I am somewhat an expert in this field now and in fact, can effectively anger my 10 year old in my sleep, standing on my head and with my eyes closed! It has become second nature to me, so much so that half the time, I don’t even know that I’m doing it, I’m that good! I therefore feel I should share my expertise, so that other 10 year olds may be angered by their parents, without the need for formal training.
Ask them to tidy their room.
This will undoubtedly cause stomping up the stairs and door slamming because ‘it’s my room, I like it like this’ and ‘what’s the point in making the bed, I’ll mess it up again later when I go to bed anyway’
Remind them that they have siblings.
She desperately wants to be an only child and the mere mention of her little bro and sis, anger her! They are, of course the ‘favourites’ and get away with everything and basically, what were we thinking, to have more babies after she was born?
Remind them to do their homework, or don’t.
This is a double-edged sword. Even though they know they will get into trouble for not doing said homework, your reminder will anger them and it will be your fault that they didn’t do it earlier. If you don’t remind them, it will be your fault that they didn’t do it. Anger either way.
Despite the fact that everyone else has got one (really?!!), they are not getting the latest iPhone for their birthday.
Being the only parent in their whole year group refusing to buy the latest iPhone for their child will make you public enemy number one! Their convincing pleading and reasoning to get said phone can soon be quashed by a quick QA on the ‘parents Facebook group’ where you can ascertain that, in fact, there is only one child out of around 60 who has a £600+ phone (parents obviously have more money than sense!) and the knowledge that ‘parents talk to each other’ will sufficiently anger your 10 year old!
Remind them to tidy their room.
They went up-stairs, they picked up a sock, what more do you want? Blood?
Wake them up in the morning
You can’t fail with this one. Even the most gentle nudging and soft voice will unleash a monster!! This is a recent occurrence in our house so if it doesn’t yet work for you, give it a few months and I’m sure the hormones will kick in sufficiently to enable this method of angering!!
Suggest an early night.
Despite not being able to get out of bed that morning, the idea that extra sleep may help, is the talk of the devil. Mainly due to the fact that going to bed at the same time or (shock horror) before younger siblings is, quite frankly, crazy talk!
Remind them to tidy their room………again.
Do this if you dare. The resulting behavior may include severe eye rolling, looks that actually kill and accusations of life ruining because ‘all you ever want me to do is tidy my room’.
Put the wrong flavor crisps in their lunch box.
As a parent of three children, I make it a priority to remember every little like and dislike even though they change on a daily basis (did you hear the sarcasm?). I therefore purposely place items in my 10 year olds lunch box that I know she dislikes for the sheer hell of it, knowing that it will anger her beyond belief. (Note to self- this week she doesn’t like cheese and onion crisps- only buy cheese and onion crisps.)
Place a box on the seat in the car or at the table, where they usually sit.
Of course a 10 year old couldn’t possibly sit on a different seat, move the box or ask politely about the box. They just get angry because the whole world is against them and our sole reason for existence, as parents, is to think of little things like this to provoke anger.
NB These tips may also be applied to feisty 8 year olds with anger issues and any hormonal pre-teen!!
I hope this helps any parent desperately trying to anger their hormonal 10 year old! Please like and share with anyone you feel would benefit from this free tutorial and if you have any further suggestions, I would love to hear them!!
40 thoughts on “10 Ways to Anger a 10 Year Old!”
Sonia, you have done it again! Another brilliantly writen blog. While I feel your pain, I found this blog really really funny! Not least because I have a friend who consistantly moans about the EXACT same issues that you raised. The week before christmas, she told her daughter to tidy her foom, for the second time, daughter went to bathroom, took her mothers lippy and wrote…. ” F off”( in it’s entirety) on her own bedroom door! I dread to think what daughter would have done if mother had dared to go back for the 3rd time!
Brilliant blog Sonia. Xx
Aww thanks hon! Very therapeutic to write, not so easy to actually deal with but you’ve got to laugh about these things!! ???
100%! If you can’t rant amongst understanding friends and blog admirers, who can you rant at? Good to let it out! But, as an actress and comedy writer, I LOVE sarcasm so much, so your blog made me chuckle quite alot! Xxx
Number 10 made me laugh out loud. Brilliant!
Thanks for reading and taking time to comment. Have a great day x
Bahahahahahahahaha….I have a 10 year old and this was SPOT ON!!!! Talk of the devil…hahahahaha. Happy Sigh. GREAT POST =) #ablogginggoodtime
Thanks hon! Good luck with it! Xx
Ah you are on the cusp of what I call the tricky years – 11 – 13. It gets worse and then it gets a whole load better in my experience. Good luck!
Good to hear there is light at the end of the tunnel!! Xx
yes to all of these- any of thee will immediately cue whining in a tone that only dogs can decipher.
HA! I wrote one similar, except it was an 8 year old I angered. He was so mad at me that he was mad at his mother too and she wasn’t even involved 🙂 I love the putting stuff in your daughters lunch simply because she doesn’t like it trick. I’m going to have to try that one!
Oh I love this post, I have an 11 year and an 8 year old and the 11 year old is furious at me constantly!! In his eyes he should have the latest phone, tablet or shoes around, he should be able to have all forms of social media and be allowed to cycle anywhere he wants to without any supervision at all. Where has my little boy gone?????
I know! And the most frustrating thing is that this just started, like turning on a switch! No build-up or gradual change, just sudden anger! Thanks for reading xx
I also have a 10 year old. She gets angry at absolutely everything!! Especially her poor Dad – he ruins her life daily! Sarah #FabFridayPost
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Haha! This is hilarious! Even my 5 year old complain persistently at these tasks. lol!
Thank you for linking up with us on #FabFridayPost x
hahaha my eldest is 5 years old yet and there are a few things that I can agree with you already! I don’t know how it will be when she’s 10!! x #FabFridaypost
I have an 18 month old and think a couple of these apply. Isn’t there something said about toddlers mirroring the behaviour of teens… I know my mum can relate to this also looking after 3 teens. Good luck! #DreamTeam
Yes I’ve heard that so I dread my middle one getting to this stage, I didn’t know what a tantrum was until she was born!! x
I didn’t know it could happen so young either! I think my little one started tantrums at 14 months. Going to be a fun puberty!
I can’t wait for my 8 year old to turn 10 lol. Tell me the eye rolling stops though! #fortheloveofBLOG
Urrr no- sorry!! 😉 xx
This is brilliant!!! Waking them up for school is a good one here guaranteed to provoke the anger beast. What kind of monster parents are we?? #fortheloveofBLOG
Oh my my. What a snapshot into my life in 7 years time!! And I thought the baby/toddler stage is hard… I forget they actually grow into people with feelings and attitudes! :-0 #fortheloveofblog
Oh no, I fear we have this coming with my six year old ? #KCACOLS
Haha this is so funny I remember myself doing some of these when I was younger ?. Thank you for linking up #fortheloveofBLOG
Haha brilliant, this reminds me very much of my 13 year old stepson – you have to laugh! Thanks for linking up to #dreamteam x
This is fab! I manage all of these without even trying! I must be an expert! #KCACOLS
Who knew it would be so easy! Hormones have a lot to answer for. There is also the ability of a 10 year old to pick an argument in an empty room! And still get the last word #KCACOLS
Yes that’s a classic! You sound like a pro! X
I think I am wearing the same shoes as you Sonia. Learning on the job!
Well I certainly wouldn’t want to anger a 10 year old. But I get mad when my husband say to clean our room, haha! #KCACOLS
this is hilarious!!! i can completely imagine my nieces and nephews doing this. My niece actually “lost” her battery to her cheap phone that her mum got her so the bigger kids wont nick her stuff so now after begging her dad she now has a second hand iphone 5 which i think is insane. #sharingthebloglove
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Really funny post, although I can’t help but think things will only get worse when she reaches this teenage years!
Oh how I can’t wait for my baby to grow into a stroppy pubescent monster! #KCACOLS
ah i have all this to come dont i! although my son is 3 and he gets annoyed if i give him the wrong flavoured crisps! Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday!
Sounds like my nephew lol. The room tidying bit especially. #kcacols
Oh dear, I have a two year old and was hoping the anger issues subsided! The thing is, I can remember being exactly like this with my mum – oh the shame! Thanks for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove
This is a little glimpse into my future! Friends with older children tell me that its harder with older children and I just smile at them and think really!!! But I know that I was like this when I was a child. Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove x
This made me laugh a lot! My son is really good, but this really reminds me of my sister! It’s also a scary insight to what my daughter might be like a few years!!