Parents often lament the difficult teenage years ― but angst and chaos can start early, leading the funny moms and dads of Twitter joke about the preteen years as well.

We’ve rounded up 45 funny tweets about parenting preteens. Enjoy!

Preteens are living proof that you can love someone with every fiber of your being while still hoping they’ll leave the room.

— BadParentingMoments (@BPMbadassmama) March 19, 2015

I spray deodorant on my 12yo son while he’s sleeping. You’re welcome.

— Abe Yospe (@Cheeseboy22) September 10, 2018

You think you are going to be a cool hip parent, then your 12 year old daughter wants a pair of plain gray sweatpants that cost $58.

— Simon Holland (@simoncholland) October 30, 2018

I like to make sure my preteen never wears an outfit ever again by telling her she looks really cute in it.

— m🙈mma unfiltered (@MommaUnfiltered) June 24, 2018

The awesome thing about having a preteen is that they make you feel like you have superpowers.

Like the superpower of being able to embarrass them just by being in their presence in public.

— Beau Coffron (@lunchboxdad) November 16, 2018

New show idea based on my preteen: “The Sighing Years”

— Wendi Aarons (@WendiAarons) July 7, 2013

12-year-old son: Eats 3.6 million calories per day, doesn’t gain an ounce.

Me: Watches him eat it, gains six pounds.

— Steve Olivas (@steveolivas) February 21, 2016

My 12yo and her friend are going through a phase where they just say “huh-whut” and “yayyyyy-yuh” and “okyay!” like Lil Jon and I hope it’s not just a phase bc I like them better this way

— Sarah Wine-Thyre 🇺🇸🏳️‍🌈 (@SarahThyre) June 2, 2018

If you think hope is dead then you must not have a pre-teen asking you every day for his own cell phone.

— MamaFizzles (@MamaFizzles) February 2, 2017

Asking a group of preteens to be quiet bc it’s time for bed isn’t even the stupidest thing I did today.

— m🙈mma unfiltered (@MommaUnfiltered) July 1, 2018

11yo: Let’s go out and buy notebooks.

Me: Didn’t I just buy you a notebook?

11yo: Yes.

Me: So.

11yo: I don’t physically need a new notebook. I emotionally need a new notebook.

— Seasonal Mancino-Williams (@Manda_like_wine) June 24, 2018

I’m think God gives preteens eye rolls & attitudes so that parents don’t get too nostalgic about our kids growing up so fast.

— Beau Coffron (@lunchboxdad) August 13, 2016

Me: Just because you have those now doesn’t make you better than us. We are still your family.

My 12 year old daughter taking out an AirPod: Did you say something?

— Simon Holland (@simoncholland) December 27, 2018

My 12-year-old just called The Goonies an “old-timey movie” and I’m sad he has to move out now.

— Kim Holcomb (@kimholcomb) February 27, 2018

12yo son forgot his electric toothbrush — so now he has to MOVE HIS ARM to brush his teeth.

His protest was legendary.

— Steve Olivas (@steveolivas) September 4, 2016

Just overheard my 11yo son on the phone with his friend, “Don’t worry, I will bring some of my dad’s money.”

— Abe Yospe (@Cheeseboy22) November 11, 2017

Pro tip: when pre-teen daughter asks if you can talk, tell her, “Only if it’s about YOUR CHANGING BODY.”

— Jennifer Weiner (@jenniferweiner) April 4, 2013

I just took 4 preteen girls to dinner and I’ve never been more thrilled to be completely irrelevant.

— BadParentingMoments (@BPMbadassmama) February 28, 2015

The 12yo has a friend over and Bath&BodyWorks vapor is seeping out of her room like poison gas in a 60s sci-fi movie.

— Sarah Wine-Thyre 🇺🇸🏳️‍🌈 (@SarahThyre) February 24, 2018

‘If you’re gonna run away, you’ll need a sweater and better shoes’ is something I just told my preteen as he stomped down the driveway.

— JennyPentland (@JennyPentland) January 27, 2013

Me to my 12yo “By the way, I’m chaperoning your school dance tomorrow night.”

*gently lays out MC Hammer pants and starts quad stretches*

— One Classy Motha (@MothaKim) December 4, 2015

When my 11yo daughter is mad at me, she’ll sing an annoying earworm-type song until it’s stuck in my head, then walk away grinning. Thing is, I’m so impressed by the level of her evil genius that I can’t even punish her for it.

— Kim Bongiorno (@LetMeStart) August 27, 2018

Me: Boom! Drops the mic!

12yo: Nobody says that anymore Mom.

Me: Oh? What do they say?

12yo: I’m not telling you.

— Experienced Bad Mom (@ExperBadMom) January 18, 2016

Over lunch my 11yo couldn’t think of the word hot dog and called it a potato cock.

— Seasonal Mancino-Williams (@Manda_like_wine) November 27, 2018

Trying to convince myself shopping with a preteen is fun but she got stuck in her dressing room and a little voice in my head said, “run, it’s your only chance to escape.”

— Jessica Watson (@JessBWatson) December 8, 2018

KEEP OUT: A sign on a door that means, “It’s time to buy your pre-teen books about puberty.”

— Barmy Rootstock (@IbecameMyDad) March 8, 2013

My 12yo and her friend ordered Panda Express from Postmates and I have Ginuwine’s “Pony” queued up to blast when the delivery guy gets here just to embarrass them.

— Sarah Wine-Thyre 🇺🇸🏳️‍🌈 (@SarahThyre) July 7, 2018

From my brother

“My preteen told me she does everything. I do nothing.

I shut the main breaker off to the house and went to bed.”

Your move

— No Idea: Daddy Blog (@byclintedwards) April 27, 2016

“I can’t wait to get my braces off,” said my 12-year-old son, on the way to getting his braces put on.

— Whit Honea (@whithonea) February 19, 2018

My wife and I just lipsynced the entirety of Bohemian Rhapsody and if you need my 12 year old you can find her under the kitchen table. In case you’re wondering what winning at parenting is like.

— Beau Coffron (@lunchboxdad) September 3, 2018

Me, my daughter, & Joni. Clear in the way she keeps stopping to listen that Blue speaks to her tortured preteen soul like it spoke to mine.

— Krista O’Reilly (@krista_oreilly) December 20, 2014

You may think there is enough alcohol in the world to drown out the squeals of preteen girls who just went to their 1st dance


— m🙈mma unfiltered (@MommaUnfiltered) June 3, 2017

My 12 year old’s favorite thing to do on summer break is sleep in past 11:00. My favorite thing is to remind her what time the bus comes when school starts back.

— Simon Holland (@simoncholland) July 25, 2018

12yo son just got up and applied Axe.

Now the dog won’t come upstairs.

— Steve Olivas (@steveolivas) October 15, 2016

I told my 12yo to get off his iPad and go outside and he said, “No. I’m not like that.”

— JennyPentland (@JennyPentland) October 8, 2017

Today’s win: Finally trained my phone to quit autocorrecting to “duck”.

Today’s loss: Just texted my 11yo that’s he’s a lucky fuck.

— inappropriate mom (@nicfit75) August 9, 2018

{whispery narrator voice} Let’s watch as the preteens who’ve been grounded for 1 wk from electronics approach their moment of freedom.

— Emily Wassaillingham (@ejwillingham) September 16, 2011

My 12 year old son is going to his first play with us tonight. I convinced him that everyone wears fanny packs to plays. We had to go buy him one at Walmart, but it will be worth it.

— Abe Yospe (@Cheeseboy22) August 13, 2018

12 year old son: Mom, you know we have dances now, right?

Me: Yeah, why? Are there lots of pretty girls at your school?

Son: *sighs* No, mom. I’m going for the snacks.

— Stabbatha Christy (@LoveNLunchmeat) September 6, 2018

If some preteen YouTube star could create a Clean Your Room Challenge or even a Put Your Clothes In the Hamper Challenge that would be awesome.

— Jessica Watson (@JessBWatson) August 3, 2018

There’s suffering and then there’s preteen girl can’t find her hair straightener on school picture day suffering.

— The Dose of Reality (@TheDoseTweets) August 30, 2016

No horror compares to watching your pre-teen girl try on her first padded swimsuit.

— Stella G. Maddox (@StellaGMaddox) June 23, 2013

12YO singing along the Christmas music radio station: “Now bring us some frickin’ pudding, now bring us some frickin’ pudding” (didn’t correct her)

— Sarah Wine-Thyre 🇺🇸🏳️‍🌈 (@SarahThyre) December 7, 2017

I am ready my 12 year old to have a phone, mainly so that I don’t have to yell upstairs for her.

— TheBabyLady (@thebabylady7) October 5, 2017