Looking Ahead to Adolescence

Looking Ahead to Adolescence

Are you dreading the time when your little one becomes a teenager?  Do you feel that dealing with adolescents today has become an extraordinarily difficult if not impossible task?  Do you agree with the following quotes?

“What is happening to our young people?  They disrespect their elders, they disobey their parents.  They ignore the law.  They riot in the streets inflamed with wild notions.  Their morals are decaying.  What is to become of them?”

“The youth now love luxury.  They have bad manners and love chatter in place of exercise.  They are now tyrants, not the servants of their households.  They contradict their parents and tyrannize their teachers.”

“The world is passing through troublesome times.  The young people of today think of nothing but themselves.  They talk as if they know everything, and what passes for wisdom with us is foolishness with them.  As for the girls, they are forward, immodest, and unladylike in speech, behavior, and dress.”

Well, let me tell you that the first quote comes from Plato in Greece around 400 B.C., the second comes from Hesiod in Rome around 100 B.C., and the third comes from Mathew Paris in England around 1300 A.D.  So while this may confirm your fear that you will suffer through your child’s adolescence, it should also give you confidence that like countless generations of mothers and fathers throughout history, you will survive it.

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