GETTING older but not happy about it? Here’s how to maintain the facade of youthfulness even if it means being a bit of a twat.
Become obsessed with exercise
Becoming obsessed with exercise is a great way to seem young – and bore people senseless with your exercise regime. Extremely long runs are good, yoga is pretty tedious to talk about and cycling gives you the opportunity to wear disturbingly tight lycra.
Be visibly in denial about the relentless march of time by dressing like a teenager, regardless of your age. Eschew M&S knitwear for fast fashion, embracing bright crop tops and flared jeans like you did when they were stylish the first time around. If your children are revolted and suddenly want to throw out their whole wardrobe, you’re doing it right.
Use the latest social media
Children love it when their parents start following them on social media sites. It’s a great way to demonstrate an interest in their lives while also staying up-to-date about the latest celebrity scandals and memes. Make sure you comment on all of their Instagram posts, peppering your praise with ‘hip’ emojis like an aubergine or peach.
Join in on young people’s conversations
If you overhear two shop assistants chatting about the latest Kid Cudi track, try and jump in with an opinion, whether you have one or not. Ask them questions about ‘young people things’. To really look odd, ask if they’d like to go for a drink with you sometime, or what the coolest local ‘discos’ are.
Totally regress to your teenage years
Get drunk a lot, develop an interest in drugs even if you were never into that sort of thing 30 years ago, and try to sleep around. And for the true teenage experience, obsess about new bands that aren’t very good.