Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Teenage Translations

For those of you with teenagers, you may experience conversations that make about as much sense as one between a Croatian immigrant and an unhatched osprey.

The important thing to remember is that teenagers rarely mean what they say. They are, unfortunately, too timid and selfish to express themselves openly. For instance:

"I hate you!"
What they really mean: I love you, but you are frustrating my every effort to make bad choices for myself.

'You have ruined my life!"
What they really mean: I'm afraid I'm going to lose all my friends if I don't do exactly what they want.

"Whatever..."
What they really mean: You are correct of course Mom and Dad, but I'm too stubborn to to admit it.

"Can I have some money?"
What they really mean: Can I have some money?

9 comments:

ChocDrop said...

You have hit the nail on the head with your translations...Hell my oldest, 21yrs still uses those words....lol

Sandi said...

My 12 year old is really starting on this and I've realized I am going to hate having teenagers. :(

Brandy said...

100% correct

I'd like to add - "I thought I did" which means I thought about doing/saying it but never got around to it, and only now because you asked does it seem important."

Daddy Geek Boy said...

I have a three year old, so all I hear is "NO!"

dadshouse said...

My teen daughter told me if she says "you can come" to an event, that means I shouldn't come. If she wants me to come to an event, she'll say "you don't have to come". Or something like that. I'm sure I already screwed it up.

Shelle-BlokThoughts said...

I don't have a teenager yet. But since I'm still so young, I still am to immature to tell my parents what I really think, even though I'm married and have two rugrats of my own.

Can't wait until I grow out of THIS stage! lol!

Homer and Queen said...

Oh you are so right on!!! It's the look in their eyes while they are rolling them, that really gets ya!

Petra a.k.a The Wise (*Young*) Mommy said...

haha, those are right on. I will put this aside for future reference...

Not a soccer mom said...

so true- and they seem to have alzheimers all the time..
'you never said that!';
'I never said that!' ;
'I didnt hear you say what time you wanted me home.'
'I didnt do it.'
'I have never seen that before in my life!'
ahhh teenager-speak

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