PLEASE don’t try to be one of my girl gang

Scottish Daily Mail - - Life -

Olivia Becci, 17, lives with her par­ents anna-Maria, 47, a teach­ing as­sis­tant and Mirko, 50, an elec­tri­cian, in North lon­don. She has a sis­ter amelia, 15.


1 AP­PAR­ENTLY, ev­ery­one out there has a daugh­ter who is really helpful, per­fect and thought­ful. That’s the lec­ture I get every time I don’t clear the ta­ble after din­ner or leave a bowl out of the dish­washer. Which is rare — hon­estly.

2 MUM, do you know how many times you’ve lec­tured me about ‘not leav­ing my drink unat­tended’ and ‘stay­ing with my friends’? Every time I leave the house. Even when I’m just off to a friend’s house party.

3 WHEN I go out to meet my boyfriend I’ll be wear­ing make-up. When I come back and the lip­stick has worn off, I get the same joke about kiss­ing. Cringe.

4 THAT hor­ri­ble screechy voice you use when you are shout­ing my name up the stairs sounds like the house is on fire. I’ll rush down to find you only wanted to ask me some­thing. Imag­ine if I did that to you! It’s just rude.

5 MUM, you’re 47. You stopped be­ing part of the ‘girl gang’ 30 years ago, so please stop try­ing to join in when my friends come over.

6 I’M TIRED when I get in from school. I don’t feel like en­gag­ing in a full ap­praisal of my day: what I had for lunch and what grades I got.

7 WHY are you so ob­sessed with my phone? You al­ways want to know who I’m mes­sag­ing and what I’m say­ing. It’s my life, and your mon­i­tor­ing is in­tru­sive.

8 YOU want me to work hard and get good grades, so why can’t I have a desk in my room? Work­ing at the din­ing room ta­ble isn’t prac­ti­cal — I can hear the TV.

9 EVERY night at din­ner you tell me to eat up my veg­eta­bles. And I will have to re­mind you, again, that I am not five years old.

10 IT’S the same with bed­time. I will go to bed when I am tired, and I really don’t need you telling me it’s time for ‘lights out’.


OLIVIA is wrong on one point: she does need to be told when it’s bed­time. She will of­ten head to bed at 11.30pm, with her lap­top, all set to watch a film, and gets so an­noyed when I re­mind her she has school in the morn­ing.

Ev­ery­one tells me she won’t be a teenager for ever. In­side that stroppy lit­tle madam is a con­sid­er­ate woman, just wait­ing to be un­leashed.

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