I have admittedly been doing an INSANE amount of babysitting lately. I’m not complaining about it at all- I absolutely LOVE hanging out with the kids. Their comments and viewpoints on life helps to keep my point of view neutral, optimistic, and fresh. Kids see the world through a completely different lens than adults do. I think that may be part of the reason teenagers are so “unbearable” – they are transitioning between their childhood viewpoints and their adult mindset. Going from expecting the best out of every situation to realizing that most situations don’t turn out exactly as planned can be traumatizing. I remember catching myself being unreasonable many times between the ages of 15 and 18 (and I’m sure there were hundreds more that I didn’t catch). Now, witnessing my brother at 16 years old, I can fully witness the unruly expectations of a “teen.” His intentions are so good and genuine, but when it is pointed out to him that another method may make more sense or be more efficient, the reaction is as if the world is ending.
I’m not saying that teens should be submissive to adults’ requests nor am I arguing that disrespectful behavior is condonable. I personally believe that if all parties displayed a bit more patience and the willingness to explain their viewpoints rather than just insist they are correct, there would be far fewer “crazy teenagers” comments.
Just a thought! :)