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10 Questions Not To Ask Your Teenage Boy

Since Brian has turned 14, I have learned a few things besides the fact that I don’t know anything. I am a parent – which apparently rhymes with dumb the the language of teenage.  But I do know the 10 questions not to ask a teenage boy.  They are as follows:

1. Can I sit next to you?

2. What were you doing in the bathroom?

3. Do you want me to come with you?

4. Is that a clean shirt?

5. Do you have a girlfriend?

6. What are you doing?

7. Did you clean your room?

8.  Did you feed the dog?

9.  Will you hurry up?

10. Can mom have a kiss and a hug goodbye?

If you dare to ask any of the above I can guarantee you will get either a sigh, a moan, a roll of the eyes, or that look (you know the look I am referring to the one where it looks like they could be constipated), but rarely will you get an answer and the answer will never be yes. Do they even know the word yes anymore?

Exactly at what age do they move out?

Until next time –



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About Catherine, the redhead mom blogger

Catherine’s hopes to make this blog a safe place for thyroid sufferers to come laugh and share the funnier side of thyroid disease while raising awareness around the world. She is a published author, known for her humorous speeches on finding your dream life and blogging for fun and profit. Catherine writes about her dream life at, 8 Women Dream and several online marketing publications. She would also like to be invited to speak at TED about her observations. Catherine posts on M/W/F. Join me on Google+ rapieress@aol.com

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14 Responses to 10 Questions Not To Ask Your Teenage Boy

  1. Missybw May 29, 2009 at 9:02 am #

    I’m all weepy over my middle one graduating 1st grade. I suppose when my baby does I’ll just be a real mess. I cannot imagine them being teenagers yet.

  2. Jack Cann May 31, 2009 at 10:17 pm #

    How about a list of things your teenagers knows he doesn’t dare ask his redhead mom? I’d like to see THAT list!

  3. BobG June 1, 2009 at 11:51 am #

    That’s a good list to use. Of course, there’s also a list of questions you could ask a teen that you would be better off NOT hearing the answer…

  4. Sam June 2, 2009 at 5:16 pm #

    Hey this is a nice looking blog. Remember even if your teen is very mature and you are comfortable with them staying home by themselves during the summer, for your teen it would be good if he or she has some activities planned that will keep them busy and out of trouble.

  5. Heather June 2, 2009 at 9:21 pm #

    That whole list feels WAY too familiar! Thanks for cataloging my last week of frustration with the 14 year old… as always, glad to hear I am not alone!

  6. Carlie June 4, 2009 at 10:20 pm #

    This is a cute post. It made me laugh and think of my kids when tey were your sons age. I am subscribing to this blog. Will you be posting more often?

  7. Katie June 5, 2009 at 3:45 am #

    Ha! Teacher rhymes with dumb too. Thanks for commenting on my blog and for the advice about opening up my comments. Maybe I’ll give that a try. I love your blog design!

  8. Katie June 5, 2009 at 5:54 am #

    I don’t have a teenage son, at least not that I know of. BUT I’m pretty sure I’ll never ask him “How much do you love me?”

    I think that whole thing works til they’re about 8. Then they start with the “Moooooom, stop!”

    THEN at 14, they’re smart, so they say “Not at all”

    Or the dreaded silence.

    Thanks for coming by my place! You’re welcome ANYTIME. Especially if James Bond follows you over. He can come too! Is it hot in here?!

  9. Bernice Hoskiss June 5, 2009 at 12:28 pm #

    I love the way you write. You make me feel like I a standing right next to you when you do those posts where you are talking with your son. He is one lucky boy.

  10. Ellen C June 6, 2009 at 9:12 am #

    Raising a teenager in today’s world may be more effort than we’re prepared for. Reaching down inside, remembering how I felt as a teen, and keep talking with my teen helps. I try to meet on common ground, like our love for each other, and when I start from there, everything seems to turn out fine.

  11. Rene Faucen June 6, 2009 at 2:03 pm #

    I’d like to see your list for teenage girls. I bet it would be more toxic. I can’t ask my daughter anything anymore.

  12. Eric "Speedcat Hollydale" June 7, 2009 at 8:32 pm #

    I remember those days … kind of

    Ha haaaaaaaaa !!!!

  13. Sparky June 7, 2009 at 10:33 pm #

    Remember with teenagers that deep optimism is aware of problems, but recognizes the solution; knows about difficulties, but believes they can be overcome; sees the negative, but accentuates the positive; is exposed to the worst, but expects the best; has reason to complain, but prefers to smile.

  14. Melissa June 10, 2009 at 5:37 pm #

    You forgot ‘are those pants clean?’ because you know they’re not!!!!!

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