As someone who is about to turn 13, I have already experienced some moments when I feel like those moody teens in TV shows, and let me tell you, it is NOT great. I am always so easily frustrated and sometimes I feel the need to be left alone. So, I am writing this for one reason: to express my thoughts because my parents will not have it.

Lately, I’m ashamed to say that my screen time has been increasing. I’ve been watching Netflix more, I’ve been on social media more, and I’ve been texting my friends more. And of course, there is the lecture that every parent gives their child when this happens: “You are still at a young age, you shouldn’t be spending this much time on a screen!”, but then of course there is also the “Back in my day we didn’t have any electronics…”. What I’d like my parents to understand though, is that teenagers in this day and age don’t always respond the way they used to.

Secondly, I have also been spending more time in my room, just listening to music or relaxing when suddenly my mom tells me to get out of the room and do something. What I don’t understand is why I SHOULDN’T be spending time in my own room. I mean, where is the harm in that? I don’t bother anybody and I’m not always in the mood to deal with my younger brother.

Lastly, I have somewhat strangely discovered that I have an appetite for sleeping. Sometimes when I wake up at 11:30 am or noon (which doesn’t really seem late to me), my parents start lecturing me and say that I should be out and about doing something active. To me, it feels like I’m being active enough just getting out of bed in the morning and making it through breakfast without falling asleep again.

Have any of these things ever happened to you? How did you get through it? What’s the secret to getting your parents to stop breathing down your neck every minute of the day? I would love to hear some of your thoughts or tips in the comments.


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