“Go socialize but stay away from the clubs!”
“You need to exercise, but you can’t run alone.”
“We aren’t interested in what you write in your journal, but what aren’t you telling us?”
Do these sound familiar? Yes, they probably do for most us and reading it makes one understand a little bit more as to why teenagers find parents confusing.
Parents can be confusing on the best of days, but now, they have taken things to a whole new level. Just a few weeks ago, everything was normal. Life was easy and life was uncomplicated. Mom was always shouting for us to get off our phones and to go outside, because that’s how they grew up. Skipping in the streets and throwing stones, but mom, life is different now. We are a new generation.
Well, as we are going through a lot right now in the world, let’s look at it this way - what is a teenager supposed to think when their parents have always told them to get off their phones and go socialize with real people? But now, told to stay away from real people and to get back on their phones? Which is the right option, and which is the wrong? Argument can be made and boiled down to which is more toxic, social media or COVID-19?
Yes, that’s a tricky one and no we do not have the right answer, but no one does. If you are a teenager reading this, we understand, we have all been there and have all looked at our parents and thought “okay well, what planet are you actually from because it is definitely not earth?” What we can tell you is that your parents are just as confused as you are, but they are trying their best. Especially being in a world where social media is toxic but COVID-19 is deadly, so give them some time.
In uncertain times like these, we need to understand that there is a silver lining, even if you can’t see it right now. It is not easy to be a parent or a teenager, but an easy decision that both can make is today, tomorrow and for however long COVID-19 may be around, stay at home, be on your phone, but don’t skip in the house and throw stones like your parents used to.
Value this time together, socialize with your teenagers, and teenagers socialize with your parents. Bring out the board games, monopoly if you are brave enough, and take our advice: enjoy every second, every moment and every bit of time spent together.
To the teenagers, you now have time to understand your parents, and you will soon realize they aren’t actually that bad.
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