Life with a teenager is like parenting a whole new species. Gone are the days of never-ending questions from your constant shadow, the 3 am wake-up calls after a particularly ominous nightmare. Seemingly overnight, your sweet little kid transforms into a professional eye-roller, a person who can inexplicably turn “stop!” into a four-syllable word – that’s right, you’re the lucky parent of a full-blown teenager.
Greg Firely captures the chaotic energy of a teenager hilariously and accurately, using his real-life experience parenting his 13-year-old daughter, Ava. In a TikTok that’s been viewed over 20 million times, Greg demonstrates the absurdity of raising a teen by doing his best imitations of his daughter.
The video opens with Greg posing for selfies as Ava’s mom tries to get his attention, the impatience in her voice echoing with every repetition of Ava’s name. “Ava” finally responds with an irritated “what?!” before going right back to texting.
Every situation that follows is similarly relatable, with Greg flawlessly embodying the attitude and sass of a teenage girl. In the next scene, Ava’s mom walks in on Greg dancing in front of his wide-open refrigerator, likely mimicking the TikTok dances his daughter practices throughout the day.
“What are you doing?” Ava’s mom asks.
“Making a smoothie!” Greg replies as if it couldn’t be more obvious.
In another scene, Ava’s mom confronts Greg-Ava about her missing phone charger. A pile of chargers is clearly visible on the table, but evidence is no match for the will of a teen. Greg adamantly denies seeing the charger in question, protectively putting his hand over the pile.
Parents flooded the comments with praise, seeing their own teens in the dad’s imitations of 13-year-old Ava. “You nailed it,” wrote one user. “I see you’ve met my 13-year-old daughter,” joked another.
Fortunately, the good-natured mockery isn’t one-sided. In a follow-up video, Ava had an opportunity for revenge. The teen absolutely nailed it, imitating her dear old dad as he glared from the other side of the room. Life as both a parent and a teen is chaotic at times, but sometimes making light of the absurdity is exactly what we need.