Teenagers and Gravity-Defying Dishes

This is my kitchen sink! This is photographic evidence of just how far my teenagers will go to balance dishes and defy gravity in order to avoid the arduous task of unloading the dishwasher. . . . What is wrong with these people???

You Can’t Teach Teenagers . . .

  1. To change the toilet paper roll.
  2. To throw away empty cartons of milk or juice. They leave one swallow and put them back in the refrigerator.
  3. To use a coaster.
  4. To apply sunscreen before going out.
  5. To study for a test before the night before.
  6. To floss their teeth, put the cap back on the toothpaste, and squeeze the tube from the bottom.
  7. To turn the volume down—on anything.
  8. To wipe the crumbs off the kitchen counter after snacking.
  9. To put things back where they belong.

10. To do things right the first time.

11. To consider the long-term risks and benefits.

12. To hug family members in public like they mean it.

13. To be nice to the siblings they’ll miss when they leave home for good.

14. To get up for church on Sunday mornings without complaint.

15. To care about things that don’t affect them personally.

16. To fill the car with gasoline before the warning light comes on.

17. To care for the dogs, cats, fish, ponies, hamsters, lizards, snakes, birds, rabbits, and every other creature, great or small, that they swore they would be entirely responsible for when begging their parents to adopt the animals in the first place.

Like this list? Read more in my latest book: I’ve Had It Up To Here With Teenagers.

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