Consider how often teenagers, like babies, are responsible for making you late. How they require a bag of gear wherever they go. And how many outfits they can go through in a single day.
Instead of a bathtub littered with a few dozen toys, it's polluted with lady razors and specialty creams, with sugar scrubs and acne soaps, and a half-dozen conditioners. And they generally won't get out of the tub until the water is cold.
Their arrival in a room tends to completely disrupt whatever peace had been previously present, and clouds of mess follow in their wake.
Their dawdling can be maddening.
And then there's the screaming, screeching and squealing. Except thanks to the pack mentality of teens, it often comes as a chorus.
There are tantrums and whining in common, and the throwing of food. They tend to wander off in crowds. Have to be repeatedly warned about not trusting strangers.
Both toddlers and teens seem to have an affinity for one-word answers. ("Do you like school?" "No!" "Where are you going?" "Out.")
Neither toddlers nor teenagers can apparently stand the sight of their mother catching some Z's.
But some can't resist the lure of climbing in with her for the occasional snuggle.
Effectively undoing, in moments, the strategy for easing the coming pain of an empty nest.
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