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Do Your Kids Make Some of the Same Mistakes You Did as a Teen

I think we all want our kids to not make the same mistakes we did as teens, as I'm sure our moms did with us. As far as drinking, drugs, smoking, sex etc. How about your kids? Are they better or worse than you were?


Asked by MommaKath1975 at 2:43 PM on Apr. 12, 2011 in Teens (13-17)

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  • So far my teens haven't come close to making the mistakes I did. They seem to have a much better sense of personal responsiblity. I also know that I've shown them what it means to be respected and how to respect themselves and others. I think this makes a huge difference in a person.
    I grew up where my parents got angry about things like sex, drinking, smoking, curfew...etc. They never wanted to actually talk or even listen, they had no desire to understand me or my opinions on things.
    I'm entirely different I ask my children for their opinions on different things, we talk about all kinds of things and I always show them respect and listen with an open mind. I don't always agree with their opinions or thoughts, but it doesn't mean I can't listen and share with them. I have pretty amazing kids, even if I do say so myself. ;)

    Answer by blessedwboysx3 at 4:40 PM on Apr. 12, 2011

  • My kids are much more reasonable than I was

    Answer by thecoffeefairy at 2:45 PM on Apr. 12, 2011

  • I have 3 teens & one in the 20's. I would say generally they are better behaved then I was. I know they do certain things they shouldn't but within reason (I know they have all drank some but we have had long talks about how its NOT legal & if they get caught they will get in trouble & also drinking & driving is very dangerous etc). I have never had anybody do anything very bad at school or ever get in trouble with the law. They all have pretty decent friends too. I am very lucky. I have friends whose kids are horrible...disrespectful, won't listen to anyone, get in trouble constantly. They are always fighting w/ their teens. I am very lucky to have a good relationship with mine. And nobody is embarassed to be seen with me in public even lol (that's a plus! lol)

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:49 PM on Apr. 12, 2011

  • So far, my teens have not made the mistakes I made as a teen. Thank God! I was a hot mess. My parents were super rigid and I couldn't talk to my mom about anything. I try to allow my kids some room for small mistakes, to be a good listener, and to guide them without forcing my opinion or point of view on them.

    Answer by cege at 2:53 PM on Apr. 12, 2011