20 Ways to Ruin a Tween’s Day Without Even Trying

Kraus House Mom

Kraus House Mom

I am the lucky mother of three tweens. I can’t believe that I hit the tween lottery. They are 10, 11 and 12 (girl, boy, girl). I’m not getting out of this stage anytime soon.

It seems I know so many ways to ruin their day. It can be done with very little effort on my part. I don’t even have to move most of the time.


Let me let you in on the secret…

  1. Ask how their day was
  2. Wake them up in the morning
  3. Clean their room
  4. Fold their laundry
  5. Tell them dinner is ready
  6. Not know where they left their stuff
  7. Ask for help
  8. Don’t immediately replace all the food they  just ate (the food you bought two days ago)
  9. Ask what they’re doing
  10. Knock on their door
  11. Don’t let them stay home by themselves
  12. Ask them to make sure the shower curtain is INSIDE the tub before the turn on the shower
  13. Ask them to dry off they floor when they don’t fix the shower curtain
  14. Remind them to get a towel before they get in the shower so they don’t have to yell for one
  15. Glance in their direction
  16. Don’t let them sit in the front seat
  17. Ask them to do the same thing for the fifth in a row (like put on deodorant)
  18. Request they put down their devise
  19. Make them go to bed

Some days are better than others. There are days that they all get along and then there are days that I just shut my bedroom door and don’t come out until they’ve all calmed down.

The tween years started two years ago and I still have three more to go. Then while I’m still dealing with the tween years, the teen ones will be underway.

I hope I make it through.

Anyone else neck deep in tween drama?




50 thoughts on “20 Ways to Ruin a Tween’s Day Without Even Trying

  1. Yup, that sounds about right. My oldest is 13 (almost 14) and all I have to do is look at him to set him off. It’s super fun around here LOL.

  2. Ah, being a middle school teacher, I can definitely see how adults can ruin their day without even trying. It’s tough to raise kids especially if they’re moody.

  3. My son is on the cusp of tweenhood and already I have started ruining his day with some of these things LOL. This was a very funny post.

  4. Ha ha. I’m pretty good at ruining my teen & tweens day without even trying. Who knew being a parent would be so hard LOL!

  5. I’m right there with you. I have 4: 13(boy), 11(girl), 11(girl) and 10(boy). I ruin their day almost every day lol

  6. An interesting note to take away for the future. I don’t have kids but I can see how those questions could become annoying to them. But as they get older they will understand it was all love. 🙂
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  7. Wonderful sharing! Thank you very much for this amazing article. What a good post and I love your good written I will show this to my friends. Glad that you share this

  8. This is hilarious and I remember my tween years. I definitely am pissed when I was woken up early in the morning. haha!

  9. Haha thank you for sharing! Relating to this post I remember always getting frustrated when my mom would do some of those things. I guess it is just a phase.. Good luck!

  10. GREAT timing on this post. Our boys are in their tweens and it’s interesting to watch them interact… and gobble down items we JUST purchased from the grocery store within seconds. I need all the tips I can get these days.

  11. I don’t have kids of my own but I’ve dealt with nephews and nieces growing up! They can really drive you mad and I’m not even their parent. I can only imagine what moms and dads have to go through!

  12. There could be a thousand ways to ruin tweens day. These are clever ideas. I was laughing out loud while reading.

  13. Hahahaha too funny!!!! Kids get annoyed with pretty much anything! Say hi to them and it ruins there day lol

  14. LOL my kids are 4 and 6. They are still young, but sometimes these things annoy them too when I do it. But they are less demanding, I guess. I better be ready when they do.

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