I remember what it was like being a teenager, even though it’s been quite a number of years since I was a teen. I see things my daughter does and sometimes memories of my teen years come flooding into focus. If you currently have a teenage girl in your home, then you might recognize some of the things I’ve listed below. Here are 8 things teenager girls enjoy doing, at least from what I can tell. Feel free to add your own ideas in the comment section.
8. Reading Popular Teen Magazines
These magazines rarely stay intact for long. They barely make it home from the post office before they are dissected. The pages with cute guys on them get plastered on the bedroom wall and inside the locker at school. The fragrant perfume ads get rubbed on neck, wrists, and on unsuspecting brothers if they happen to enter the room unannounced.
7. Discussing Boys
I can totally tell when there is talk of boys going on at the end of the hallway. There are certain types of giggles that my daughter and her friends emit when the subject of boys is at hand. I can also tell when this topic turns sour about a particular boy by the sounds of disgust that seep under the doorway.
6. Borrowing Each Other’s Clothes
I have no idea how they can all tell whose clothes belong to whom. I’ve washed a load of laundry and not recognized any of the clothing in the entire pile. Thankfully, my daughter has an excellent memory and knows exactly which blouse, skirt, socks, or dress belongs to each friend. I only had one friend in high school who swapped clothes with me, so that made it much simpler to remember who any stray clothing belonged to!
5. Buying New Clothing
I’ve never been much of a shopper, but my younger sister got me ready for a daughter who loves to shop. And, boy can she shop! My daughter is able to gravitate towards sales like no one I’ve ever seen before. When she and her friends go to the mall, it isn’t easy to keep track of where they all are. They storm into one store, try everything on, and have their purchases in hand before I even make it to the same store. It’s much easier to meet up in the food court at lunch time instead of me trying to keep up with them all. Talk about a workout!
4. Going to the Mall
Hanging out at the mall when I was a teen was never about shopping. It was all about watching the boys and talking with friends. We didn’t have cell phones, so it was hard to keep in touch with everyone in that aspect. We’d make a point to meet at the mall and alternate between walking around, peeking in stores, and giggling at cute boys. My daughter and her crowd seem to be more about the shopping than about boy watching.
3. Chatting on Facebook
I think one of the best features about Facebook is the ability people have to chat with multiple friends at once. This method of conversing is much easier than typing messages out on a cell phone, especially for a teenage girl who has tons of friends who are also online at the same time.
2. Talking on the Phone
My daughter is on her cell phone so much that I always wonder when she has time to charge it! I remember being confined to the area surrounding the telephone when I was a teen, due to the cord that attached the phone to the wall. I was thrilled when my parents got a longer phone cord and I was able to go out the door and sit on the porch steps while I chatted with friends on the phone. Times sure have changed!
1. Hanging out with Friends
I would think that this would be number one on a teenage girl’s list, since they can’t seem to be away from friends for very long. They go to the bathroom in herds. So, being with friends must be very important, right?
Even if you don’t have a teenage daughter in your home, I’m sure you’ve had at least some experience with teenage girls and recognize some of these things I’ve mentioned above. What else would you add to this list of 8 things teenager girls enjoy doing?
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