(Closed) What is with the bratty teenagers?

posted 5 years ago in Parenting
  • poll: Do you think teenagers behave worse now than when you were a teenager?
    Yes : (52 votes)
    48 %
    No : (29 votes)
    27 %
    I have the same experience as you/I know lots of delightful teenagers : (10 votes)
    9 %
    Umm...where do find these delightful teenagers because that is not my experience? : (17 votes)
    16 %
  • Post # 3
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    Honey bee

    I think it’s a combination of both. 

    I know a lot of teenagers (since I’m only 20) and the majority of the ones I know are good kids. There’s a few that aren’t, but I think you could say that there’s a few bratty, immature people at any age group. 

    Post # 4
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I think most people are pretty nice, teenagers (past & present!) included. 

    Post # 5
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2005

    Teenagers are teenagers, part of their makeup is to be bratty.  There is a large amount of parents getting state of the art CRAP for their child…I’m sorry but does a teen really REALLY need an iphone?  Hell no.  But teens are always going to try to push the ‘rules’ of society…it’s what they do.

    Post # 6
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    Buzzing bee

    I am 25, so I was only a teen 7 years ago. I think the teens today are worse than they were when I was 15 or 16. I have seen some very vile teens. Look what some of them do these days! Like beat up homeless people and videotape it laughing? Were teens so vicious back in the day? My boyfriend is 24 and goes to the skatepark, so he sees a lot of teens. They seem to more drugs than they did when I was younger (I grew up in Lowell, MA), their language is more foul, and they have sex WAY sooner than they did when I was 15 or 16. This is all general of course, but I do believe teens are generally worse than they were when I was younger.

    Post # 7
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I’m a teacher and generally only deal with up to 12 yr olds BUT I can say in my 10 yrs teaching experience the percentage of behaviour (bratty) issues I have in the class has grown. In a class of about 30 I used to have 1 or 2 children that were horrible, now it’s closer to 5-10 (depending on the class). So yes the percentage of “good” teens is higher than bad and unfortunately they have a bad rap BUT i do think that there are now more “bad” teens than when we were younger ๐Ÿ™‚ 

    Argh I so felt like all of that was an “In my day….” post hehehehe

    Post # 9
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    It really depends on where you live, your social circle, etc. I know a ton of bratty, let’s just lock them up now, teens but they are underprivileged inner city youth. Volunteering in crime infested neighborhoods puts you in contact with that type. They are all gang members ๐Ÿ™ and most of them will eventually spend time behind bars. It is very sad but that is the reality. They are already heavily involved in drug running, theft, etc. Then there are inner city youth who are very kind and well mannered.

     Where I live out in the boonies some of the teens are very nice and well mannered. Mostly farm kids who work hard and take nothing for granted as one failed crop can mean hardship. There are others who think the world owes them. There are so many variables on what makes for a good kid vs. a bad kid. If you only know 20 teenagers from a certain geographical location/social circle I can see where one would think teens get a bad rap. It was very eye opening volunteering amongst inner city youth. I now know more than I ever wanted to about gang symbols, drugs and the life of crime. ๐Ÿ™

    To answer your question whether i think teens are better or worse today: I would have to say generally worse. There seem to be more single parent households with little income, less grandparents involved in childcare, more children being left home alone and getting themselves into trouble. I really think that fathers not being positively involved in a child’s life has a negative impact on society as a whole.

    I grew up in an entirely different world but even the area where I grew up as drastically changed for the worst. It has become very urbanized and family farms have been replaced with high rise developments and I am not that old! Drug dealers have moved in to replace cattle. Teens now hang out on the corner til 3 or 4 am. Instead of the hooting of owls one now hears that smashing of beer bottles or police sirens. Yeah not good! But that is just my observation from my geographical area ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Post # 10
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    I work with teens, so I have my share of exposure to both types…..there are good ones and bratty ones. About 50/50…Just like adults. =)

    Post # 11
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: January 2009

    @ShellVee:  +1. I’m a teacher too, and so is my DH, and this is totally true. we still love our “bratty” teens though because once you get to know them, they usually are good kids. and I’m talking about pretty rough kids. 

    Post # 12
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: January 2009

    @MrsFuzzyFace:  homeschooled kids are typically very different than kids who attend school.

    Post # 15
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2005

    @MrsFuzzyFace:  It’s entirely possible.  What I think of is those brats who tormented that older lady on the bus.  I think how the teen acts is a direct example of how the parents treat them.  I want to say that my little girl will grow up to respect others but only time will tell.  I will say however that if she where to do anything so completely disrespectul as to torment another person….she will learn to live in the dark ages…that means no phone, no computer, no TV.

     

    Post # 16
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    @MrsFuzzyFace:  I understand. The sweet kids I mentioned are ALL homeschooled. They are the type to help shut ins and start up a meals on wheels program. I am sure there are good kids from public school I just haven’t met them.

    The difference I see is that homeschooled kids have parents that are HEAVILY invested in them. The parents have made sacrifices so that one parent can stay home. Mom and dad tend to both be involved in schooling and are still together. Honestly most of the extended family tends to be involved in the child’s education in some form or fashion. The maxim it takes a village to raise a child is played out and it is to a child’s benefit. Children need so much love and attention. I honestly think it is nearly impossible for one single person to give them all the love and attention they need.

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