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Why do teenagers think their parents are stupid

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It’s a pattern that’s been repeated through the decades. Why do teenagers think their parents are stupid? We have may have qualifications, challenging jobs, and manage the family budget, but we don’t know what lol means! Yes of course its laugh out loud, but until recently I did think it was lots of love. So if you have a teenager moving moodily around your house can you do anything to get down with the kids?

Social Media

Social Media isn’t for everyone, but it’s a massive part of life now and our teenagers devour it. Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Ask.fm are all popular platforms. Most adults now have a Facebook or Twitter account which is probably why teens are moving on. Nobody wants their parents seeing drunken pictures from last night’s house party. Being aware of different types of social media and how they are used may help you understand why you child is giggling into their iPhone 24/7.

It’s also responsible as a parent to know about the potential dangers of some sites and apps. More youngsters are using apps like Snapchat and Kik/WhatsApp to send instant messages and photos for free hidden from the eyes of parents and teachers. These apps are being used more for ‘sexting’ (sending flirty pictures) by teens which can be a cause for concern.

Technology and Gaming

teenagers think parents are stupidThis is another big area of teen life. We live in an age of ‘super technology’. Long gone are stacks of cd’s and cd players. I fondly remember walking to school wearing my walkman thinking I was fantastic. Today kids download music, store it on their phones, or listen to it via YouTube. The world of pc’s, consoles and gaming is also huge so make the effort to know what game they are into and who they are playing with if online. This requires effort;

For example my 2 year old wanted to dance to the Ylvis song ‘What Does The Fox Say’. After asking non-stop, I caved in and turned on the Xbox and use a feature called Xbox Bing. It enables you to search the web for things on your telly (yes, I’m struggling to keep up too!) I managed to connect the telly, via the Xbox to YouTube and find her favourite video. This took me 40 minutes to do. The whole time my toddler kept saying, “Come on mummy daddy find it”. Well daddy wasn’t in and I was! This is a 2 year old – imagine what a 14 year old with the hand eye co-ordination of Bruce Lee must think when you can’t even strafe your Call of Duty 2 figure around a warzone?!

Fashion, Music, TV

Adults will never fully understand teenage fashion or music. It’s our role in life to be slightly bemused by the size of a young girl’s hair and heels or to wonder why boys wear jeans half way around their bum! Of course we are stupid because we don’t dress that way and we’d become highly embarrassing if we did. Not knowing your Lady Gaga from your Katy Perry or One Direction from Union J will also render you stupid as will never having watched an episode of The Only Way Is Essex.

It’s Just What They Do

Even if we did know all of these things teens would find another reason to think we were a bit dumb. We don’t get their unique language first time round. We tell them that boy or girl isn’t worth crying over. We urge them to save not spend their money. We call their favourite song noise. No matter how cool a parent you are, something will trip you up in the teen world, so I say why try to change an age old recipe?



About Joanne Lowe

About Joanne Lowe

Joanne is a mum of three children all under the age of five. She came to parenthood quite late watching close friends change nappies and choose school uniforms while focusing on a career in radio. She is a broadcast journalist, newsreader, radio producer and parenting blogger, who juggles freelance work with minding her kids. Joanne was born in Australia and moved to the north of England as a child and thinks living in these two ‘no nonsense’ areas has made her straight talking. She is also mother to a baby boy who didn’t make it here. Joanne enjoys writing about being a mum and calls it her therapy. She spends most of her time trying to make sure that the right kid’s socks are in the right drawers, and getting her children to sleep and stay asleep! Joanne hopes her writing is honest with a dash of humour, and will give people real advice. In her spare time she usually stares into space and falls asleep, too tired to do anything more.

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