The Strange Behaviors of a Pre-Teen.

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We are raising an animal (no not Buddy the Dog… he’s raising us).

The Evil Spawn is entering Step 1 of her teenage internship.

Each new phase of a child’s life is challenging, but this one is bound to be particularly disturbing.

She’s starting to exhibit some odd behaviors.

Like painting her fingernails.  Picking up her room without arguing about it.  And caring what her hair looks like (after not brushing it for 72 consecutive  months).I'm Just So Sleepy.

But by far the strangest behavior is her sleeping habits.

She never wants to go to bed because she’s not tired, but then she doesn’t want to get up because she’s exhausted.

Don’t ask me to explain because I find it very mysterious.

She seems to have a love/hate relationship with sleep. 

For me it’s a challenge to figure out where she’s located each morning (or more likely, late morning).

When I’m tired, I go to sleep (if all goes well) in my bed (I’m not going to lie, it’s usually the highlight of my day).

When she finally gives up and goes to bed, she heads to one of 18 different places (generally, no more than 3 consecutive nights in any one place).

I might find her sleeping in her bedroom, but that’s the exception… not the rule.

More likely I will discover her crashed out on a couch, in the guest room, or on the floor (this is tricky because you don’t want to step on her first thing in the morning… because this seems to anger her).

I asked her why she doesn’t sleep in her bed and she said “I like it… I just don’t like-like it.”


I have a feeling the odd behavior is just beginning.  It’s only going to get worse.

For me.

In about 6 years I will like her creepy unemployed boyfriend.

I just won’t like-like him.

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8 Responses to “The Strange Behaviors of a Pre-Teen.”

  1. Olwyn Hughes
    on Jul 4th, 2010
    @ 9:11 pm

    In 6 years?! My daughter is just turning 14 and I already don’t like-like her boyfriend!

    Trust me, the behaviour will get stranger and more disturbing. Then it will just drive you nuts. I keep reminding myself that one day she will (God willing) have a daughter who puts her through as much pain!!!!!


    Michael Smith Reply:

    @Olwyn Hughes, 14…. and a boyfriend???


  2. GasStationCappuccino
    on Jul 5th, 2010
    @ 6:35 am

    Six daughters.

    I feel your pain.

    Just wait until you realize her underwear no longer has a back, but flimsy string.

    That was particularly challenging for my Hubby.

    Michael Smith Reply:

    @GasStationCappuccino, That sound that you can’t hear….

    is me gagging….

  3. Diane
    on Jul 5th, 2010
    @ 7:13 am

    No perfume or body sprays yet? My daughter lives for trips to the drug store or mall so she can see which ones she doesn’t have (I make her buy them with her own money).

  4. Laura
    on Jul 5th, 2010
    @ 6:26 pm

    On the up side, she’s cleaning her room and brushing her hair… two things I can’t get my 8 year old to do. I wasn’t bad as a teen, but I have a feeling my daughter may be rough because my husband gave his parents a really hard time. I’m sure that at some point they jinxed him with the old “I hope you have a kid that acts just like you do” curse… that one never fails.

  5. Debbie
    on Jul 7th, 2010
    @ 8:10 am

    With each new phase and maddening behavior my kids went through in their teen years, I always said to myself “if that’s the worst thing they ever do, I’ll consider myself blessed!”

  6. Joe D'Amato
    on Jul 9th, 2010
    @ 12:08 pm

    I feel your pain. My daughter is almost 19 and I have met the creepy boyfriend. as a matter of fact most of the boys that she knows find me intimidating (at a whopping 5′ 10″ and 180 lbs.), but I figure its the title….Principal!

    My son is 16, and is learning to drive. Enter gray hair by the tons.

    Every time it seems to be getting better it takes a nose dive, but eventually it will.

    Things to look forward to are the emotional rollercoaster and sarcasm….sigh


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