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13 Things Every Mom of A Teenage Girl Knows Are True

13 Things Every Mom of A Teenage Girl Knows Are True

The transformation from child to teenager can be pretty drastic – when did she start wearing makeup and being cooler than you? Moms know better than most what is it like raising a teenager daughter; check out 13 funny things every mom of a teenage girl knows are true.

1. If Her Bedroom Door Is Shut, It Stays Shut

Once upon a time the whole family would gather together in the evenings to eat dinner, do homework and watch TV. Now your daughter is a teenager, and she only wants to hang out in her room — preferably with the door shut and no one else in there.

Initially you missed your daughter, but now you respect her privacy, and she knows if she needs her family she only has to open her door.

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2. She Seems To Have Her Own Language

She uses words that you have never heard of, such as YOLO, FML, and LOL. If you ever question her on these words she will tell you that of course you don’t understand – you’re too old and uncool. Most of the time you understand her, but you find it baffling that ‘sick’ now means something good. And why does she keep saying ‘hashtag?!’

3. Teenage Girls Talk To Their Friends 24/7

Texting, Facebook, Skype, Whatsapp, Snapchat; your teenager daughter seems to talk to her friends nearly every minute of the day. If only it was that easy to get her to talk to you!

4. She Spends More Time In The Bathroom Than Anyone Else

She now spends more time in the bathroom than the rest of your family put together. She shaves her legs and wears make-up – normally yours – and it takes her about an hour to get ready for school every day. Seriously, what is she doing in there?

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5. Her Room Is Never Tidy

If you tell her to tidy up she gets annoyed at you, but if you really push her she will do it – just really badly. Her idea of tidying up involves shoving her dirty clothes in the wardrobe, and her dirty plates underneath her bed. Teenagers do seem to agree with the phrase ‘out of sight, out of mind.’

6. You Can’t Fix Everything, And Sometimes You Annoy Your Daughter When You Try To

You love your daughter, and all you want to do is protect and look after her. However she is getting old enough to start making her own decisions, so you take a small step back – but if she makes a bad decision, she knows you will always be there for her.

7. She Wears Earphones 24/7

She always has earphones in, and sometimes you’re pretty sure she isn’t even listening to music. You’re starting to think they might just be a fashion accessory.

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8. She Loves To Experiment With Her Style

She started wearing all black and eyeliner, then she switched to jeans and crop tops. Once she wore heels when you went to pick up takeout, and last week she dyed a pink streak in her hair – it’s getting hard for you to remember what her current style is!

9. She Can Go From Loving You To Disliking You In A Minute

Your daughter still smiles and laughs with you – until you say you can’t give her a lift to her friend’s place. This always starts a huge battle, and she normally starts shouting about how unfair her life is. It often feels like you are riding a roller coaster that she is driving.

10. Her Hormones Are Uncontrollable

Sometimes she is the sweetest girl ever, calling you ‘mommy’ and telling you that she loves you. Then the mood swings start, and she is slamming doors and giving one word answers. She is the person who annoys you the most, as well as the person you love the most.

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11. She Spends More Time On The Internet Than You Do At Work

From watching Youtube videos to non-stop tweeting, your teenage daughter is online way more often than you are. She posts selfies every day too – you’d like to take a look but she put her Instagram on private so you couldn’t see what she is up to.

12. She Is Both A Teenage Girl And A Little Girl

Sometimes she wants to wear makeup and meet up with boys from her class, and sometimes you will come downstairs and catch her watching cartoons in her pajamas. The teenage years are a confusing time and she isn’t really sure who she is right now, but you feel privileged watching her grow into a woman.

13. You Want To Share This, But You Are Worried She Will Tell You Off For Being Embarrassing

You want to show your teenage girl this list so you could have a good chuckle together – but she banned you from posting on her Facebook.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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