posted on Aug, 24 2008 @ 09:48 PM
There was a comment made earlier that teenagers shouldn't be allowed freedoms at all, and only permitted them once they turn 18.
I am in MAJOR disagreement with this.
How are these children supposed to know how to act independently if they've never had the freedom to do so?
It's like the age restriction for alcohol.
First thing I noticed back in college, was the ONLY kids who were rowdy, drunk, and uncontrollable were those who had been on a tight leash as kids,
had the drinking restriction heavily enforced, and pretty much were forced to be good obedient kids back when living with their parents. As soon as
they get a taste of freedom, they become absolutely ludicrous.
Then there's the kids who's parents allowed them freedoms, and slowly introduced them to alcohol.
These kids usually turned out to be the most level headed and respectable people there.
As a kid, I was allowed to drink. (In the house.)
I was also allowed to go where I wanted, when I wanted.
Once the drinking age came about... I never once got horribly drunk, I've been buzzed plenty of times, but I know exactly where my tolerance level
is, and I would never pass it. Same goes for freedom. I know whats sensible, whats respectful, and whats not.
These kids you see smashing things up are usually ruled with an iron fist back at home. I've seen it countless times with other kids when I was
growing up. The harsh parents always had the rebellious kids.
You can't solve problems by putting them off.
Let your kids have some freedom while they're with you, and they won't abuse it once they're completely on their own.