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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 September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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