Living with a 15 year old

Living with a 15 year old

You may, or may not, know that Mr Tammy has a 15-year-old daughter. She is beautiful, polite kind and caring. As step daughters go I lucked right in make no mistake but it’s not all sweetness and light, living with a 15-year-old is a big hard dose of reality, and here is why:

  1. You will no longer be considered cool, or ‘with it’ (god I sound old just writing that). You know the lingo you used to speak at school, the things you’d say and your parents would look at you wondering what on Earth you were on about. Well the tables have turned my friends. The 15-year-old was presented with dinner the other night and referred to it as ‘dank man’ … no idea. Was this a compliment? Probably not. Oh and we all know about Netflix and Chill right?…
  2. Teenage girls will be able to apply make up better than you, and they don’t even bloody need it. They will have a haul that puts yours to shame and have the luxury of spending hours, literally, in front of a mirror. You will find yourself asking, ‘ummm so can you show me how to contour then?’. Also, they don’t find out how to apply their make up from reading SHOUT your back ground noise will be Zoella telling you exactly what you should be wearing and how you should be wearing it.
    The 15 year old's make up

    That make up is unreal! She’s a pro.

  3. You will not feel fashionable because you don’t know what Stan Smiths are. You do not own a bomber jacket, your jeans aren’t ripped at the knee, and you don’t have a River Island Tote.
  4. You will feel fat. All.the.time. There is nothing like long legged, size 6 model teetering about the house in a crop top to remind you of your mum tum hidden under your granny pants.
  5. You are not care free. Oh no. You cannot saunter in at 10 o’clock on a Friday night, maybe with your mates, maybe  not. You cannot sleep till 1pm. You’re biggest stress is no longer who is, or is not, talking to who. Your parents don’t pay your phone bill anymore or anything for that matter. Your only responsibility of getting your homework in on time is a thing of the past.
  6.  You are not quite as agile as you once were, doing backward flips on the trampoline is not a good idea, no matter how many proseccos you may have had.
  7. You feel as though your prime has gone. Woah heavy huh, bear with. You are presented with youth, beauty, ambition and possibility everyday and you can’t help it, you can’t help but think those days where you were the bright-eyed bushy-tailed student with the world at your feet have passed… instead you are the one encouraging them, putting your children and their future before yours, whilst you contemplate which eye cream will have the biggest impact.

That being said, it’s not all bad. Whilst I don’t recommend comparing ones self to these bright and beautiful creatures there are some perks to no longer being a teenager.

  1. You don’t have to wash your hair everyday – just as well really cause my babies really wouldn’t stand for that.
  2. You can drink publicly, without it being in a park.
  3. Everything is no longer NOT FAIR.
  4. You’re really not that bothered who is not talking to who.
  5. You might not have a River Island tote but you may have a Mulberry. Mulberry
  6. You don’t have homework, but you may have to brush up on your GCSE science.
  7. You don’t need permission to go out, just babysitters.
  8. Hormones do not dictate your life, well minus the whole  hormonal wreck that is the
    pregnancy/post natal situation.
  9. Not everything is a BIG DEAL.
  10. The world probably won’t end when things go wrong.

So it’s not all bad eh, just avoid mirrors…

My Petit Canard
Keep Calm and Carry On Linking Sunday


  1. September 27, 2016 / 6:31 pm

    I always feel a bit old and grubby when I see myself next to teenagers – on the plus side, I can drink legally and don’t have to choose my drinks based on what’s on offer in the Spar, so basically I’m winning.

    • tammymum
      September 27, 2016 / 6:34 pm

      Hahaha you definitely are!

  2. September 28, 2016 / 6:53 am

    My eldest son is 11 and already going through the attitude teenage phase. He always says I am so old because I don’t know all the new words he comes out with #FamilyFun

  3. September 28, 2016 / 8:46 am

    Sorry is that make-up for real??? I’m totally inspired to go to Mac and get a refresh!! Do teenage girls spend all their time practising eyeliner?? Hysterical article – I still appreciate the fact that I don’t need to get anxious about being ID’d!!! x

  4. September 28, 2016 / 10:08 am

    Hehe I can’t imagine it at all and am relieved that I still have a number of years to go! Even my 3 year old knows I am no longer cool, so at least that is settled! I wish I had a mulberry :-( #familyfun

  5. September 28, 2016 / 11:14 am

    We live about five minutes from a huge university- nothing makes me tell flabby and wrinkly like spending an afternoon amongst the beautiful crop-topped people.


  6. September 28, 2016 / 12:11 pm

    Oh I’m glad there ere some positives in there – I needed that! But, hang on, why haven’t you got ripped jeans, a bomber jacket and why don’t you know what Stan Smiths are? You and I are going shopping lovely! #Familyfun

  7. September 28, 2016 / 1:00 pm

    Thank you for warning me. My oldest is 8 and I am dreading the teen years. The attitude is there already just need her body to catch up I guess. Lol. I am also grateful for the positives. Ordering drinks, buying what I want (sort of) with my own money, and no restricted bedtime, even though I’m in bed usually before 9pm, but I could stay up if I felt brave enough. Great post! #familyfun

  8. September 28, 2016 / 3:03 pm

    Great post. Although my two are very young, I’m a secondary school teacher so get the delight of being surrounded by teens 5 days a week, so I can definitely relate to these issues. But, as you say, at least we don’t have to drink in the park anymore haha.
    Potty Adventures

  9. September 28, 2016 / 4:03 pm

    I think the pressures teenagers are under now can be pretty intense with social media, I certainly wouldn’t want to go back to that hormonal uncertainty!!! And honestly, how can they apply makeup like that. That does make me jealous!! #familyfun

  10. September 28, 2016 / 5:33 pm

    Great post Sarah. Can’t quite imagine living with a teenager yet!

  11. September 28, 2016 / 7:19 pm

    Felt totally depressed half way through, but you did a good job to pick me up again… although I don’t have a Mulberry or a River Island tote so feel a bit inadequate there 😉 #FamilyFun

  12. September 28, 2016 / 7:57 pm

    This is really funny. I know what you mean about beautiful teenaged relatives making you feel old and frumpy! But being a teenager can be so hard in other ways – I wouldn’t go back. But I miss my crop-top-worthy stomach. #FamilyFun

  13. September 28, 2016 / 8:20 pm

    I’ve started to realise how old I sound when I chat to my cousins 14 year old daughter. I always thought I was quite young but clearly not!!! Great lists, I actually look forward to our 7 year old being a teenager; she can already throw the mother of all shit fits and I’m half hoping she’s getting it out her system now. A xx

  14. September 28, 2016 / 9:02 pm

    Goodness, I don’t blame you for feeling that way! But you’re definitely spot on with the positives. I remember getting my full time job and realising I didn’t need permission to buy things. I could go where I liked. Being an adult definitely has a lot going for it :) #FamilyFun

  15. September 29, 2016 / 10:47 am

    Love this post! It feels like yesterday that I was 15.. not 17 years ago!
    How beautiful is your step daughter?! my goodness, that photo, her make up. wowser. At 15 I had a mild case of Acne with Sun-in destroyed hair… how times have changed eh.
    The world of teens owe Zoella more than they know.
    Big love, L

  16. September 29, 2016 / 2:32 pm

    Haha, I started feeling really old reading this (and a bit sorry for myself!), but then I got to your list of the perks of no longer being a teenager and it cheered me right up. We have it so much better (apart from the sleeping thing – they definitely win there!). #familyfun

  17. September 29, 2016 / 9:03 pm

    Hee hee – I particularly liked the list of it’s not all bad….memories came flooding back of drinking in the park – eek!! I do agree these teenagers are pros with the makeup etc – one of my form was curling her eyelashes in tutor time this morning – God knows when the last time was I did that!!! #FamilyFun

  18. September 29, 2016 / 10:39 pm

    Wow. I will tuck this away under “Things to Return to in 14 years” :) This was such a funny post. Not Haha funny although that was there too but more like..looking at myself and how I was at 15 and now and how far I have come or not in some cases. Cool post.

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  20. September 30, 2016 / 8:10 am

    I am so grateful I will never (as far as I know) live with a teenage girl. Teenage girls were why I only ever wanted a boy! Hahaha. Do teenagers still drink in parks? I thought they were all so sophisticated they could all get into clubs from the age of 14 now! If not, ha! Take that gorgeous young things. Do your time in the fields, I know I did! Actually I rather miss it 😉 #ablogginggoodtime

  21. September 30, 2016 / 8:15 am

    I live with 4 children aged between 11 and 17 and this made me chuckle heartily.. I particularly liked point 6. #ablogginggoodtime

  22. September 30, 2016 / 4:14 pm

    oh I missed that times being teenager was awesome:D Although raising a teenager can be tricky:D

  23. October 1, 2016 / 7:23 am

    Ah to have a flat stomach again…*sigh* when my jeans are ripped it is not a sign of fashion but the fact I have not invested in clothes for myself in a while! Great post – perhaps you can do a contour video I need to learn so I don’t look like I’ve been punched lol x

  24. October 1, 2016 / 1:36 pm

    I have always been rubbish at doing make up so I just don’t know how these teens do it. However, when I see their enormous drawn on eyebrows I KNOW they are going to regret those in 20 years just as we look back at when plucked ours to death in the 90s and laugh! #FamilyFun

  25. October 1, 2016 / 9:12 pm

    Oh my I’ve got all this to come haven’t I ?! #FAMILYFUN

  26. October 3, 2016 / 8:14 am

    I can so relate to this. I certainly wouldn’t want to be living my teen years again nowadays. So much more pressure than back in my day it seems (murgh, vowed never to say ‘back in my day’!). I didn’t have as many problems with my 19 year old son, they are just smelly horrible creatures when in their teens but I have a 13 year old and oh it’s only just starting!!

  27. October 3, 2016 / 11:10 am

    Yes, teenagers certainly give us perspective and a reality check don’t they?! They also keep us on our toes, if we don’t sink into a depression! Alison x #MarvMondays

  28. October 3, 2016 / 1:44 pm

    Yes yes yes to the make-up! My 15 year old has sooo much and I have one bottle of foundation and an eye liner that is 5 years old! great post. I’ve shred on twitter. #MarvMondays

  29. October 3, 2016 / 2:33 pm

    My eldest is nearly 18 and I feel this inadequacy when he appears with his friend girls – they are so scarily cool and they always appear when I am looking my worst. #bigpinklink

  30. October 3, 2016 / 5:03 pm

    I had teenage boys, so wanst quite as bad, but they still made me feel ancient at times and very uncool.

  31. October 3, 2016 / 8:21 pm

    Oh this is fantastic! Going to remember the glad I’m not a teenager list when mine hit their teens – not long now! Brilliant more please! #bigpinklink

  32. October 4, 2016 / 11:36 am

    Oh, I felt sooooo old reading this!! It was brilliantly observed, and funny, but I did heave a sigh of relief, that not all of it will apply to me! With 2 boys, I won’t have the parading in crop tops, to make me feel bad about my body, and they’d only be watching Zoella to drool, rather than obsess over makeup, and make me awful about the no7 makeup I’ve worn for 15 years! I do look at teenagers, and envy their figures, and envy that they’ve got the world at their feet, to go where they want and do what they want. But, I was the worlds most miserable teenager, and don’t think I could ever go through that again! And even though I overthink my mistakes and regrets, and wish for my old figure back, I still think I’m the most content and confident I’ve ever been, and I still think I’d take it ove being a teen again…!

  33. October 4, 2016 / 11:51 am

    Oh I am on the cusp of this. My 12 year old girl is a moody stroppy madam at the moment. My boys at 15 had come through the worst, I hope my daughter does too, I can deal with the cool kid that makes me look fat but not the moods! #BigPinkLink

  34. October 4, 2016 / 7:33 pm

    Can I borrow her to teach me how to do that eyeliner? Then I’ll have to run away quickly because I’m disgusting and old and uncool. Thanks for linking to #chucklemums!

  35. October 5, 2016 / 2:00 pm

    Haha! How to grow old gracefully – avoid mirrors! Stealing that advice! 😀 Thanks for linking up to #chucklemums

  36. October 5, 2016 / 7:15 pm

    I was already dreading the teenage years judging by how my daughter is behaving entering toddlerdom but this had just made me panic… boarding school it is!
    Thanks for linking to #ablogginggoodtime #triballove

  37. October 7, 2016 / 8:20 am

    How times change hey, it was all about reading Mizz when we were young! Thanks for joining us for #marvmondays

  38. October 7, 2016 / 7:11 pm

    Oh this is my life and my daughter is only 11, but I found myself nodding along with a lot of this (she has always been mature for her age).
    The bit I find the hardest is that sometimes I feel quite mumsy! I’m not at all, but she kind of makes me feel like that particularly when it comes to fashion and I point something out and she just humours me.
    I love the bit about being allowed to drink outside and not in a park ha ha!
    There are definitely some real positives to being a grown up though!


  39. October 8, 2016 / 11:02 am

    Hahaha really enjoyed this! I wrote a post once about how being a mum is very much like being teenager – perhaps you should see if you agree 😉

    I absolutely dread the day I have teens in the house! #chucklemums

  40. October 9, 2016 / 5:38 pm

    Haha brilliant! Have to agree, I wouldn’t go back to being a teenager for the world, the whole world was against me! I do see my stepson’s girl mates and think how can they possible contour like that?! They all look stunning, I am sure I never mastered it quite like that… #chucklemums xx

  41. October 13, 2016 / 11:27 am

    I feel like a total old frumpy face when teenager girls even pass me in the street let alone be part of my family….Lord help me when my time comes! Thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub chick x

  42. October 15, 2016 / 9:29 pm

    I feel your pain the the make-up – how do they get so good at it?!?! Is there a class at school now?!?! I agree though, as much as I sometimes envy the carefree age I’m also so glad I’m past it! Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday

  43. October 16, 2016 / 6:03 am

    My best friend has a step daughter who is 17 years old and I tell you I feel old when I see her. There is nothing like a teenage to bring you back to reality. I thought I had the cool mum thing done, but apparently not! It takes more than me wearing a pair of converse to be cool! x #KCACOLS

  44. October 16, 2016 / 8:31 am

    Haha, yes, avoid the mirrors! I think I am still a teenager as I have been known to go hormonal, I know awful! I also don’t have a Mulberry handbag, yet! One day #KCACOLS

  45. October 16, 2016 / 9:49 am

    A brilliant post and a wonderful perspective on life! #KCACOLS

  46. October 16, 2016 / 1:10 pm

    Oh all those things I took for granted as a teenager! Although you’re right I really don’t much care who isn’t talking to me at the moment and both my bag and shoe game are actually stronger!

  47. October 16, 2016 / 4:35 pm

    I have a 17 year old step daughter. I didn’t understand understand teenage girls much 25 years ago and have found that I still don’t. #KCACOLS

  48. October 16, 2016 / 6:28 pm

    Oh god – this is payback for us at 15 right? I dont think I can cope with the fact that one day my little one will be that age. Although the makeup tips would be QUITE useful… how do they do it so effortlessly?! Oh just to have the fresh skin and lack of under-eye bags again…

  49. October 16, 2016 / 6:47 pm

    Just avoid mirrors! lol! She is gorgeous and her make up is amazing isn’t it! #KCACOLS

  50. October 17, 2016 / 8:57 am

    Haha! Brilliant post! Her make up skills are amazing! Send her this way.. she might be able to make me look human hahaha x #KCACOLS

  51. October 17, 2016 / 10:25 am

    You can drink publicly without it being in the park. HOOT and SNORT. I have all this to come but the mirror thing – yes i avoid them or at least look very quickly whilst passing by and without glasses on so my face appears a bit out of focus and ten years younger. #KCACOLS

  52. October 17, 2016 / 6:19 pm

    Haha brilliant post! Although suddenly I feel old! And that make up!!… wow!!! That is crazy!! Glad there are some positives too! #KCACOLS

  53. October 17, 2016 / 7:15 pm

    I have an 18 year old boy and an 11 year old girl. My son wasn’t too bad, but people keep telling me that my daughter will be a lot more work lol.

  54. October 18, 2016 / 1:10 pm

    Haha, this is great! I remember the days I’d spend sitting in front of the mirror, not a care in the world. Honestly though, I’m only 24, so I can’t quite imagine having a stepchild so close in age with me, but her makeup is absolutely FLAWLESS! It’s so crazy how your perspective on life changes as the years pass. Thanks for sharing! <3 #KCACOLS

  55. October 19, 2016 / 5:34 pm

    The trouble is I don’t have a Mulberry *sigh* #coolmumclub

  56. October 20, 2016 / 1:37 am

    OH no! I have a 15-year-old coming up next year, but it is ok as it is a boy…wait…probably not! Thanks for the eh warning. #KCACOLS

  57. October 26, 2016 / 7:39 am

    Thankfully I won’t have a teenage girl to deal with but I will have two teenage boys!! I know what you mean about feeling old though – I felt like that when my younger brother and sister were talking in some lingo I couldn’t decipher and they are only 5 and 8 years younger than me let alone teenagers now! #KCACOLS