What Do You Think Of This Teenager

Is this a typ­i­cal teenager? Liza thinks it is help­ful insight — Mike feels like it’s just another whiney teenager.  What do you think?

10 Teen Truths Writ­ten by a Teen

We’re tired.

Even when we sleep and lounge around all day, we’re still tired. But, it’s funny, because although we’re a tired we never want to go bed at a decent hour. Par­ents, please, don’t nag about bed­time. It only makes us want to stay up later. 

We actu­ally do care about our grades.

Even if we act like we don’t care, we actu­ally really do care about our grades. Shhh, it’s a secret. Par­ents, please, don’t nag us about doing our home­work. It just makes us mad. Instead, help us set up long term goals and offer us small (or large) rewards for good grades. Money is always nice. Teenagers love money, but I’ll save that for my next list.

 We think every­one is watch­ing us.

We all think we’re being watched, talked about, and judged, when in real­ity nobody really cares. Par­ents, please, help boost our self-esteem. I know my mom def­i­nitely taught me not to not to put myself down or care what oth­ers think. It helps. Please do the same. 

We some­times hate on others.

Any­body beyond our group of friends who is seem­ingly cooler, pret­tier, more pop­u­lar, etc. is instantly despised. Par­ents, please, don’t angrily accuse us of being mean (even though we are), instead gen­tly sug­gest that we try to be a lit­tle more tol­er­ant. 

We will always want more.

Going back to the point of want­ing what we can’t have. We always want more because noth­ing is ever enough, or at least that’s how we feel. Par­ents, please, kindly, gen­tly remind us that we have a pretty good life hav­ing what we do have. 

We’re hun­gry.

We’re always hun­gry. Always. When our par­ents make din­ner, even if it’s good food, we never feel like eat­ing what they make. It seems like we always want what we can’t have. Par­ents, please, it’s pretty sim­ple; con­sider our food sug­ges­tions and get us our favorite snacks. 

We feel unloved sometimes.

We always feel like our sib­lings are loved more than we are and that they never get in trou­ble as much as we do. Par­ents, please, don’t be harder on the older child just because they “know bet­ter”. Try to treat all your kids equally and lis­ten to both sides of the story if there is a prob­lem. Don’t favor the younger kids. It’s infu­ri­at­ing! 

We like to complain.

Whether our head hurts or we have to take a math test, we’re always com­plain­ing. Par­ents, please, have sym­pa­thy for us and try not to get annoyed. At least we’re com­mu­ni­cat­ing. 

We get mad.

Nobody even tries to under­stand our point of view! We try to get our point across but every­body rolls their eyes and thinks we’re crazy. Par­ents, please, just lis­ten to us and don’t scoff at our ideas. At least try to under­stand and con­sider what we are say­ing. 

We pro­cras­ti­nate.

We truly want to get things done… but there are so many bet­ter things to do instead. Why do home­work when you can be on Face­book or Insta­gram? So much more inter­est­ing. Par­ents, please, we usu­ally get our stuff done even when we pro­cras­ti­nate so giv­ing us praise for get­ting things done when they’re due would be very encouraging.


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