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#1 3frogs4u

Posted 02 January 2020 - 02:14 PM

My 13yr dd 99% is replying with "i dont know " even about things she should easily know . For example we went bowling  - i asked her what size for shoes , she replies "i dont know".
I asked her why her friend moved , she responded "i dont know"
Anyone else having this battle ? When does it get better and does anyone have tips on how to not get an "i dont know" response. Its driving me mad

#2 magic_marker

Posted 02 January 2020 - 02:34 PM

Open ended questions is my only thought right now.

#3 got my tinsel on

Posted 02 January 2020 - 02:39 PM

My 20yo is the same.

Eg.  A friend of DD's recently posted that he had thought this year was his final at uni but he's now discovered that he has 3 semesters to go, not 2.

I asked DD why as they are doing the same degree, started at the same time etc.  I don't know, was the answer.  Didn't you ask?  No.  Why not?  That's being nosey, he would have said if he wanted people to know.

Eg.  So-and-so got a job.  Great, where are they working.  I don't know.  Didn't you ask?  No....

:doh:

Happens all the time.

#4 rosie28

Posted 02 January 2020 - 02:40 PM

My brother did this. My parents responded with “well find out!” at varying levels of intensity depending on the question at hand. Drove them bonkers. I was the opposite, I knew everything, which I imagine was just as annoying ;)

#5 #notallcats

Posted 02 January 2020 - 02:52 PM

View Postgot my tinsel on, on 02 January 2020 - 02:39 PM, said:



I asked DD why as they are doing the same degree, started at the same time etc.  I don't know, was the answer.  Didn't you ask?  No.  Why not?  That's being nosey, he would have said if he wanted people to know.



omg that is the EXACT conversations I have with my 12 year old. I thought it might end one day, seems not!

#6 Bono25

Posted 02 January 2020 - 03:27 PM

That's normal teenage behavior isn't it? 😉

#7 DogsLife

Posted 03 January 2020 - 12:33 PM

You could start replying with the "I don't know" back.  

My DD went through this stage and I started giving it back

DD - What is for dinner tonight?
ME - I don't know.

DD - Can I get a lift to such-and-such's house?
ME - I don't know.

Seemed to snap her mostly out of it after a few days.

#8 MerryMadrigalMadge

Posted 03 January 2020 - 12:39 PM

Reminds me of this....

https://youtu.be/_veIGGP1Uh4

#9 Tokra

Posted 03 January 2020 - 12:44 PM

View PostMerryMadrigalMadge, on 03 January 2020 - 12:39 PM, said:

Reminds me of this....

https://youtu.be/_veIGGP1Uh4

Omg, forgot about this!!!!

#10 magic_marker

Posted 03 January 2020 - 12:46 PM

View PostMerryMadrigalMadge, on 03 January 2020 - 12:39 PM, said:

Reminds me of this....

https://youtu.be/_veIGGP1Uh4

That's gold.

#11 IamtheMumma

Posted 03 January 2020 - 01:02 PM

View PostMerryMadrigalMadge, on 03 January 2020 - 12:39 PM, said:

Reminds me of this....

https://youtu.be/_veIGGP1Uh4

Was coming to post this. Teens in a nutshell.

#12 rainycat

Posted 03 January 2020 - 01:24 PM

My 10 yr old was saying “I’m not sure” to everything. Did my head in but I think we are nearing the end of this stage.

#13 Mumsyto2

Posted 03 January 2020 - 02:58 PM

Completely normal. Extremely irritating but completely normal. After a few years they seem to come out of the other side of it. I’m just surprised you seem to be getting three distinct words. Mine tended to morph it into a single word - idono. Similar to Idaho. So it may even get to that before getting better. It’s just a phase. May last a few years but just a phase and they all seem to do it. I’m sure someone will know come on telling us about their unicorn teen though.

#14 marple

Posted 03 January 2020 - 03:19 PM

No unicorn teens for me. Only advice is when they ask you for something to reply the way they do " Dunno", "not sure" "nah" etc.
I do a "sorry what did you say" when I get that response or more likely "soz didn't hear you grumpybum"
They do improve. Hang in there!

#15 wilding

Posted 03 January 2020 - 03:35 PM

:secret:Mum asks us something and we still reply with that, sorry mum! :rofl:




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