so they might both chillout at the same time??? I’m clutching at straws!!

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  24. pensitivity101
    Oct 05, 2018 @ 19:51:34

    Had this with foster kids, but at least I could give them back! As for the menopause, I thought I’d left all that behind then they put me on post cancer meds and gave me the hot flushes back in a box!

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  25. loristory
    Oct 05, 2018 @ 19:48:33

    Haha! As the mother of two daughters (now in their 30s), I feel your pain.

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