Lately I’ve been observing my teenager and her life. Yes Im learning as a parent how to handle a teenager, but in this day and age it takes a courageous parent to deal with today’s teenager. Times are so different now and we are far more reliant on technology and the government, thus, we lead busier lives then families in the 1970′s would have.
How many parents now actually take the time to teach their kids about the meaning of respect, morals, family values, independence, responsibility, and just life in general?
I have watched and observed numerous teens from today’s world and it’s clear to me that 85% of teenagers and kids in general lack these character traits.
Is it ok to walk in someone’s home and back talk their elder?
Is it ok for a teen to talk to adult like they know it all and the adult is stupid?
Is it ok for the teen to tell the adult what the adult is going to do?
Is it acceptable for a teen to walk into a friends house and make a mess of their things, raid the frig and pantry without asking, invite theirselves over, yell at the adult and tell the adult they need to mind their own business, pitch a fit like a two year old when told the rules and then just leave because they refuse to follow the rules?
It is one thing to be rebellious, it’s another thing entirely to be disrespectful and bratty.
It’s it too much to ask to follow the rules?
I’ve had teenagers who’ve come into my home and destroyed it and just very bluntly refused to do what was asked of them. They were never invited or allowed back into my home. I will NOT put up with disrespect by anyone in my own home. But how many people view their homes and values the same way?
Are parents just too busy to teach their kids these things?
I know as a kid if I ever disrespected an adult, my hide got tanned. I knew better. I’m very old fashioned, but many people aren’t. Now, my kids are raised with the same morals and respective value, but sadly as I’ve found, many aren’t. Self respect is even lacking in today’s teens and children.
How do we change this? Can it be changed?