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Date posted - October 22, 2013

Most people look down on teens. Saying we don’t know anything or don’t pay attention to the world. Well there are some good teenagers. and everyone fails to acknowledge them.

One of the main problems is that I have asked 3 adults the same question this week about the government and received the same answer,”Its a long story”. Now, how are we supposed to learn things if its all a “long story” or “too difficult to talk about”? I am not saying that we need everything explained to us, I think we are capable for learning things on our own but, I for one don’t have the time to watch the news or research things between school, homework and activities. ”

Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.” 1 Timothy 4:12

So young people, I encourage everyone to live up to that verse. No matter what the adults tell you, nothing is too long or too difficult to explain. Take the time and explain it. It will make you and the other person a better person for it.

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18 Responses to “Teenagers”

  1. Robert Keller says:

    “Everyone fails to acknowledge them.” I guess that includes me since you say everyone. Nice that you grouped me in without asking me before you ran your jibs.

  2. Free Man says:

    If you don’t have time to watch the news or research it yourself how will you find the time to listen to us old farts explain it to you in a long and drawn out fashion?

    Search the net for multiple sources, watch all differing opinions from multiple outlets and listen to your elders and you will be able to draw your own conclusions. I find it hard to believe you “Can’t find the time”.

    • clueless says:

      Don’t be that ….. Get off the internet and go teach some of these teenagers then. Be a good role model and maybe they will change their minds about all adults being rude because that is the only people that they have seen.

  3. Tim says:

    I hope that the writer of this op-ed does not include everyone in that catagory. Not all of us look down on teenagers. I personaly think our teenagers are an awesome part of society. The writer of this op-ed, could not have stated her/his opinion any better. I applaud her/him. As ‘adults’ we need to take the time to answer such questions. However in ‘our’ defense, (if there is one) we don’t sometimes even know ourselves what is going on. No excuse, it is just fact. Be patient with us.
    It is young people like this writer that make me proud of our teenagers. Keep up that support for each other that you (the writer) have displayed!!!
    And for those she/he has addressed that look down on our teenagers, shame on those ‘adults’.
    We have great teenagers, yes, sometimes they make poor discissions, however, when have we adults made some of our own.

    • Ducky says:

      I’m only 21 years old and BOY have I already made a lot of poor decisions. Things like buying a $500 car instead of saving up for a better vehicle, having a house of my own while attending college full time, working full time overnight shifts as a college student, and getting engaged at a really young age. I’m sure EVERYBODY makes poor decisions similar to these. It’s a part of growing up. It’s painful to learn by trial and error. And I have also tried looking for advice from the older generations.
      But come’on. Don’t persecute this kid for ranting on how adults (whether some, most, or all) tend to avoid his questions and leave him to fend for himself. If you have kids of your own, don’t you try to raise them so they don’t repeat the same mistakes as you did? How many of you didn’t get a higher education because you had a child at too young of an age? How many of you have been talked into buying a lemon car? Why help your own kids when they complain and then turn around and ignore another teen who cries for help? None of us are perfect. Heck, I’ll admit that I’ve blown off some other kid’s worries. And I am sure all of you have to at other moments in your life.

      And to the writer:
      I don’t really want to defend the adults that you are upset about, but when a person works 8-10 hours a day, sends 25% of their earnings to the government, pay 30% of their income on housing, and spend the rest on over due bills… they/we get a little cranky. It’s not a good excuse, but sometimes adults don’t want to deal with other people’s problems when they have a huge pile of their own worries. Stack on top a teen who wears uses the word YOLO or wears their pants down to their knees asking questions (not implying that you, yourself are like that) and things get a little frustrating.
      Here’s what I learned during my teen years. If possible, ask a younger adult who’s closer to your own age but has been independent for awhile. They are fresh and just accomplished the transaction into being a grownup. Also, they would have more in common with you and would relate to you better than someone a couple generations older than you. Let’s say you are struggling with math in high school. Would you rather ask a parent/grandparent or an upperclassman who took the course the year before?

      Overall, I think it would be better the next time an adult blows you off, try to put yourself in their shoes. If you had little to no time to yourself, barely keep any money you make, etc., you’d have very little tolerance yourself. So try to ask someone as close to your age as possible who might know the answer.

      • Free Man says:

        Ducky, I applaud you for doing what needs to be done to make it happen. I was in your shoes 25 years ago and remember how tough it was going to NCC and working full time, but it will pay off in spades for you going forward.

        Another thing to consider when asking the older generation about the government or way of the world is that it has taken a lifetime of information and life experiences for us to have come to our way of understanding how it all works. To ask us to pass it on in one or two easy lessons would be like asking an algebra professor to teach you advanced mathematics in the same amount of time. We can steer you in the right direction and help you on your journey, but it is really up to you.

  4. SLOW DOWN says:

    I do believe everyone is missing the point. Just cause they r teens doesn’t mean they deserve less of our attention. That is what is wrong with this world now a days. People don’t take time. Time to explain, time to see, time to love, time to educate, time to give attention, just time in general. We are all to busy with our lives to slow down and notice the little things. Personally I am guilty of this. I have to remind myself daily my kids wont always b young, enjoy em now and help em thru this rough life. PLEASE SLOW DOWN and take TIME for others no matter age.

    • An Idea says:

      I think whats wrong with the world is kids get everything handed to them (cars, gas , don’t have to do any chores at home). Maybe if parents would make them earn there way they wouldn’t be looking for answers they would figure it out on their own.

  5. Philip says:

    Since when do teens listen to us anyways?

    • Ducky says:

      Since when do adults listen to teens? You know, every teen (even yourself) has a rebelious side. Here, you have an adolecent who is seeking answers and turns to you. And the first thing you do is post a smart-allic response.

      • Dug says:

        Yep, that’s us “old” people, nothing but a bunch of smart-alics…the teenagers, or the ones that have just gotten out of that catagory know more about whatever it is than we do or ever will. Just ask my son. Ducky, I don’t remember anybody on this post asking a question, it was a post, a comment, telling ALL of us older people that we don’t listen or won’t explain something to younger people. Maybe just maybe we get tired of explaining. Sometimes it seems that it just goes in one ear and out the other, or it’s just totally ignored.
        Instead of getting on your high horse and bad mouthing ALL adults, then maybe you should look a little harder for the ones that will explain things so you understand. Seems like putting ALL adults in that same catagory is pretty petty if you ask me. I understand about people not taking the time to explain things, but when you have to do the explaining of the same thing over and over and over again, it gets to the point where us adults get tired of repeating ourselves and for what? So that the young people can just catagorize us all? No thanks. I am not unique, I know there are other parents that feel the same way, but with today’s society parents are put under the microscope on every thing we do and say. We should be patient, we should be kind, we should share information, most of all, we should care about each other. It’s not a perfect world and if you aren’t getting the answers you are looking for, then try somewhere else, the library for starters. Maybe instead of commenting on how wrong parents or adults are or how dissatisfied you are with an answer you get from an adult, then like i said, do something else about it.

  6. Ducky says:

    I have a few comments about this post. I am a 21 year old adult who is going to school full time and go to work after class. Even though my time is short, I’m still endowed in my community and politics. I do most of my research on my own and listen to multiple news organizations on any social problem.
    As someone who is not much older than you, if you are seeking information on US politics and other social problems, there are plenty of adults at NCC who would love to help answer your questions. And depending on who you talk to, they won’t only give you an answer, but they’ll challenge you to make you think about the root cause of economic and political disasters. I would recommend just walking in the NCC’s library. Most political debates and social conversations take place there.

  7. The mom says:

    Honestly when I answer a question with ” it’s a long story” most of the time means, I don’t know myself!! There is a communication breakdown but it’s not just teens to adults, it’s everyone! People don’t communicate the way they used to! Social media and cells have taken over! Please don’t feel like because your a teenager your not respected! Everyone’s in a rush, run run run!! It’s the way of the world, and it’s wrong!!!

    Praise God your in the bible! Stay strong in the word of God and keep on being bold!!! We as adults should be looking at the example you are setting!!! Proud of you!!!

  8. Judy says:

    Teenagers, guilty as charged. Unfortunately, we don’t always have the answers. Don’t let that stop you – Ducky had some good advice – keep looking for those answers. And just because we’re grownups doesn’t mean we’re grown up. I think some of the above posts prove that point quite well. Good grief guys, lighten up and holster your tongues.

  9. biker says:

    By all means I would explain things to you. I take the time when approached by anyone in regards to US goverment, sheldon goverment and anything in between. Problem I have is those teenagers that have worked for us in the past. There is no work ethic anymore. I want want want or why does he/she get to do that and not me or why do I have to do it..where were you all day, can I get an advance on my check, when is pay day, can I have tomorrow off although I need hours, or mid morning telling me they have to leave today by 1 pm or I have football/volleyball practise I have to be done early…only to find out when I attend a game and talk to the coach about being late once in a while I say I am sorry only to find out that this person(s) isnt even on the team. When teens do work for us and they question why sales tax is charged or this or that…I explain the process. As mentioned above….parents may have had to work as a kid, they want better for there kid so here is a car, gas money, parent being more of a “friend” than parent. I understand that….my kids were the same. Ever drive through the school parking lot? It doesn’t matter where, sheldon, sibley, private or public…alot of nice cars that are way nicer than mine!

    • Ducky says:

      I really wish I could disagree with you. I want to argue with you so badly. Unfortunately, you are right. There are, though, some good kids out there. I don’t know how it was back in the day, but I’ve noticed a majority of kids are overly spoiled. In high school, there were kids with really nice cars that most people in town couldn’t afford. For goodness sake, a kid that I graduated with drove a hummer to school. Now I’m not perfect, my parents did provide me a mode of transportation. They bought my siblings and me a scooter to share. I then bought a cheap little car that was a death trap on wheels. It wasn’t until my current year of college that I was able to buy a decent, reliable vehicle.
      Although it seems there are a majority of kids who “Have it too good”, but don’t forget the teens who are eager to learn and eager to please. Yes, they do exist. I knew some when I was a high schooler, and that was only 3 1/2 years ago. There ought to be some good working teens out there.

      By the way, what do you do? I’m open to earning a second paycheck if your interested in some help.

  10. Harriet Oleson says:

    Back in Walnut Grove we still believe that kids haven’t changed the parents and parenting quality has.

  11. Lee Ann says:

    I have just realized that there really is nothing new under the sun. Remember the 60s? Parents were horrified at how their children dressed, talked, lived, smoked, etc. Socrates even talked about how rude, lazy and impertinent the children were in those days. My Grandma told me, while laughing, about how she got in so much trouble in the twenties for cutting her hair in a bob. Her parents were horrified.

    Remember in the 60s, how everyone said the “hippies” were lazy, would rather do nothing or sit around and smoke pot all the time. Who is the establishment today? Those hippies from the 60s! We learned about work ethic by living through it. Nobody really seems to grow up until they have a family that they have to support. A regular person will then step up to the plate and work to support their family.

    Every generation says that the younger generation is lazy and lacking in work ethic. Perhaps they should change that to “the younger generation is not yet learned the maturity and responsibility to have a work ethic. And how many people have said about teens, “Put him in the Army. That will make a man out of him.” They’ve been saying that for a long time too. The kids will grow up and be just fine. It just takes some time. Since none of us lived through the depression and never had to work 12 hours shovelling coal into a coal car, for a quarter an hour (my Dad), our kids are all maturing a little slower than the Depression kids. they will grow up and be just fine.

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