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Straighten Up

cool-teenage-quotes-5_copyI think it’s completely normal for teenagers to act entitled.

I don’t agree with it, nor do I give into it, but, it does make sense.

From birth, most kids are revered (adored, placed on a pedestal, worshipped).

Our parents break their backs working hard to provide beyond necessities and they have a hard time telling kids no. Birthday parties, vacations, surprise gifts, taking off work for performances, sick days, all that stuff.  And there isn’t a thing wrong with that.

However, you cannot very well expect a person who has gone from being the center of their families’ universe at age 3 to be expected to understand that the game has changed by age 13. (Unless of course a good job of instilling appreciation, character, initiative, etc. was done).

Teens get a bad wrap sometimes, but, their way of thinking and their ‘world revolves around me’ perspective is not all their fault.

That however does not get teens off the hook. From the moment the first person checks you (sets you straight/puts you in your place) your awareness should be heightened and your role should then begin to change.

It’s easy to think you know it all when you don’t even know what ‘all’ means or to think that every answer you have is better than those who’ve already been in your shoes.

It’s also easy to think people should continue to do for you, but the reality is, no one owes you anything beyond the basic needs and protections in life.

The things you enjoy today exist because someone thought of them and then put in the work and created them, books, ipods, tv, fast food restaurants, parks, sneakers, etc. You have all those same abilities too, if not greater.

Enjoy your teenage years. No one wants you to speed through your life.

We recognize that you;

  • are full of potential yet emotional at times (and that’s ok)

  • want to be successful but you are lazy sometimes and want success to just happen

  •  are strong and have great endurance and resilience however, you are still a child who is vulnerable and sometimes easily hurt and discouraged

  • forgive people easily and often teach adults a better way of handling things

Read some words of tough love from a judge below:wpid-Screenshot_2013-01-24-19-50-33.png

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