My View: Parents

parentsOkay, there’s a pretty decent chance that our parents may never get to read this. That is precisely why I chose to write this, though. I think it’s time people started seeing teenagers in a new light.

Most people think that teenagers are rambunctious people that don’t take anything seriously. They couldn’t be more wrong. Have you noticed the drama surrounding this school? It’s beyond huge! We have a lot to deal with, and parents are not making things any easier. Do they think it’s easy to be underestimated just because we’re teens?

Our parents are always telling us that being an adult is very hard and that we should be grateful to have such a carefree life. Our life is anything but care-free. Teens have to deal with school, relationships, bullying, and, to top it all off, we have to deal with our parents.

I don’t see the point in making our lives miserable. This is not an exaggeration. School can be exhausting, and we want to rest when we get home. As if that were possible. When we get home, we are expected to clean the house and put down our electronic gadgets. If we’re doing chores, shouldn’t we be able to hear music while we’re at it?

As if that wasn’t enough, we are also expected to do homework. We have Advisory, so sometimes we don’t have to take any work home. However, our parents call us lazy. They criticize the school for not keeping us busy enough. Why is it that parents always have to see us sweat in order to be satisfied? Just because we aren’t working, it doesn’t’ mean that we’re automatically irresponsible. God, couldn’t they appreciate us a little more?  Another thing our parents are obsessed with is seeing our room clean. It’s our mess; if we want to live in a pigsty, we should be able to do it. This is a free country; we’re not asking them to live in our room or clean up our mess. At least, I hope not because that’s just being a spoiled, messy brat  on your part.

That’s not even the worst part. Teens are constantly misjudged and underestimated. I read a quote that said, “Teenagers are the most misunderstood people on Earth. We’re treated like children, and we’re expected to act like adults.” That is so true.

We, as teens, have a lot of responsibilities. We have to keep planning ahead. As I mentioned in an earlier article, the stress can suffocate us. Our parents only add to the torture. If you have a chance, show this to your parents. They might be able to learn something from it. Then again, they might also call me an ignorant, defiant girl that’s just getting ideas into your head. Whatever the case is, be sure to remind your parents that you need your own time and space. Remind them that  they were once our age, too! Also, this article was not meant to justify your defiant acts. Although our parents can be very demanding, they’re usually aiming for a better future. Don’t push them too far. Also, remember that Mother’s Day is coming up; be nice.

By: Maria Alvarez