Do you know why parents of teenagers always appear sooo boorrring to their children - it's because we are exhausted. Go out? Leave the house? Attend an event that's just for grown-ups? Oh - I don't think so. We are too busy getting them up at the crack of dawn for whatever band/choir/sports training that they need to be at and still going after dark managing their social lives or the great assignment crisis that seems to hit at about 8:23pm each evening.
I am very stressed out you know Mum - I've only had time to read three novels, chat online with five friends and watch four TV shows - so don't hassle me about getting my homework done earlier.
We are also worn out because most things that go wrong in our children's lives are apparently OUR fault (it's quite tiring being responsible for every problem in the house):
It's sooo cold today Mum and YOU want me to wear trousers, but I have sport and I'll get hot so I want to wear shorts, but YOU are insisting that I wear trousers and you always make me do the most ridiculous things.
These music scales are too difficult - I'm never going to remember them for the exam and you are making me practice and it's making me very upset. I can't believe YOU've made them so hard.
I've lost the minuscule and crucial piece of lego and now YOU are not helping me look for it and so it is all your fault.
And all the literature says that it is good for kids if their parents have a strong relationship. Well, how exactly does that work? We gently suggested that for one night of the week they could go to bed and read for a little while before bedtime so we could have dinner together on our own. I'm not quite sure that they were picking up on the nuances of how we were enhancing their feeling of security by spending time alone.
You don't care about us. Just each other. That's all isn't it? Just yourselves. You just want us to go away and get rid of us (well, yes, just a little, but I guess that's not the moment to say that!), so you can be on your own, without us. It's so unfair and it's all your fault.
But of course - everything else is our fault.