why do teenagers always think they know it all

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Denise - posted on 04/16/2009

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Just remember when we were growing up. we probably put our parents through hell too. I have one at home that thinks she is gods gift to the world. Sometime we have to compromise and come to an agreement. It is hard as we dont want to make the same mistakes our parents may have made.be patient and remember to always talk to them and not yell

Tee - posted on 04/16/2009

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My daughter isn't even a pre teen and she thinks she knows it all. It is fascinating because when you look back, you realize that you may have been a little headache to your parents but then you realize that your child is one step ahead of where you were at that age. I constantly remind her that she is 9 and I am the adult and we take it from there!! But you are right, they do think they know it all!!

Claudia - posted on 04/16/2009

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because they think they are grown up and thye are not... they will eventually realize parents are trying to give them best advice not their friends!

Teresa - posted on 04/16/2009

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I like your question and boy do I wish I knew the answer!!!!! After 4 teens I'm still asking!

Jennifer - posted on 04/15/2009

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Teenagers? My 13 year old son has known it all and always been right all of his life!

Lori - posted on 04/15/2009

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I dont about you, but I know I did as teenager. I swear it was like I was 30 yrs. old and I said oh I get it now !! Ha Ha ! But I do believe we just have to give them our knowledge and wisdom, they listen when we think they aren't. My daughter will come back several months later and say I was right, or my now 23 yr.old. wow.

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Probably the same reason I thought I knew it all when I was a teen, LOL. I look back now and think about all that I put my poor mom through. Believe me when I tell you that I am paying for my raising with my own kids, haha!

Claire - posted on 04/14/2009

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cause as far as they are concerned 'they do know it all'   You are the sounding block that they try stuff out on before they go out amongst their piers They are growing into young adults and learn so much about life in the teenage years.  the recipe to success is have an open door and be their friend and support and love em.  

Claire - posted on 04/14/2009

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cause as far as they are concerned 'they do know it all'   You are the sounding block that they try stuff out on before they go out amongst their piers They are growing into young adults and learn so much about life in the teenage years.  the recipe to success is have an open door and be their friend and support and love em.  

Kelly - posted on 04/14/2009

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Because we knew it all when we were teens. My daughter told me that I needed to let her grow. And that I needed to let go of the rope so she could hang herself. LMAO. She wrote this in a letter. I asked her why would I give her rope to hang herself instead of teaching her to climb it???



 



She wrote back "Good one mom".

Donelle - posted on 04/14/2009

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It is part of life that everyone goes through. Take a deep breath, mine is driving me crazy with everything but I give my opinion and let her take it, then she decides and learns the hardway. Have strength, and faith in parenting.

Kristi - posted on 04/14/2009

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We all did, I think....but think of it as a blessing - you want them to move out eventually!!

Pat - posted on 04/14/2009

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Didn't you know it all too. It's their way of finding out what works and what doesn't in the world. Kids want to know what they can get away with and what they can't. Set ground rules and explain why they were made. Truth be told they test us and they need rules in order for them to feel secure.  As teenagers you are the only ones that will remain a constant in their lives. They should be taught that you will always be there for them no matter what but untimitley they must face consquences for the decissions they make.  Possitive or negative and it's up to them choose what back lash they would rather have. Kids are impulsive and often do not think what comes next. We also have be the best examples we can, they watch and listen to ur every move also. I was a holy terror but I turned out alright. :-)

Sandy - posted on 04/14/2009

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Yeah I have the same problem with an almost 17 year old and an almost 15 year old! But I try to keep up with their "scene" and what's "in" at the moment so I don't get too caught behind. It's funny when one of their fav singers sings a new song and I sing along knowing the words and they are amazed how I know..I just say "hey this song was out in so and so year and so and so sang it then...your generation is just copying what has been out since I was a teenager!" ... that usually shuts them up! Keeping up with them I have found has helped me a lot..speaking thier language in a way....but don't go over the line and talk or act like them...then they just shut you off even more! It works for me

Samantha - posted on 04/13/2009

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...Because they do! Once you understand that they are smart and you are dumb their lives will improve! So they think. Teenagers are a pain in the ass. My husband always said God made them cute, cuddly, little babies first because if they came out  teenagers nobody would have children! I told my youngest when he was around fourteen if he didn't clean his room, I was going to make him sleep outside. When I came home from work he had a tent pitched in the back yard. Spent the whole summer out there. The good news is they get better after twenty. The bad news is, you may kill them before they get that old!!!!

Mel - posted on 04/13/2009

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let them do what they wanna do because the more u try and yell at them for things they are going to rebel more. i did. i did everything to get attention from my mum from wagging school 3-4 out of 5 classes a day since yr 7 to shop lifting to hitting other girls , leaving home several times etc. one thing i didnt do was drugs but u know teens just have to grow out of these stages. im 19 and im past it already didnt take me too long and my horrible being a bitch and rebel stage lasted from about 12-16

Jeanne - posted on 04/13/2009

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It's been a while but their emotions, hormones, knowledge, common sense and life experiences are ever changing and evolving.  I remember being a very mouthy and obnoxious teenager and I always thought my parents didn't know jack and that I had all the answers...I found out...sometimes the hard way that they knew more.  I think it's a right of passage and the fact that they are bombarded with it all at once makes it overwhelming for their level of maturity.  Things will get easier just let them know you are always there for them and they will come back to the loving children they once were....it just takes time...patience and a lot of hair dye to hide the grays.

Dawn - posted on 04/13/2009

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As parents we encourage them to think for themselves and then dont like it when they have different views to us. I want my kids to be free thinking and not sheep followers. Yet at the same time I dont want an arguement every time, so I am always there if things go belly up and we talk about it. Also gives me some thing to think about and its interesting to see it from their point of view.......some times!!!

Rebecca - posted on 04/13/2009

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just from me being only 22. i've come to realize the more i was told no the more i wanted to do it anyway... it was the urge of feeling rebellious. now that im a mommy of a beautiful 3 yr old i now know what my mom and dad went through with me :) i feel as if you pick and chose your battles. say no to the stuff that really matters and let the other stuff slide.

Juanita - posted on 04/13/2009

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a good wallop of "sense of humour and enough faith in your our parenting so that you can allow them to mke their own mistakes,prop them up when yhey need to and some big ears to hear what they say and insight to dtermine when you need to step in"

Jo - posted on 04/13/2009

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didn't you when you were a teen?  my boys 16 & 14 are driving me nuts too! Remeber when you were their age, trying to feel grown up.  Just keep talking part of them is listening and if they don't want too then they have to suffer the consequenses of their choices.  a sense of humor helps alot too. good luck

Juanita - posted on 04/13/2009

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Quoting Sian:

why do teenagers always think they know it all




so that mums who do know it all can guide them.

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