It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness. Isn’t that how the quote goes?

Actually, I think I have it pretty good when it comes to my two girls, but there are always things that crop up that you cannot anticipate when it comes to parenting teenage girls. My experience only comes from being a mom to girls, but I can assume that some of the same things would apply to having boys too. So, I thought that I would post some things that I have learned, and am continuing to discover, about mothering teens.

1. What’s mine is yours, and what’s yours is yours

My makeup kit is now our makeup kit. My hoodies and cute scarves are fair game for wearing, even though I didn’t buy them to share. I purchased a new top last week, and now it’s hanging in my daughter’s room. Yep, what’s mine is hers. And once your teenage daughter wears it, it no longer seems as appealing to wear yourself, because it looks much cuter on her.

2. The washer and dryer are no longer available

Once your girls get to be teens, they will take over the washing machine. There is always a load sitting in the dryer every time I go to use it. I continue to find many small items in the washer: bobby pins, gum and headphones to name but a few. They don’t think to check pockets and throw random loads of laundry in the washer daily (except sheets – if it was up to them, these would never get washed). Smelly dance items get washed late at night and, yet, never transferred to the dryer.

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