Parents Break Down What They Just Don't Understand About Teenagers

Ah, youth.

It's a concept lost on the young, so to speak. But youths are still basically a separate species, nonetheless. And we humans must deal with them.

Teenagers scare most adults. It's a time in our lives to be rebellious. It's a time some of us have willfully forgotten.


u/TheEpicRock3099 asked:

Parents of Reddit, What do you not understand about us teenagers?

Here were some of those answers.


Incremental Improvements

Not a parent but a teacher. For the most part teenagers seem nicer than they were 10 years ago. The pricks are still pricks, they pick on and mock anyone that's even slightly different to themselves but they'll always be a minority.

My question is where does the average teenager draw the line in the sand for who they bully?

Nowadays most know not to go after the kid with pronounced autism but they have no problem going to town on the kids that are clearly on the spectrum and have a hard time saying the right thing at the right time.

Can anyone shed some light?

kungfufreak

It's Actually Nine But Okay 

The other day in overwatch a teen said he was carrying when we lost, so I asked him if he was carrying us to defeat or what. His insult was "go work your 8 to 5 gramps".

Is having a job uncool?

noodle-face

I Don't Know The Boundaries

Growing up in the 80's drugs were around, and I thought my kids wouldn't be able to get away with anything because I know what was out there. Then over the decades the party drugs changes, and now I have no idea what my kids are up against. What are they up against?

What are the social pressures for today's kids?

RoveCove

It Goes So Fast


How the hell do you know what's cool or in trend nowadays. There's so much things going on at once and it seems like it changes on a monthly basis. I just don't have time for a whole lot of social media either.. like what.

IxuntouchblexI

Tick Tock.....

Why do you like tiktok so much? I get that some of the videos are funny, but I couldn't sit and watch an hour of them without losing my mind.

purplepotato43

Are Y'all That Lazy???

Why don't you just bring dirty kitchenware or rubbish down every time you come downstairs?

Why do you have to be asked to then have to do it at some point later?

If you did it regularly, it wouldn't be an issue and save you time and hassle.

bobsmirnoff86

Connecting As A Task

Why do you essentially give me that shake off. I try and connect with you, I see you going through pretty much the exact same things I did. You are me except half my age. I know the anime your watching, and used to hide in my room away from everyone when family came to visit in the exact same way you are. I see so much of myself in you, but when I try to reach out and connect I get pushed back.

When I was your age I wished that there was an adult I could talk to about anime like Yu Yu Hakusho, Zoids, and Dragon Ball Z. I chose to spend my time in fantasy and wished I had someone to talk to about but no one else in my family was like me. Now that I see you going through that same thing, why can't we talk? Maybe in 10 years we will be friends.

rapter200

Ah, The 90s

Fortnight dances. I don't know if that's a teenage thing or younger. It looks ridiculous. Of course, I used to skank to ska music, so I'm not one to talk.

homerbartbob

I'm Giving Up On You

Why you don't stand up more to parents or your boss or a teacher who gets in your way?

And, I'm saying this because I wished that I had, and I understand the power issues, and I get that standing up for yourself in healthy ways isn't taught, so it makes this harder. But got damn, y'all have internet and YouTube and information at your fingertips. If someone is being an ass to you, learn about healthy coping skills, online if that's all that's available, and also believe in yourself. Stand up against ideas and people that are oppressing you. Say something!

trixtopherduke

I Live In Darkness

I spent a lot of time alone in my room as a teen, so I get that and that's normal to me. But I don't get why my teens won't turn on a damn light. They will sit in darkness. Or try and do homework with no light. It's annoying and makes me laugh. I go in their rooms and flick lights on.

nix_besser

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Let's just toss them out, shall we?

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