Parenting teenagers is bizarre. One minute they’re smiling, sweet, and pleasant, the next they’re mad and upset. It’s an emotional roller coaster. The only visual I can give you is this: take both of your hands and hold them out straight in front of you. With one hand signal “come closer” and with the other signal “stop.” That’s what it’s like: come closer, I need you. Stop, don’t help me, I don’t need you. All at the same time.
These are my 7 quickest ways to get a teen to leave the room and it seems I’m doing quite well with my lucky 7. It’s not that I’m trying to get my teens to leave the room but that’s what happens. Sometimes I can’t help myself with this list. I don’t want to do it but I’ve got a lot on my mind (remember Internet Girl?) and I forget easily.
7 Quick Ways to Get a Teen to Leave the Room
- Ask about who they like.
- Ask what they have for homework and then a few minutes later ask for a second time. (Honestly, I shouldn’t get in trouble for this but sometimes it only takes a second or two and then I’ve forgotten!)
- Ask if they need helping speaking with a teacher, counselor or principal.
- Ask if they need help with their homework.
- Ask if they’re done with their chores or perhaps how their to-do list is coming along.
- Ask if they’re done practicing their piano (insert your musical instrument of choice here) for the day.
- Ask about any sort of bodily functions.
Need any other ways to drive a teen out of the room? One sure-fire method is to tune the radio to your station, and sing. Or, sing along to their songs when the music is on their station. Another one with staying power is telling them about your day and what you’ve accomplished. That generally comes with the glassy-eyed-feigned- interest look that I’ve come to love. Well, at least they seem interested!
I’m sure I’ve overlooked a few ways or maybe you’d like to add one or two below.
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Piano Lessons – they’re an indulgence at our house – time and money