Why Teenagers Get A Bad Reputation

Why Teenagers Get A Bad Reputation

Sometimes the things teenagers deal with every day are overlooked.

There are many stereotypes revolving around teenagers. They are lazy, ungrateful, and spoiled. Teenagers get a bad reputation because they are constantly tired and stressed out. The truth is that they honestly are tired and stressed. Just because they aren't adults and don't have those responsibilities, doesn't mean they can't be troubled and just as stressed out as the adults in their lives. Teenagers, and especially students have many responsibilities that adults don't even take into consideration sometimes.

The obvious cause of stress for most teenagers is school. When students spend 8 hours a day inside a building doing work, only to be assigned hours of more work to complete outside of school, they can't help but be worried. Even with excellent time management and understanding of the material, homework piles on and takes a large chunk of time to complete. If students struggle with schoolwork it makes homework take longer, and piles on even more stress. But, contrary to popular opinions, school isn't the only thing our teens have to worry about.

Another reason lots of teenagers are their extracurricular involvement. From middle school teenagers are told that being involved is the way to succeed in life. Being as involved as they can in as many activities as they can. Sports, associations, organizations, volunteering, you name it and there are students involved. Adding on to resume's and college applications is a large priority for teenagers. Juggling so many responsibilities just with the activities can be a large burden on a teenager's mind.

Depending on where you live and the economic situation, a majority of could be working one if not more part time jobs on top of the other responsibilities. Parents might not know how much their financial burden can carry over to their kids. Teenagers know and feel the hardships that come with bad financial times. Teenagers can start to feel the responsibility to "pull their own weight" as some might say. Working after school and on the weekends makes a student's time that much more valuable, and they are stretched even thinner.

The last point for this purpose, but certainly not the least is social relationships. With all of these stress inducing responsibilities the last thing students can make room for is a social life. To their friends, these teenagers don't make their friendships a priority and this can cause drama within their relationships with others. While hanging out with friends and taking a break sometimes is necessary, when teenagers indulge themselves in these breaks they are seen as lazy and lacking by some. Spreading oneself too thin can lead to more hardships that one started with.

Hopefully, this helps give someone an insight as to why teenagers feel so stressed, and why they just need to take a break sometimes. Adults have numerous responsibilities and duties, but what some don't realize is that teenagers do too. They feel just as worried and stressed out about life as some adults. The next time a teenager in your life needs a break, take a look at everything on their plate and try to understand why they feel so stressed. And to the teenagers reading this, try and do the same vise-versa.

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17 Empowering Bible Verses For Women

You go, girl.

We all have those days where we let the negative thoughts that we're "not good enough," "not pretty enough" or "not smart enough" invade our minds. It's easy to lose hope in these situations and to feel like it would be easier to just give up. However, the Bible reminds us that these things that we tell ourselves are not true and it gives us the affirmations that we need. Let these verses give you the power and motivation that you're lacking.

1. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future."

2. Psalm 46:5

"God is within her, she will not fall."

3. Luke 1:45

"Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her."

4. Proverbs 31:17

"She is energetic and strong, a hard worker."

5. Psalm 28:7

"The Lord is my strength and my shield."

6. Proverbs 11:16

"A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth."

7. Joshua 1:9

"Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

8. Proverbs 31:30

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."

9. 1 Corinthians 15:10

"By the grace of God, I am what I am."

10. Proverbs 31:26

"When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness."

11. Psalm 139:14

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

12. 1 Peter 3:3-4

"Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."

13. Colossians 2:10

"And in Christ you have been brought to fullness."

14. 2 Timothy 1:7

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."

15. Jeremiah 29:11

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'"

16. Exodus 14:14

"The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."

17. Song of Songs 4:7

"You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way."

Next time you're feeling discouraged or weak, come back to these verses and use them to give you the strength and power that you need to conquer your battles.

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14 Things You Relate To If You Grew Up WithOUT Any Cousins

*GASP* "What, you really don't have any cousins?"


It always shocks every person who hears me state that I do not have any cousins. For some reason, this is just hard for people to really believe when it's actually not something impossible. I think we are all just so used to large families that it sounds weird when people say that they have no cousins. Yet, it is definitely a potential reality, and actually impossible if each of your parents is the only child to your grandparents.

Here are 14 things that you can relate to if you grew up without any cousins.

1. Nobody believes you when you say that you don't have any cousins

I'm serious, for the tenth time.

2. Your grandparents spoil you

With no other grandchildren to worry about, it's pretty easy to do.

3. You don't understand when people say that cousins are your first best friends

My best friend was my first best friend.

4. You and your siblings are always the youngest people at family events

This was simultaneosuly a good thing and a bad thing.

5. You get all of the attention at holidays

Since you're the youngest one around, then distant relatives are always doting over you.

6. Everything you do is deemed awesome by your extended family because there is nobody to compete with

It's much easier to be praised when you aren't being compared to someone similar to your age.

7. You don't know how to hold babies

You're never around them so why would you?

8. Family photos are pretty easy to coordinate

The less people, the easier.

9. Other family members spoil you just because 

Afterall, you are the only kid around...

10. The family will make comments regarding the potential for you to have a cousin as a justification for why they aren't doing something for you

When you hear, "I can't buy you too much because someday your aunt is going to have kids and I will have to do the same for them" you cringe and just had to know that all of the attention wouldn't last forever.

11. Birthdays are always a big deal

A perk of not having very many to remember.

12. If your parents' siblings own pets, then you refer to the animal as your cousin

Cat cousins, dog cousins, lizard cousins, and fish cousins can be pretty cool, actually.

13. Sometimes you dream of marrying into a big family

This is to ensure that your kids do grow up with cousins.

14. You appreciate the closeness of your tight-knit fam

Maybe the only thing you would miss if you had a big family is the opportunity to develop such close bonds with the few relatives that you do have.

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