Mother’s Just Want to Teach Their Kids Something–Anything!

It’s amazing how many teenagers I meet seem to know more than everyone else I know combined. In fact, these young adults know everything–And. I. Mean. Everything!

Take technology and social media for example; teenagers will be able to tell you every “app” which exists today, and if that’s still not enough, they will tell you how to “spy dial,” make an anonymous crank call, or log into a site for instant coupon savings. Impressive.

Millennials today are versed in many tools for online living. But that’s not enough.

They need life skills and they need them now!

But these skills only come with age, experience, and unfortunately, failure.  For my own kidlet’s, it’s hard to stand back and watch them fail.  It’s even more difficult to talk to them about learning something if I can’t get a word in edgewise.

Did I mention they know everything?

Of course this is my arrogance speaking; a way to pat myself on the back for a job well done. The irony is that for the past 20 something years, I merely gave into the pressures of our everyday existence.

Now, with my hair on fire, I see that time is running out. The secrets I’ve mastered should account for something and are free to anyone who asks–or doesn’t ask–but still available for the taking.

Crazy as all that seems, mother’s really just want to teach their kid’s something; more importantly, we want our kid’s to find value in our advice.

*A message for “know-it-all” young adults–Zip your lip and listen. 

Act like you understand what we’ve just said, shake your head like you might even agree with it, or sit straight-faced without the obligatory “eye roll.” Consider that you might become a better person because of this motherly advice you just selflessly received. 

Is it too much to ask of you to find that humanitarian within your heart and let us educate you on some small factor about life’s journey? Perhaps allow us to at least “feel” like we have given you a considerable commodity worthy of a deposit in your emotional bank. 

I suppose time will tell. What did I teach them and what did they learn?

On the downside, my role as a mother has been eternally impacted and I see no use for my guidance any longer.

On the upside, thank goodness my role as a mother has been eternally impacted because I feel confident there is no need for my guidance any longer.

2 comments

  • They know it all… that sounds really familiar matched with the high and mighty tone, right? With some topics I usually concede (not my interest anyway…LOL) but you’re right. Life skills is another issue altogether. And I do make sure my teens have a healthy dose of that every now and then. We need to keep on trying and just pray for the best.

    • Like the old saying, “Hope for the best and expect the worse.” We can’t win. If we expect more, they want to tell us we are being too harsh. If we expect less, they cry that we don’t have confidence in them. Thanks for the comments. I appreciate it.

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