Karen is a mum of mixed sex, 14-year-old twins. And knows it. Each week she shares with us what her terrible two have been up to.
'One thing that drives me absolutely nuts is the total refusal of either teen to dress for the elements. It could be howling a gale and lashing with rain and yet will they take a waterproof jacket or a pair of wellies out with them?
No. Every outing is treated like a fashion parade and it appears that some
items of clothing are social suicide. This is basically anything that
takes the form of a coat, a waterproof or practical footwear.
So my daughter goes off to the funfair in mud up to her ankles, wearing a pair of white Converse baseball boots, while her brother finds it difficult
to leave the house at all because his exits are blocked by mirrors. He
suffers from hair anxiety because he's got a little tuft that pops up on
the back of his head which, no matter how much product he slaps on it,
just springs back up in defiance.
School sports day is another nightmare. Tracksuits are a big no-no for girls, while leggings, apparently, are all the rage. Hoodies are banned by teachers, while boys need the correct brands! I give up.
Letters come home about school trips asking me to make sure my children are equipped for the elements and I no longer bother. I know that if I force a rain mac into their school bag they'll simply stuff it in their school lockers.
Last year my daughter emptied hers at the end of the year and there were 4 umbrellas, 3 waterproofs and 1 coat. All of which had never been worn.
I think you don't actually accept that one of the main functions of clothes is to keep warm and dry until you've been to your first waterlogged Glastonbury. Then suddenly festival chic becomes all the rage. Until then I guess soggy socks and sniffles will carry on trending.'
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Karen's other blog posts...
- Karen's next blog - My terrible teenage two: 'Mum, he's been smoking swede'
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