by garte smith
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 Sometime ago, I was in discussion with some teenagers and adolescents about some of the challenges they face. Of course, the comments were diverse and rather interesting.

As an educator, the Summer break is time away from the teenage woes that we face in the classroom and parents probably face on a daily basis. So, glad it’s time for summer school and the regular stress of some teenagers. See, teenagers can be sweet, sweet-sour, reasonable, confused or reasonably-confused. But seriously, they can be difficult to deal with. Let’s watch! Please pardon the narrator’s language at times. Not too sure why he has to “emphasize” his point the way he does.

Other cases of teenage woes demonstrate where some expressed that their parents did not give them sufficient room to think for themselves. Some expressed that some parents spent too much talking and reprimanding rather than listening to what they (teenagers) had to say. Case in point, some expressed that sometimes listening sometimes required listening and responding to non-verbal cues, in which some parents fail woefully. On this same note, I concurred that some adults need to acquire and practise the art of active listening in order to correspond with appropriate advice/reprimand.

Correspondingly, teenagers need to look past their sometimes selfish needs and wishes and understand that those parents, the supposedly more experienced and informed, correct them for their good and success. Parents usually truly desire for children to be best version of themselves. In that vein, teenagers, many times overcome by the physiological changes, peer pressure and personal strong-willed wishes, should endeavour to understand and cooperate with their parents. Needless to say, not all members of the group in question concurred or assented to my comments or statement. But, hey, they will soon find themselves.

As the discussion continued, they offered real-life examples of instances in which they were not listened to and treated unfairly. One of the areas in which they thought unfair treatment was meted out was that of curfew times and conditions. Well, that is a different story. To each his own – parents set their own parameters in this regard.

My question to you – readers is “Does curfew of teenagers prevent drug usage and teenage pregnancy?”

Looking forward to hearing from!


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  • Enrique Pyfrom Jr.
    July 10, 2017

    Excellent post! To answer your question, I believe that curfew won’t necessarily prevent these things. I think if they’re determined to participate in those activities, they will certainly find a way to do so, regardless of any boundary tying to stop them.

    • Maria Hamilton
      July 21, 2017

      Well thank you Enrique for your comment!

      Your statement: I think if they’re determined to participate in those activities, they will certainly find a way to do so

      piqued my attention. You are certainly correct but would you advise teenagers to conform to those “boundaries” and strike that balance for the better good?

  • Mel Ham
    July 11, 2017


    Humans were made to have guidelines. If not, the world would have spiraled out of control. It’s essential to first define the guideline and lay down rules. In doing this a positive or negative reward can be warranted if the rule is adhered to or broken.

    Honesty is and will always be the best policy for youths and their parents to stigmatize trust and unconditional love in the union.

    • Maria Hamilton
      July 21, 2017

      Thanks Melanie for articulating your view in such a succinct manner.

      Continue to visit my blog for more interesting reads!

  • July 12, 2017

    An interesting read by a driven author.Maria does an excellent job on provoking thought. The works of this author stimulates the mind and sheds light on a facet of life you may have overlooked.

    • Maria Hamilton
      July 21, 2017

      Thanks Kerry for your scintillating response.

      I trust that you will continue to visit my blog for more thought-stimulating posts.