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8 behaviours you definitely engaged in when your parents went away

Did life get any better than this when you were a teenager?

BEING LEFT AT home alone for a weekend when you were a teenager felt like the best thing in the world.

You were home, alone!  With no parents! For the whole weekend!  You could do whatever you wanted (within reason), and boy did you exercise that ability.

We’re not talking Project X here, just your bog standard acts of tiny rebellion.

Here are eight behaviours you definitely engaged in if your parents went away for a few days.

Casually leaving all the lights on

Rosie stretches in the golden living room on the wood floor, school books & computer on the table, watching The Simpsons, sofa, chair, window, bench, drapes, art, rug, Christmas tree lights, Wedgwood, Seattle Washington, USA Source: Wonderlane

With no one around to shout ‘DO YOU THINK I’M MADE OF MONEY?’ you were free to experience light throughout the evening as you moved from room to room.

Going out?  Sure you might as well leave a light on to welcome you home!  Going to sleep?  Well you’ll need to leave a light on downstairs so people know there’s someone home.  In the house?  ALL the lights should be on!

Not bothering to close the curtains

Curtains, open Source: Matt Gemmell

Eugh, why bother? You would only have to open them again in the morning!

Leaving the immersion on for the whole weekend

immersion Source: Money Saving Expert

How could you possibly be expected to know when you might want to shower?

What if you suddenly decided to go out, or simply wanted to take a bath on a whim?  Best to just leave it on.

Leaving dirty dishes all over the place

before ... Source: eeemart

In your face mam and dad!  I’m not doing my dishes straight away and there is nothing you can do about it!

This, of course, really only punished yourself.  You were forced to hang around a filthy house all weekend and then had a mountain of dishes to do ahead of their return.  But still! You were taking a stand!

Sleeping in their bed

Sea Fizz holiday apartment bedroom 1 Source: Let's Unwind holiday lets

Looking back, it’s difficult to figure out exactly what this was about.  Why would you sleep in someone else’s bed when you can sleep in your own?

Presumably, yours was a single and theirs was a double.  Greedy gits.

Having mates over and acting like the big lad/lady

New series of E4 comedy 'The Inbetweeners' Source: PA Archive/Press Association Images

OUTWARDLY: Do whatever you want guys, I’m a cool person.  I’m so cool I don’t care about my parents.

INWARDLY: If those glasses leave rings on that table I am so dead.

Drinking things you weren’t supposed to

Stocked drinks cabinet Source: MsSaraKelly

I’ll just add a little water to the bottle, they’ll never notice…. ah, sure they won’t notice a little more… another drop won’t hurt… OHMYGOD THE WHOLE BOTTLE IS WATER.

Missing them a bit

Group family hug Source: Kai Hendry

Ah, come on.  You were happy when they got home, weren’t you?

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