Teenagers: You haven't lived life until you've raised one

A look into our lives

Teenagers. Those things stuck between a middle life crisis and old age. Or so they would like to believe. And before you think for a second that i am an unhappy parent, i have news for you! I am one of those teenagers. Yip, those annoying people who think the world revolves around them and nothing, and i mean NOTHING is their fault.

So to the parents, i apologize on behalf of my fellow teenage friends. I know we give you guys a hard time and make life a tad uncomfortable but you were once our age too so keep that in mind.

What We Mean...

When we tell you we hate you, we don't really. We are just really confused and need to sort things out. Don't offer to help us if you don't want a raging, screaming fit. It's what we do best. We know and appreciated that you're always here for us. Thank you.

We do appreciate your advice when it comes to our relationships but please, stop trying to run them for us. We need to get hurt to learn from our mistakes. We love you and want you to understand that we need to experience life to know why you complain when your boss tell you to work weekends...

How We Feel

Times have changed since you were a teenager. You used to go for long walks on the beach or take your sweetheart to the drive in. In our day and age, we go to movies or parties and if we're apart from our loved one, message them like crazy or talk on the phone for hours. We are greatly influenced by peer pressure because we don't want to be left out. An outsider. We want to be accepted and be "cool" and we do make wrong choices. You, as a parent, worry about us constantly and you have every right to. But don't constrict our lives and take away our freedom. We will only rebel more against you.

A Final Note

We love you as you love us. We appreciate all you do for us even though we forget to tell you. Thank you Mom for doing our washing and picking up after us. Thank you Dad for the pocket money. Just because we say and do hurtful things doesn't mean we don't love you. It means we made a mistake but will learn from it.

To all the parents in the world, i wish you hope and a strong bond with your teenager. Most of all though, GOOD LUCK.

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Lady_E 7 years ago from London, UK

This is quite touching. Sometimes, I really like to know what goes on in the minds of Teenagers. lol. It's a very challenging time for parents and the fact that some teens are also influenced negatively by other Teens doesn't help.

We need more Teen Articles on HP. Thanks :)


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CiscoPixie 7 years ago from I'm in a world of my own, but aren't we all? Author

thank you :) I will try and write a few more. Us teenagers are other creatures :-D


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Peggy W 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

Have been there (a long time ago!) and survived. Keep us posted as to how you are doing. Congratulations on the hubnuggets nomination!


Duchess OBlunt 6 years ago

Thank you for sharing this. It's refreshing to hear from "the other side". Keep it up.

Congrats on the Nomination, and good luck. Go out and get all your friends to vote for you :)

Good job


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CiscoPixie 6 years ago from I'm in a world of my own, but aren't we all? Author

oh my gosh i didnt even know i had one! :) Thank you so much to everyone who commented. There are other hubs on teens if you'd like to read them. Ang Peggy, i will keep you posted :) thank you Duchess


ralwus 6 years ago

Well, young people are no different than we were in my day. You just have these wonderful inventions we grew up ignorant of. Air Conditioning [none in house nor car]cable TV, DVD, we didn't even have a VCR. Cell Phones, we had 'Party Lines' and tin cans with string. One vehicle per family usually. No shopping on Sundays, everybody went to church, mostly. No Malls or Strip Plaza. Then overnight it all changed and here you are. My time flies, and so will you. I hope you achieve all your dreams.


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CiscoPixie 6 years ago from I'm in a world of my own, but aren't we all? Author

thank you ralwus :) things have changed drastically and i believe that teenagers from this modern day wouldn't be able to cope in those times. It's a pity, i would of loved that instead of being so dependant on things now. I hope to achieve all my dreams. Thank you kindly :)


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RedElf 6 years ago from Canada

Congratulations on your nomination!


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CiscoPixie 6 years ago from I'm in a world of my own, but aren't we all? Author

thank you RedElf :)


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ripplemaker 6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Hi CiscoPixie, I love the way you shared your heart and thoughts. Perhaps the more parents read and listen, understanding can bridge the gap more. Congratulations for being a Hubnuggets Wannabe! Alright! Vote and promote okay? :) The Hubnuggets this week is right here: http://hubpages.com/hubnuggets10/hub/Signs-That-Yo...


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CiscoPixie 6 years ago from I'm in a world of my own, but aren't we all? Author

Thanks a lot ripple :) i agree with you!


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rmcrayne 6 years ago from San Antonio Texas

You hit on some good key points. Congrats on your HubNuggets nomination.


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CiscoPixie 6 years ago from I'm in a world of my own, but aren't we all? Author

thank you very much rmcrayne :)


steve rensch 6 years ago

Do consultations???


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CiscoPixie 6 years ago from I'm in a world of my own, but aren't we all? Author

@ steve rensch:parent/teen consultations?


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macbeth25 6 years ago

My wife and I have six children, 10 grandchildren and 5 (so far) great grandchildren. One of our children once came home from school and told us they felt uncomfortable. We asked why and the reply was “You’re still married.” We now have been married for more than 40 years – yes, I know there are couples married far longer – we’re working on it. When we were on Elmendorf AFB, AK, four of our children were going to school on base, two in Anchorage. The oldest of those on base called home and said “We’re being kept after school.” My wife asked “What did WE do that WE’RE being kept after school?” Our daughter replied, “No, Mom, we didn’t do anything wrong. There are moose in the school yard and they won’t let us outside.” My wife and I have a simple policy regarding our grandchildren, etc. We will respond to questions and tell what we did under as similar conditions as we might have experienced but we do not try to tell them what to do. We believe that growing up is something all of us must do and, whether or not the situation seems similar, there is really little possibility that it is.


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CiscoPixie 6 years ago from I'm in a world of my own, but aren't we all? Author

That's a long marriage! May you have many more years together. I agree with you; growing up is something everyone should do although i am not quite ready to myself! Thank you for your comment!


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago

Cisco Pixie,

This was a nice hub and well written.

Thanks for sharing your open and honest feelings

about being a teenager today. Keep the lines of communication open with your parents. It really does help.

Blessings

Congratulations!


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CiscoPixie 6 years ago from I'm in a world of my own, but aren't we all? Author

Thank you very much DeBorrah :) God Bless


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Mighty Mom 6 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

Are you a teenager in disguise? Seriously, you've got the whole scenario down pat. Great hub.Congrats. MM


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CiscoPixie 6 years ago from I'm in a world of my own, but aren't we all? Author

I could be one! No ma'am :) i am just a teenager who wants to show the world what we're like.


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Lee Boolean 6 years ago

nicely done CPix,

at least one teenager who knows you lot are difficult. Thing is though that things may have changed since we were young, but teenager difficulties did not. Its hard to transition from child to adult, and today you are older than you've ever been, and you see things differently than yesterday. The important thing to remember is that you will know even more tomorrow. Accept that your parents will always see you as a five year old, and their advice is mostly valid, if sometimes unwelcome.

here is a famous quote regarding teenagers:

"Children today are tyrants. They contradict their parents, gobble their food, and tyrannize their teachers."

Accredited to Socrates (469 BC - 399 BC)


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CiscoPixie 6 years ago from I'm in a world of my own, but aren't we all? Author

thank you Lee :) and thanks Socrates! You summed that one up well!!


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steffsings 6 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

Thank you for this post, it is a great reminder of the good in today's young people & is confirmation & back up for teens looking for acknowledgment that they are real people - not just someone's offspring. It just goes to show - there's nothing new under the sun though, I remember expressing these same sentiments when I was a teen. But now it's your turn to break through the expectations of the 'old ones' & become your own person. I wish you well on your journey. God bless you & Congrats on your nomination - you deserve it!


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CiscoPixie 6 years ago from I'm in a world of my own, but aren't we all? Author

Thank you steffsings :)


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Chin chin 6 years ago from Philippines

I don't have teen-aged children yet but I'll try to remember you said in your hub when they start to give me some difficulty as teenagers. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.


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CiscoPixie 6 years ago from I'm in a world of my own, but aren't we all? Author

thank you for sharing chin chin :)


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oliversmum 6 years ago from australia

CiscoPixie.Hi.Well you have certainly thought of everything,having been through raising 2 boys through their teenage years ( some years ago now).It was hard at times,but very rewarding most of the time,they used to sit on my bed and tell me their problems,talk quietly to one another,that seemed to work wonders,it was always strictly confidential,which to a Teenager is very important,and I knew they loved me for who I was.thank you,A lovely hub. :) :)


Pat 6 years ago

I never told my parents I hated them. Good thing, because they died when I turned nineteen. I never had that guilt to live with.

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