TeenDo you ever get the feeling your family doesn’t really love you – they just use you?  It happens to many parents when their children reach the all knowing, quite independent age of adolescence.

The family car is no longer used to enjoy outings together. It is purely an unlicensed taxi, and you, the chief pick-up-and-delivery person.

When they are young, kids can be coerced into helping with the dishes, they can be taught the value of maintaining a tidy room and will often be heard to actually offer help with the maintenance jobs around the home.

Many of today’s adolescents see it beneath their station in life to perform menial housekeeping tasks. Kissing parents goodnight is just too embarrassing and as for mowing grass – there’s just no challenge in that job. In their minds ‘the oldies’ just can’t possibly understand them.

Society doesn’t seem to view the family structure with the same values we as parents try to instil into our children. Sure, things are different for each generation of teenagers but, while it might not be fashionable, we still need to teach our kids manners and respect for themselves and others.

Hopefully, some of those values will rub off onto future generations when our kids start to realise themselves what being a parent is all about.

Peter Mack.

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