I’m sure you’ve probably heard of stereotyping. What are you supposed to do, what are you not supposed to do? Society is so judgemental, with so little clarification. Should I already be acting like a teenager? Am I supposed to be that goth person shut up in their room all day? I don’t want to be that way. Yet. Should I already be thinking about jobs?
My parents tell me they don’t want me to grow up so fast, and then they go and discipline me when I act immature, basically telling me to, “grow up.” Make up your mind! I see girls already putting on makeup during lunch at school. Isn’t school a place to learn? Don’t get me started on social media. I don’t care about what other kids are doing every second. I don’t want to look at a stream of boring pictures with drab titles. Oh, but when I’m bored and watch some quality YouTube for entertainment, my mom gets pissed and starts calling the YouTubers I watch “ridiculous.” If I could tell her off, I would – I’d get in trouble, though. Speaking of getting in trouble, I feel like sometimes my parents use their “power” over what I do for their own benefit, and if you’re a parent reading this, don’t tell me you haven’t done something like that at least once. If I’m calling them out on something, in a perfectly fine tone, and they don’t like what I’m saying, they’ll send me to my room – even if I’m right! So, tell me. How does that help me in the real world? If I’m at a job, and someone is completely wrong, and I call them on it, are they going to fire me for correcting them?
Sometimes my mom lectures me on how she was an easier kid than I am. How does that help me? What are you accomplishing by telling me this? Mom, when I’m mad at you, I don’t want to hear about what you did as a child. Usually when my mom lectures me on how she was an easier child, there is no moral, and she just repeats the same stories.
The last thing I want to talk about to wrap this post up is how the public thinks they can pick what I’m supposed to like. The same thing goes for my parents, all the parents in the world. If you don’t personally like what your kid likes, please don’t say anything. It pisses them off – they don’t care if you like it or not because they like it! Like when I’ve been watching YouTube videos and my mom will walk up behind me and start criticizing the video. That’s too far. I can see that reaction if I specifically tried to show you something, but if I’m just watching it, don’t say anything. Unless it’s inappropriate.) If it’s inappropriate, all you can hope for is that your child is thoughtful enough to realize that what they were watching is wrong. Sit them down and talk to them about it. Don’t try to yell at them. Don’t use anger or force. That makes them defiant, and creates a barrier in their mind that makes them want to do it, just because you said not to. Anger never works.
But that’s just what I think.