Monday, November 16, 2009

Why is saying No to a teenager


akin to hitting your head repeatedly against one of these?

Anyone? Anyone? Ferris?

10 comments:

Tebbs Family said...

Don't even get me started!!! It's even worse when your spouse SIDES with the teenager!!!!!

Heffalump said...

Because Teenagers have SHS (selective hearing syndrome) they only hear what they WANT to hear, and they know more than us apparently, so they never take no for an answer.

b. said...

Let me know if you ever get that answer.

Jo said...

You make me soooo glad I have no more teenagers! Lost my last one on Friday. Well, I guess Little Man will be a teenager next year, but not a "regular" one, once more he will be doing things his way.
I can reassure you that teenager time is a pretty short time and by the time they are somewhere in their 20's you will like them again!

Emma J said...

But there's got to be a way that we just gotta say NO and they're the ones left head-banging, right?

So lately I only answer once. And when they ask again, "What did I say?" in the mildest of mild - which is incredibly irritating to them.

(Probably they will have to discuss this with therapists at a later date - but that'll be on their own dime . . . )

Emma J said...

My daughter corrects me. What I say is, "I answered that already." The other WOULD in fact be even more irritating. This answer is just sufficiently so.

Mrs. Organic said...

Emma - Maybe that is what I can't take is their head banging. So let me rephrase - Why is it that a teen cannot accept NO and is bent on changing our minds.

Elizabeth-W said...

Mine are little. But I start whistling when I've answered the question, provided as much rationale as I'm willing to give.
Emma J, as a therapist, I tell people to answer only once, and clearly. :)
See? You've just saved them a ton of $$$$.

Kristina P. said...

So, I thought you were going to be at Sue's lunch today! I was so looking forward to meeting you!

Kimberly said...

Heck, I'm having enough trouble with my five year old, nevermind a teenager...oi...