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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 December 2, 2019

10 Powerful Ways to Stop Worrying and Start Living Today

10 Powerful Ways to Stop Worrying and Start Living Today

Plato knew that the body and mind are intimately linked. And in the late 1800s, the Mayo brothers, famous physicians, estimated that over half of all hospital beds are filled with people suffering from frustration, anxiety, worry and despair. Causes of worry are everywhere, in our relationships and our jobs, so it’s key we find ways to take charge of the stress.

In his classic book How to Stop Worrying and Start Living, Dale Carnegie offers tools to ditch excessive worrying that help you make a worry-free environment for your private and professional life.

These are the top 10 tips to grab worry by the horns and wrestle it to the ground:

1. Make Your Decision and Never Look Back

Have you ever made a decision in life only to second-guess it afterwards? Of course you have! It’s hard not to wonder whether you’ve done the right thing and whether there might still be time to take another path.

But keep this in mind: you’ve already made your decision, so act decisively on it and dismiss all your anxiety about it.

Don’t stop to hesitate, to reconsider, or to retrace your steps. Once you’ve chosen a course of action, stick to it and never waver.

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2. Live for Today, Package Things up in “Day-Tight Compartments”

You know that feeling: tossing, turning and worrying over something that happened or something that might, well into the wee hours. To avoid this pointless worrying, you need “day-tight compartments”. Much as a ship has different watertight compartments, your own “day-tight” ones are a way to limit your attention to the present day.

The rule is simple: whatever happened in the past or might happen in the future must not intrude upon today. Everything else has to wait its turn for tomorrow’s box or stay stuck in the past.

3. Embrace the Worst-Case Scenario and Strategize to Offset It

If you’re worried about something, ask yourself: “What’s the worst thing that could happen?” Could you lose your job? Be jailed? Get killed?

Whatever the “worst” might be, it’s probably not so world-ending. You could probably even bounce back from it!

If, for example, you lose your job, you could always find another. Once you accept the worst-case scenario and get thinking about contingency plans, you’ll feel calmer.

4. Put a Lid on Your Worrying

Sometimes we stress endlessly about negative experiences when just walking away from them would serve us far better.

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To make squashing that worry easier, try this strategy, straight from stock traders: it’s called the “stop-loss” order, where shares are bought at a certain price, and then their price development is observed. If things go badly and the share price hits a certain point, they are sold off immediately. This stops the loss from increasing further.

In the same manner, you can put a stop-loss order on things that cause you stress and grief.

5. Fake It ‘Til You Make It – Happiness, That Is

We can’t directly influence how we feel, but we can nudge ourselves to change through how we think and act.

If you’re feeling sad or low, slap a big grin on your face and whistle a chipper tune. You’ll find it impossible to be blue when acting cheerful. But you don’t necessarily need to act outwardly happy; you can simply think happier thoughts instead.

Marcus Aurelius summed it up aptly:

“Our life is what our thoughts make it.”

6. Give for the Joy of Giving

When we perform acts of kindness, we often do so with the expectation of gratitude. But harboring such expectations will probably leave you disappointed.

One person well aware of this fact was the lawyer Samuel Leibowitz. Over the course of his career, Leibowitz saved 78 people from going to the electric chair. Guess how many thanked him? None.

So stop expecting gratitude when you’re kind to someone. Instead, take joy from the act yourself.

7. Dump Envy – Enjoy Being Uniquely You

Your genes are completely unique. Even if someone had the same parents as you, the likelihood of someone identical to you being born is just one in 300,000 billion.

Despite this amazing fact, many of us long to be someone else, thinking the grass is greener on the other side of the fence. But living your life this way is pointless. Embrace your uniqueness and get comfortable with who you really are: How to Be True to Yourself and Live the Life You Want

8. Haters Will Hate — It Just Means You’re Doing It Right

When you’re criticized, it often means you’re accomplishing something noteworthy. In fact, let’s take it a step further and consider this: the more you’re criticized, the more influential and important a person you likely are.

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So the next time somebody talks you down, don’t let it get to you. Take it as a compliment!

9. Chill Out! Learn to Rest Before You Get Tired

Scientists agree that emotions are the most common cause of fatigue. And it works the other way around, too: fatigue produces more worries and negative emotions.

It should be clear, therefore, that you’ve got to relax regularly before you feel tired. Otherwise, worries and fatigue will accumulate on top of each other.

It’s impossible to worry when you are relaxed, and regular rest helps you maintain your ability to work effectively.

10. Get Organized and Enjoy Your Work

There are few greater sources of misery in life than having to work, day in, day out, in a job you despise. It would make sense then that you shouldn’t pick a job you hate, or even just dislike doing.

But say you already have a job. How can you make it more enjoyable and worry-free? One way is to stay organized: a desk full of unanswered mails and memos is sure to breed worries.

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Better yet, rethink about the job you’re doing: What to Do When You Hate Your Job but Want a Successful Career

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