The ups and downs of living with a teen

Why do kids do it?

It does not matter how young or how old your child is, they all seem to have this amazing ability to find anything and everything to talk about at bedtime.  It just seems to come from nowhere.

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Doesn’t just happen at bedtime

My daughter can come home from school and the only things she will happily say is hi, I am hungry, what’s for dinner?, can I have?. I ask her about her day and I get it was ok, or the more annoying I don’t know.  That one drives me up the wall, I mean how can you not know how your day was, you have just lived it.

So last night, I went into her bedroom to ask her to start getting ready for bed and I was just going for a shower, she decides that we have to chat, she was talking about all sorts of things.  Don’t get me wrong I love our chats and she is so funny at times with what she says and the way she says things.  But 15 minutes later I am still standing in her doorway with her chatting away, I refused to go and sit down or we would have been there for ages.

Then after my shower, I went in to say goodnight, yes I still have to do that now, for me more than her these days. She starts up again.  Where do they get these spurts of I do not want to talk to you all day, but now it is bedtime, I just have to talk to you about everything come from.

Then, one of the boys messages me and I end up phoning him at 10.30pm, trying to sort out  some drama that has happened, so was on the phone to him for ages talking to .

Then I am wide awake, and have to start talking to my husband, so they have both passed it onto me, the ability to chat away at bedtime.

So for those of you with younger children, who also have this mad idea that bedtime means talking time and they chat away about all sorts of stuff, even stuff that happen a year or so ago.  They do not grow out of it.

 

 

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  1. I swear my 15 year old read a book on distraction techniques as she can always manage to stay up later on a school night, get me to change my mind about letting her go to parties or have sleepovers and if I’m about to give her a telling off she always manages to distract me with conversation about something else.

    1. There must be a secret lesson they are taught from an early age, my daughter has managed to let me agree to a sleepover for her birthday. It is amazing how they can manipulate a conversation x

  2. I didn’t personally do this. I would say “I don’t know” or “Okay” when my parents asked me how my day was, but I wouldn’t compensate fo rit at bedtime. It’s understandable you feel a bit annoyed at this, but it’s good that she’s willing ot share with you.

    1. Oh I am not annoyed by it, totally the opposite, I love our chats. It is just timings she has always been the same since she was little, the boys were the same as well

    1. It isn’t too bad, conversations now are so different to when she was little, where she would suddenly pick something that I had said or we had done a year ago. I do love our chats anyway and she has a wicked sense of humour

    1. Bless her, she is good, sorry Tori but it gets worse my daughter is a Pro at it now, it is amazing how she can change subjects or delay something and can easily get me off track of what I was saying if she picks her moment well.

    1. Oh no my husband would kill me if I did that, although as soon as he woke up this morning I was chatting away about anything and everything, until he told me to shut up x

  3. Ohh, yes I can totally relate to this post! My two are masters at bedtime distraction techniques! There’s always some random question to answer as soon as it’s bedtime too…

    1. I know I love the conversations but a lot of the time they are at the wrong times, and then I feel mean cutting it short so often let her ramble on x

    1. I miss the bedtime stories, used to love that time of day, although we sometimes made up different stories so maybe that is where she got her ability to want to talk at bedtime x

  4. I think my cats know when it is bedtime, they have had their nap and it is now time to do three laps of the bedroom, create some chaos and fight just as my eyes close… them boom wide awake…

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