First off I know most of you probably follow her anyway, but here is a guest post I did for Hazel. Do check it out. http://pablosangel.blogspot.com/2012/02/guest-post-mark.html
Given some of the reactions to last Sunday's post of the girl was just being a teenager and it's what they do, I thought I would share some of my life as a teenager. To be honest I really wasn't that bad. I didn't moan at my parents when I wanted something, I didn't kick off, I didn't stay out until the middle of the night drinking and having random sex with strangers, possibly for money. Though it would have been nice to have some money.
I suppose one of the reasons for my lack of rebellion could have been that I was depressed for a time then, but I think it was more to do with the fact that I had no social life anyway. Life raised me right, by robbing me of a life. Even if I did have a social life though, I believe that with my parents help, I wouldn't have turned out like a "typical teen" anyway.
My family were not horribly poor, but we weren't exactly well off either. Whenever I got a new game or anything, it was second hand and probably only on my birthday or if I asked nicely. I didn't mind this at all really. Frankly my gaming took a downturn when I had too many games. In the old days it was either play what I was half way through or play nothing. I think I was 15 or 16 when I got my first iPod. A teeny tiny 1gb iPod shuffle that has served me well since. When I got an xbawx 360 it was money I saved myself. Though my dad put a bit of money towards it too to reward me for saving.
I didn't have the internet until I was 17, though I discovered it thanks to my sister at 14 or 15. I was always a generation or two behind in consoles as well. When my original xbox broke I had to buy a preowned one because it was around the time 360's came out, and when that happened Microsoft just threw all the originals off the production line.
The main time I got anything really was Christmas and my birthday. It still is except now I occasionally have my own money to buy things with. Plus I should be buying things myself at my age anyway, unless it's something major like a car. Which Hayes' willing some day I will own.
The only real incidence of "rebellion" I can think of is when I wrote "piss off" in my homework diary because a teacher gave me an after school detention. Which was also the only detention I ever got. Despite never doing my homework, and frequently turning up without proper stationary (my science teacher gave me a fake award called the Golden Ruler award and presented me with a ruler, sadly not golden, because I never had one) I never got a detention.
Also when I was 17 I didn't agree with my parents opinions on my love life, but I know they were there for me when it was over, and they didn't rub it in my face that they were right. I love them for that.
I was a good little bastard, and so are most other teenagers. The excuse "oh they're just being a teen" does not, and probably never will, cut it with me. Would I actually put a bullet in my kids things though? Depends on what it is, and what they did.