When my family moved to New York and we started school, I was shocked by the rebellious attitude my classmates had towards everyone and everything. They walked around with a long face, rudely back talked to the teachers and the lack of respect towards their parents scared me. I was born and raised in a Christian home, where good values and principles were always practiced. My sister and I didn’t have everything we wanted and yet, we were not rebellious. We did not question our mom and dad; they always had the last word. We were regular teenagers, not rebels.
Why is it that all teenagers go through a rebellious phase, like if it’s something normal that parents and society expect from them nowadays? They want to do what they think is best – it seems as if they know what they’re doing. They like to ignore their parents, who have much more experience in life. They rather look up to other teenagers who don’t know anything. Sincerely, this is ignorance!
Apart from the obvious that parents do not deserve to be treated like this and God is against this type of behavior, the only ones that lose out in the long run are the teens themselves. This rebelliousness brings suffering and it follows a person even after marriage.
When a young woman is rebellious with her parents today, she will be a problematic wife tomorrow. If she’s a good daughter then chances are she’ll be a good wife. The same applies for young men.
So while the world tells us that we should be rebellious, I find it foolish of those who do not take advantage of opportunities to learn from those who know best. If you’re young, you were born yesterday and consequently, you should try learning from those who were born before you. If you think that you have to be rebellious in order for people to respect your personality, it’s because you still don’t have one.
Author of the books "Better than a new pair of shoes", "V woman" and "Casamento Blindado" (Bulletproof Marriage). Founder of "Godllywood" and "Rahab Project". Presenter of "The Love School" at Rede Record.