Teensplaining is a thing

February 28, 2018 | by: Chris Pride

photo cred: Social Judo


The word “mansplaining” has become a buzzword in recent times.  To Mansplain is defined as “(of a man) explain (something) to someone, typically a woman, in a manner regarded as condescending or patronizing.”

Well, it seems that it’s not just men who condescendingly explain things.  It’s now teenagers.  During a forum discussion on Mumsnet a group mothers commiserated that their teens had taken the practice of patronizing them while explaining things.

One mom provided this example: “don’t you know that such and such a jumper is what you wear to school discos and no we don’t wear that for hockey practice anymore!”

Eventually another mom came up with the phrase teensplaining and the internet proceeded blow up with parents sharing their teensplaining stories:

“My 12 year old announced in the New Year that she hadn’t heard us shouting her for tea as she’d been Netflix binging on this show called ‘Friends’.”

“I’m constantly teensplained to by my 13 year old. It’s amazing how he knows so much more than me.”

Coincidentally, I recently had my own experience with teensplaining.  My 11 year old told me that she wanted to be a bobsledder like Heather Moyse.  She then rolled her eyes when I told her I knew who Heather was…  While she attempt to teach me about the 2 time olympic gold medalist I made sure to find this picture on my phone.


Do you have teensplainer at home?  Tell us more below!

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