I enjoy joining in with the occasional meme. They are fun and they give me an opportunity to write about something different and to show that although I am a mum of autistic children, I also share the same challenges and joys as those mums and dads whose lives are unaffected by autism. For those of you new to the blogosphere, memes are a way of linking a particular blog post with other blogs by writing on a particular theme. The meme for this post is entitled I don’t know about you but I….. It was created by O Mammy (click on her blog here) to inspire us to write about something in life that annoys or niggles us. So taking on this challenge, this post will take a lighthearted look at my frustrations of living with a hormonal teenage daughter.
I don’t know about you but I get fed up and cross when my teenage daughter
- dumps everything on her bedroom floor and I mean everything.
- never hangs up her clothes - the wardrobe that me and her dad bought from Ikea and which we painstakingly glued together a few years ago stands there looking as new as the day we bought it.
- goes on and on about how her friends’ mums are marvellous trendy women with fantastic careers. Really? Who are these women and what are their secrets to success? It seems to have bypassed me.
- refuses to be seen in public with me unless she wants me to buy her something. GRrrrr.
- cracked up laughing when I told her I was on twitter – I really don’t get why this is so funny!
- uses up all the decent bath towels so that I am forced to use the little Nemo bath towel that we bought years ago when our children were little – really it is not a flattering look for a 40+ year old woman.
- complains there is no food in the house even when I have just spent over £100 on the weekly food shop. I keep telling her I don’t provide a hotel service here but then I get the argument starting with “Well my friend’s mum cooks ……………”. Sigh ………..
- sprays so much deodorant, perfume and hairspray that the rest of us are left coughing and the neighbour’s son whose bedroom adjoins my daughter’s bedroom (we live in a semi detached house) is forced to open every single window for ventilation!
- and the thing that makes me most cross is that she keeps telling me how to parent her autistic brother.
But for all of this, I love my teenager. She is clever, funny and artistic and when she isn’t so preoccupied with studying for her GCSE’s she will prepare a family meal for us. She has had to put up with a lot of restrictions to a normal family life as the result of having an autistic brother but nevertheless she became so concerned about her brother’s experience in education that she spoke up for autistic people and their right to an inclusive education in a school debate. I am a proud mum, albeit a cross one sometimes.