Why do teenagers tend to think they are smarter than us?

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Bonnie Jean - posted on 02/24/2010

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Because the world is still new to them and they know a lot about what is happening now with technology, fads etc. They are full of youth and energy and we keep telling them the right steps that are not FUN steps in this process of life. They are like they were when they were two years old ......fearless and full of hope. So when we impart a practical non-fun piece of advice the attitude is ; What can We possibly know, because they sometimes think what we are telling them is from the stone age. We just have to hang in there and wait until they connect the dots we have given them as they emerge into adulthood. Hope this helps...

Kim - posted on 03/02/2010

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because they are in a million ways! they are energetic, optimistic, idealistic. they haven't learned our prejudices or our fears and they are a lot wiser than we give them credit for. which doesn't mean that they don't make mistakes, obviously. but who doesn't? if the next generation was not constantly pushing boundaries, the species would not evolve and we'd be extinct. :o)

Michele - posted on 02/24/2010

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Don't you remember being a teenager, we knew it all too. We had the world all figured out, or atleast that is what we thought. I think a lot of is their fight for their own independence, their own thinking, their own views.....they will find out just like we did, they don't have it all figured out.

Shannon - posted on 03/02/2010

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Haha I thought you came by my house.. Whenever one of my girls think they are that smart I hand them my tax stuff and say "Here you are soooo smart, so you will have no problem doing these".

Melissa - posted on 03/01/2010

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I like to tell my son "I've been 14 before, let me know when you've been (my age) and then you can tell me who knows better" then I smile.

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Lynn - posted on 09/15/2013

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Pilar, The rule in my house for dishes is, if you use it you clean it. It is something about feeling a sense of freedom and kids go crazy. Your daughter is flexing her power, by having the final say on what and when she will do what was asked of her. When my daughter does this, I let it go because in the end she does what I ask although it may not have been when I wanted her to do it.
Kids bring us mounds of emotions, but they always remember that parents are their refuge of unconditional love and acceptance.
You did the right thing by letting her cold comments pass over like clouds. Our children will one day realize that this world isn't so nice.

Pilar - posted on 09/12/2013

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I know EXACTLY what you're saying. Just the other day my 16yo was on the couch, watching tv. she started talking to me and i came in and sat on the couch with her while she talked (25 mins). She was smiling, we were laughing, everything was fine. Then she was done. I had a home party to go to (mind you haven't been out anywhere w/o 1 kid in 2 years.) I said would you pls do 1/2 the dishes and wake your father at 8:30.pm (he works nights). She says after my homework and i saw dad's note." I said ok, don't know when ill be back. no problem. went to drop off 12yo and pick up a friend. i was gone 1 1/2 hour and received a phone call saying she isn't home went out with friend and can't be on home on time to wake her dad. I said did u do the dishes? nope, and i have been texting and calling you for 10 mins. i told her to be home, she said he's ur husband not mine and her curfew isn't until 10. She then proceeded to tell me that her sister is my fav. and i shouldn't get Mom of the Year and if i want to change my relationship with her it better be soon cuz she is moving out the day she turns 18. which i didn't reply to that text. I just repeated to state she will be home and if she isn't then she's grounded. Came home to a note saying i woke dad, went to be (8:35) and will do YOUR dishes tomorrow. (funny how their MY dishes, she must eat with her fingers).

Larissa - posted on 03/04/2010

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i remember my teens, i knew more than my parents.(at least i thought i did)its like history repeating itself.it can be a challenge at times,with mt teens i ask them if they would like me to treat them like a adult because they are acting like a child.

Alison - posted on 03/03/2010

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I have same problem with my thirteen year old son. He thinks he knows everything. That knows what is right and wrong. He thinks he knows more then I do. He thinks I don't know anything.

Julie - posted on 03/02/2010

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Sorry, I have to laugh at that girl, cause my 15yr old son knows it all!!! I guess we thought we knew everything back then. Good luck

Kari - posted on 03/02/2010

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because they do!!! did someone forget to tell you that you top out in smarts around the age of 16.....so by the age of 13 you almost know everything... by 15 you are smarter than everyone, you peak at around 16, then somehow you start losing you brainpower, but you dont know it till about 18... then somehow when they have kids of their own they realize ' hey maybe my parent wasnt as dumb as I thought'
all teens go thru this, keep your sense of humor, and be there for them if they should fall. gotta love 'em, it's our best job!!!

Nancy - posted on 02/28/2010

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I think we all thought we were smarter then our parents and when we grew up we found out they were usually right

Shirley - posted on 02/27/2010

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a self defense mecanism in thier additudes...an excuse not to listen to us...lol

try reverse psycology

Lisa - posted on 02/26/2010

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Who knows...lol... I remember when I was a teen and still have no idea... Excatly with everyone else that phone call to mum to say SORRY..... I still make those calls to her....

Jane - posted on 02/26/2010

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I'm not sure teenagers today are any different than when I was a teenager (I'm 50). I thought I knew it all too. 'Nough said :)

Felicia - posted on 02/25/2010

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lol. I remember when I apologized to my mama. It's funny how you appreciate your mother more when you become a mother yourself.

Ritta - posted on 02/25/2010

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I think we all thought we were smarter than EVERYBODY, when we were young!Boy that was not the case, and remember how hard it was when we figured we were wrong! and do you remember the day we called our mothers to say SORRY, I do. lead your children in the right path, love them, and be part of thier life,I feel it will work out.And LOTS of PRAYER.

Felicia - posted on 02/24/2010

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When my teenage son acts like that I just tell him..."Do you really think you're the first one to think of that?"

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