For the longest time, all you had to do was look for a video game machine to tell if there was a teenager in the house. Unfortunately, the number of adults who engage in this type of entertainment has made that sign obsolete. You might also have been able to tell there is a teen in the house by looking for greasy, fat-filled, processed junk food. Again, there are now too many adults who can’t resist the heart stopping goodness of these foods. So how can you tell if a teenager is lurking within a domicile? Here are a few signs.
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1. Shoes. One sure way you can tell if there is a teenager in the house is finding shoes in the middle of the floor. This doesn’t mean the presence of shoes (which is universal) or even the number of shoes (which is gender based) itself is the sign. It is shoes left right where you are likely to step that is the giveaway. Do they stop in mid -tride, remove their shoes and drop them where they stand? Do they toss them out into the floor from where they sit? Is it some kind of perverse attempt to punish distracted parents and inexperienced adult visitors? Whatever it is, no matter where you turn in a house with teens you will trip over shoes.
2. Water Bill. To find out if you are in a house with a teenager just check the water bill. Every month hundreds of gallons of extra water pour through the pipes of a house with teenagers. And why, you ask? Thirty-minute showers, that’s why. Seriously, after 5 minutes what is left to wash? What could they possibly be doing in there all that time? (Don’t ask.) Exorbitant water bills equals teens in the house.
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3. Wet towels. More families enter therapy over screaming arguments about wet towels left anywhere but hung up to dry than for any other reason. (OK, this may be a bit of an exaggeration.) What is so difficult about taking the wet towel you just used to dry off your body cleaned for over 30 minutes under constantly flowing water and hanging it up to dry for use the next day? It sounds so simple. But, no! In a house with teenagers wet towels appear on the floor, on the bed, on the wooden dresser; anywhere moisture will ruin the finish or dampen the surface. Then, by the end of the day, the moist, dark surface of the towel has blossomed into a nasty stinky mildew-ridden science experiment. And there are no clean towels to dry off with. Let the screaming begin.
4. Posters as art. OK, not everyone has fancy taste in art, but only a house with teenagers has posters on the bedroom walls. Albert Einstein sticking his tongue out. Scantily clad male or female hotties. Band members either dressed for Halloween or looking like they just fell out of bed after a hard night of partying. Cute, cuddly animals. Cool advertisements from companies marketing products to teens. You know, high art. Teens apparently can’t resist.