Hope you’ve all been having a lovely weekend so far! What have you been up? I’ve been at the stables today, and spent the afternoon lounging around in my pj’s at home (which you’ll know if you follow me on Twitter *wink wink*).
Oh, Em. Stop with the self-promo, and GET ON with the post!
Right. So. As teenagers, sometimes we feel like we are a totally different specimen to the rest of the people in the world around us. Or do we feel like they are a different specimen? Either way, I’m not particularly a TYPICAL teenager. And often, we feel like our parents just don’t get us.
Therefore, this post is based on MY experiences. You may completely disagree with me. You may a be a parent yourself, and understand your kids a hundred percent. BUT, this is all a bit of light-hearted entertainment, so just enjoy the read.
Okay, here we go.
What My Parents Don’t Understand
- I am my OWN person – No matter how much you might think you can influence my decisions, and believe what you are suggesting is the BEST thing for me, ultimately, I am my own person. I need to choose what I think is best, and even if it doesn’t turn out as I expected, at least I followed my instincts. Take a step back, and let me make those wrong decisions. I learn from all my mistakes, just like you’ve learned from yours. And even if you’re trying to stop me making the same fail you did, I have to learn it for myself. It’s what helps me grow.
- I understand that your life is difficult and that being a parent isn’t easy – You don’t need to tell me these things every day. I know your life is busy, and although I’m not an adult, I’m smarter than I look. I already try my best to help you out, so you don’t need to keep reminding me of how hard your life is. And I’m not telling you that being a parent is easy, either. I don’t care if you get things wrong. You’re trying your best, and that’s all I care about.
- Being a teenager now is a whole lot different to when you were growing up – And this means your advice isn’t always fitting. It’s not that I’m deliberately going against you. It’s just that when I say you don’t understand, often that is true. I know this isn’t your fault, but it does get to me that you don’t seem to think it’s any different. Times, standards, daily life – everything has changed. And so has society. Please try and understand that.
- Me saying I want to lose weight, isn’t an automatic cause for concern – After Christmas, I weigh more now than I ever have done before. It’s natural for me to be disgusted by the extra flab on my thighs, and want to get rid of it. It doesn’t mean I’m going to take it to extremes. I just want to feel healthier again. So try not to worry whenever the topic gets brought up.
- Sometimes I just need to spend a bit of time away from you – Don’t get me wrong, I love you and my siblings to bits, but once in a while, I need a break. It doesn’t mean I don’t love you, and it doesn’t mean I value my friends more than I value you.
- I often shut myself in my room. It doesn’t always mean I’m depressed – Sure, sometimes it might. But sometimes I might just be enjoying the company of myself, my laptop, and some music. You don’t need to stress out too much.
- My life is hard too – As teenagers, we face struggles on a daily basis. And while you chuckle that I’m in a bad mood, or had a bad day for an unreasonable reason, it hurts. I don’t like it when you compare my ‘easy’ life to yours, because I know being an adult comes with a whole lot more complications and responsibilities. But don’t push aside the fact that my life isn’t all roses and candy. Accept it, and help me.
- I worry about you – It might not seem like it when I slam the door in your face, and scream at you down the stairs, but when you go out at night, and aren’t home by the time you say you will be, it would be nice to receive a text to say you’re running late.
- The stress of school and exams is different to when you were young – It’s a stated fact that the stress experienced in the teenage years is a lot higher than in your day. School places way more pressure than its ever done before. So please, give me a bit of leeway.
- I don’t mean for you to be disappointed – I genuinely don’t go out of my way to make life difficult for you. It just happens…I don’t want you to be disappointed in me, even if you think I’m trying my hardest to make you think that. I make stupid mistakes, and sometimes don’t try as hard as I should, but in the end, all I really want is to make you proud.
So there we have it. 10 things that my parents don’t understand about me. Or perhaps it’s a more generic thing. I don’t know. Let me know if you can relate to any of these, or if it’s just from my experience.
My parents are the most wonderful specimens to have walked this planet. They’re loving, encouraging and devoted. I just had the idea of this post, and I’m sure they wouldn’t be offended if it ever got handed to them.
What do you think your parents don’t understand about you? I’d love to hear in the comments!
I hope you all have a very relaxing weekend. Have you got anything nice planned for tomorrow, or just a day of rest and schoolwork?
Love, Em x
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