And, if they continue to burst in, to stay up incredibly late, to play music/DVDs/guitars loudly, to come back from parties at all hours so that we have to stay up waiting for them, on tenterhooks, very soon they will be right.
In short, all this normal teenage behaviour makes having an intimate relationship with your spouse, if not completely impossible, then at least very tricky.
All the same tips apply with phones as with computers.
Except phones are with you wherever you are, often away from home and your usual support systems.
If you use Kik, follow these tips from Safe Teens to protect yourself:● Think about what you post.
Sharing provocative photos or intimate details online, even in private emails, can cause you problems later on.
For one thing, nowadays, the boys never go to bed before us.
If you’re being harassed on Kik, the company will help you coordinate with law enforcement.
But the way our children show absolutely no restraint, bursting into our bedroom at all hours to look for clothing, to ask one of us a question or to tell us something really important (‘Have you guys seen the moon tonight? ’) indicates that the gruesome thought really hasn’t occurred to them at all.
Or, if it has, they’ve dismissed it as utterly impossible.
And I know we’re not the only ones with this problem, because I have talked over this issue with my friends. ’ I asked one of my girlfriends who, like me, has two teenagers.
‘Quietly,’ she replies, ‘and in a big hurry, with the door shut.’ (I rather took the door shut bit as a given, but was thankful for the detail.) ‘We have had some very close calls,’ she admitted, ‘especially early in the morning.