Yesterday we posted a compilation of tweets about parenting that either strengthened your resolve to never have kids, or, if you already have them, made you laugh and feel like you’re not alone. If you’re in the latter group, you already know what comes next, and we hope you’re prepared: your kids turn into teenagers.
Maybe it’s not as dramatic as it sounds. As a matter of fact, even if it’s been a while since you were a teenager, you’ll notice that not a lot has changed. Arguing about doing household chores is a time-honored tradition, trust and data privacy remain areas of contention, and parents are still bewildered by their teens’ surly attitudes. While it’s worth mentioning that 15 to 17-year-olds, in a recent study done in the US, reported higher rates of stress and mental health issues than adults, the researchers say teenagers self-awareness in this area makes them more willing to discuss and address its causes, and also noted young people’s attention to social issues.
For generations upon generations, we as humans have been reminding our parents that their sense of humor and cultural literacy are being buried by the passage of time. Parents going through this process now say that they’ve never felt more “boring”, and complain about the quality of their kids’ memes (any teenager who shows their memes to their parents is a brave soul - I’m glad I didn’t show my parents some of the garbage I talked about on forums when I was in high school.)
Being a teenager is also a time when you learn the skills that you’ll take with you into adulthood. After all, if you don’t like what your parents are making you for lunch, it’s time to make it yourself, even if it means having to learn what a cabbage is and how to use it.
Check out these tweets by parents who rise to the challenge, as frustrated and confused as they may be by the things their teenagers do.