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!!