Dear Parents

Dear Parents

Mitch Potter, Online Editor

In nature, we see parents protecting their cubs from all the dangers that life throws at them. They gather food for their young, fight off predators, and love them as they raise them. Now in high school, we see our parents as one of the most annoying obstacles that stand in our way of “living our lives”. They are cruel, don’t know any better, and are simply just unfair. So parents everywhere, I’m about to tell you why you drive us crazy, so listen up.

When we’re walking in public, yes Mom and Dad, we do love you. However, this doesn’t mean we want you to still try and hold our hands or hug us a million times. It’s really embarrassing.

Furthermore, we know you have been to high school before, but we do not want you bringing it up in every conversation. Sure, you might have been cool. Let’s not forget that that was a long time ago. The 80s styles might have been “rad” when you were a teenager, but they are not “dope” now. There are things like cell phones and the internet as well. Life is different for us. When we say we know what we’re talking about, we do.

Now, I know you like to pull the card that “Well we’re the parents and we say so because we know best!” I can’t argue that one because you are the parents. According to Parental Rights, an organization for empowering parents, in 1925 there was a supreme court case known as Pierce v. Society of Sisters in which the final ruling stated “the child is not the mere creature of the State; those who nurture him and direct his destiny have the right, coupled with the high duty, to recognize and prepare him for additional obligations.” This ruling was fair. But those last five words are the ones everyone mixes up.

Preparing us for obligations means you raise us the best you can, then you let us go on our own. You may be thinking “But you are only teenagers!” Two things I have to say to that. Yes we are, that is why it is a perfect time to let us be tested before we get into the real world with nothing to back us up. And second, it was not that long ago that teenagers were getting married at age 12 and starting families! So be happy things are the way they are.

Alright, I have ranted on you parents pretty hard. Truth is, we love you guys. According to The World Book, “children who receive insufficient individual attention or love often experience problems forming…” You do play perhaps the most important role in our lives right now and it is your job to worry. So yes, you will probably always drive us crazy and we will always drive you crazy. At the end of the day though, that is your job. You’re supposed to be worried about us. If you weren’t, then we might not end up so well.