Why Do Teens Take Their Parents for Granted?
One of the biggest challenges a parent faces is raising a teen. The period of adolescence is not for the faint hearted. If you want to handle this period of your child’s life then try to be prepared as best you can.
The one outstanding feature of many teens is their blatantly breathtaking self-centeredness. I mean, really, is anyone more selfish and self-absorbed than a teen? It’s no consolation for parents to be reminded that it’s ‘normal and all part of growing up’. Parents just want it to be over. They want their teen to be the sweet, charming and respectful individual they were before the age of thirteen.
Teens seem to take their parents and family for granted
- Mom will drive them anywhere at anytime.
- Dad will fork out pocket money for any reason.
- Younger siblings must keep out of their way never enter their bedroom or else.
- Mom will always be ready to provide meals and sandwiches at a moment’s notice.
- Dad will fire up the barbecue just because other teens are around and want burgers. Younger siblings must do their bidding yet keep out of sight.
- Teens feel they are entitled to wear the most expensive clothing labels paid for by mom and dad.
- Teens believe they are far too important to be burdened with chores.
The selfish attitude of teens drives many parents to distraction. It really is hard to understand why they are self-centered. It’s like they become toddlers again but only much bigger and much more demanding.
There’s no easy way to say this. Your teen is self-absorbed (like you when you were a teen). This is because a teen is morphing from a child into a young adult and is still caught somewhere between the two. It’s a confusing time for his or her body, mind, emotions and hormones.
The best parents can do is remind the teen everybody has to make an effort in order to survive in this world. Make sure your teen understands the rules have to be kept or else and wait for it all to pass (in a few years time).