I’m a 16 year old girl and have some self esteem issues. But the thing is, none of these issues are caused by other teens my age, but by the constant comments of adults all around me– family and strangers. Left and right I hear people saying teenagers are stupid, irresponsible, spoiled, lazy, unappreciative, have no idea what reality is, etc. My own parents and aunts/ uncles talk like this joking around with each other and they don’t realize how hurtful it is. Everyone is a teenager at some point, and for me it seems to be the hardest part of life because of how everyone sees you. I feel like people are blaming us for still being dependent on our parents, but of course we are, we aren’t 18 yet! The truth is, I’ve been on Honor Roll my whole life. I’ve never been in any trouble, and although I can’t seem to find any work in my town (have applied for 6 jobs but no one seems to be hiring), I babysit often and that allows me to pay for my own gas and insurance (no car payments, it’s an old family car) and for things I want once in a while, like clothes, etc. I understand that some teenagers are irresponsible, but why do adults lump us together as one group?
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