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When Your Teen's Eyes Roll

by Laural Porter

Posted on February 27, 2008 at 7:07 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 4 at 2:33 PM

My daughter's eyes rolled so far back in her head and her eyes
fluttered for so long that I thought maybe she was having a seizure.

But, when she finally opened her eyes and looked at me, I realized
she had just done an especially long teenage eye roll.

It was a reaction to a question my husband asked about her school day during dinner one night.

I really can't remember what he asked, but I'll never forget the eye roll.

My other kids, also teenagers, and I laughed. She made her point.
End of discussion on that topic.

This happened on the same day I read an article about teen brains and moodiness.
It has something to do with an area of the brain called the armygdala, which is involved with fear and emotions.

Apparently, it's still maturing in teens, and may explain why teens talk back to their parents,and maybe why they roll their eyes.

I wondered if I had the eye roll mastered when I was a teen. I have to remember to ask my Mom, though, I am sure I couldn't have done it as well as my daughter did.

I have loved raising teenagers. I have three teenage daughters and a 13 year old son.

We have fascinating dinner conversations and they try to keep me just a little bit hip.

The same daughter who rolled her eyes convinced me to let her get the upper cartilage on her ear pierced for her 16th birthday.

I had let my oldest daughter do it a few years ago, so I could hardly say no.

I remember former KGW Newschannel 8 staffer, Colin Cowherd, gave me one piece of advice that stuck with me.

"Piercing her upper ear, hec' that's better than a lot of other things.
She'll just rebel if you don't give in on the little stuff."

So, Colin is the reason all three of my daughters have extra assorted piercings.

I took them to a local place with a scary name, but it was sanitary and the people were nice and professional.

While we were there, I joked that I had thought about getting my belly button pierced.

My daughters said, "That is disgusting, Mom!"

( I knew they meant disgusting on me, not the piercing itself.)

I think that's when I did my own eye roll!

I'd love to hear your stories about raising teens.