I Think Children Are Growing Up Too Fast

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    With the average teenager these days growing up

    faster and faster we are liable to have new borns wanting gel manicures and a fake ID so they can go out with their friends and have a cocktail!
    MNI1982 MNI1982
    31-35, F
    6 Responses Mar 8

    I'm sadly a part of this horrible generation

    and I apologize. If I was as disrespectful as most of these teenagers are nowadays I'd get the **** beat out of me. I don't understand why everyone thinks it's so cool to drink so much where you black out and shout it out so the entire class can hear about how you got so "turned...
    Schneidzilla Schneidzilla
    16-17, F
    Mar 16, 2014

    I spent the day today with my 17-year-old

    daughter helping her get ready for her first Prom. Makeup......Nails.......Hair........OMG we left the house without out fru-fru smell good stuff----run to Bath and Body Works! Then came the dreaded (well for me it was!) picture taking. Three different locations, 5 cars full of...
    deleted deleted
    2 Responses May 2, 2015

    I agree so much with this,

    but parents need to lead the way and protect kids.... a simple example, I still have parental control software on my laptop and phone to protect me from things I shouldn't see. I think its a good idea, and I'm surprised most parents don't do this, I don't think they do anyway...
    AGirlNamedKim AGirlNamedKim
    18-21, F
    Feb 9

    I feel like kids are growing up too fast.

    It's like enjoy life when you are young. You will grow up someday but not today.
    Gayprince1234 Gayprince1234
    13-15, M
    Jan 15

    my twin sister is dressing up like a cheap

    hooker, and being way too provocative around other boys
    ShatteredReality534 ShatteredReality534
    16-17, M
    1 Response Jun 20, 2015

    I hate when my babybros curse & play video

    games all day... I wish they had a better childhood
    Shaiunique Shaiunique
    18-21, F
    Jun 19, 2015

    I Think Children Are Growing Up Too Fast.

    I agree. They are growing up too fast but I also wonder if parents are not maturing fast enough ? I have noticed this perplexing trend. Slutty outfits for five year olds. Thongs for two year olds ( who should be in diapers ), heels for girls not older than six and low cut jeans...
    deleted deleted
    5 Responses Oct 7, 2010

    Not Growing Up Fast Enough, Perhaps?

    I think a lot of the time, the problem is not that children are growing up too fast, it is that modern, mainstream culture has gotten the process of helping children grow up wrong. What's more, that same culture has some very odd ideas about what childhood is about. The idea...
    TheTardyDodo TheTardyDodo
    31-35, M
    4 Responses Jun 24, 2007

    I see six-year olds walking around with phones

    posting sh*t on their facebook an i'm just like "when i was six all i had was a coloring book and crayons!"
    deleted deleted
    1 Response Nov 8, 2015

    When I was 3 I wasn't begging my mom

    or dad to let me play on their phones I was begging them to take me to the park what Is wrong with this generation
    livelovehopefree livelovehopefree
    13-15, F
    5 Responses Sep 18, 2014

    ****VERY IMPORTANT**** Note to Self: Watching

    those home movies you made when the kids were babies, toddlers and just wee ones, is simply masochistic....Do NOT do this, for any reason......until perhaps they have ripped your heart out of your chest and driven off with it to college or a new city, or commune in Switzerland...
    Myusername1984 Myusername1984
    31-35, F
    Jun 22, 2015
    fialin fialin
    13-15, F
    6 Responses Nov 20, 2015

    Growing Up? I Don't Think So.

    I've been reading a lot of these stories about how people think children are "growing up" too fast.  The thing is that from what I'm reading, they're not growing up at all.  Quite the opposite actually.  One recurring theme I see in here is promiscuity...
    RopinTexan RopinTexan
    22-25, M
    29 Responses Dec 28, 2008

    I believe kids are growing up to fast

    because society puts so much pressure on them. If you are not like the boys and girls on the magazines and television then you're nothing. Brains and talent seem to not matter anymore. Shame.
    PaleUglyStar PaleUglyStar
    16-17, F
    2 Responses Aug 22, 2014

    I have found growing up really difficult.

    Suddenly I have to be independent. Sometimes I so feel grown up and I can take on the world. The next minute I feel small. I need my Mam. I need you to be there. I am quite mixed up. Help!
    deleted deleted
    2 Responses Oct 8, 2015

    It seems like yesterday

    when my husband and I sat in on a French Immersion info night when my oldest son started Senior Kindergarten. Now I'm running around, with him, attending high school open houses. Two down... two to go. I keep thinking that university /college ones are not far behind. Time...
    Cinnamongrl Cinnamongrl
    46-50, F
    1 Response Nov 23, 2015

    Yeah especially when I see

    that 13-15 age bracket talk about things they shouldn't. Like having sex, doing drugs, and wanting to commit suicide. It makes me sad. And it ****** me off to no end when I see a 13-15 year old girl who has made a suggestive statement and has comments from 40-55 year old men...
    NoDaveParty NoDaveParty
    22-25, M
    3 Responses Jan 11

    Faster than the weeds in the yard hard to catch

    up to em kinda being dragged behind em .....:((
    anasteel2 anasteel2
    41-45, F
    2 Responses Sep 18, 2014

    These kids are 10 - 13 talking about sex,

    having babies, and jobs, and I'm thinking "Excuse me? Where are your parents?" 😑
    TheAlbinoGirl TheAlbinoGirl
    18-21, F
    5 Responses Jul 16, 2014
    deleted deleted
    1 Response May 2, 2015

    I just see kids with iPads,

    & int school, there are already kids using serious curse words, all the time... I thank god my mom raised me better than those brats...
    WolfsterTheWere WolfsterTheWere
    16-17, M
    2 Responses Aug 21, 2015

    2 days ago I was out with my roommate,

    I noticed some children shouting homophobic things so I told them that they shouldn't do that. Then they started shouting at us and laughing as well.. We walked away and then they followed after us shouting out, they were saying nasty and sick minded things about sex etc.. They...
    Nicolefeelings Nicolefeelings
    18-21, F
    Oct 9, 2015

    Personally I think kids are growing up to fast.

    And I don't just say that because my daughter is back in diapers. I'm guilty of it as well. I often focus to much on impressing other moms and dads over what is best for her. I'm trying to be better about it but it isn't always easy.
    deleted deleted
    Jan 24

    Most of the 10/11 year olds I work with are 18

    going on 5! They have really expensive, 'top-of-the-range' Reebok, Adidas, Nike trainers but can't tie the shoe-laces.... drives me nuts (and I do subtly mention it to them now and again, but gets lost in translation :)
    Moonpenny Moonpenny
    51-55, F
    Nov 26, 2015

    I remembered this thing

    that happened to me a while ago. I was at a Game Stop (AKA A video game store just in case you did not know) and this kid, who Im guessing was about 10-12 was buying this rated M game. And his parent was letting him. Just... why ._. ~ Lys ♪
    LysChan LysChan
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Oct 22, 2015


    I know it is petty but I just cringe when I see young girls wearing make up. I am not talking about Tweens I am talking about 2+ year olds. I know it may look cute but exposure at such a young age is just taking away the innocence of being a child and growing up watching your...
    mummydiaries mummydiaries
    4 Responses Apr 5, 2012
    emmawelsh1998 emmawelsh1998
    18-21, F
    1 Response Nov 26, 2015

    LadyHeartnMind LadyHeartnMind
    31-35, F
    Aug 7, 2015

    Seriously this is so true.

    ..I just want to make my point that's way to soon I didn't get a phone till I was older way older than that and I had to buy it
    livelovehopefree livelovehopefree
    13-15, F
    2 Responses Oct 8, 2014

    What Children Do.....

    ........ ** For those who already have children past this age, this is hilarious. ** For those who have children this age, this is not funny. ** For those who have children nearing this age, this is a warning. ** For those who have not yet had children, this is birth control...
    jml2000 jml2000
    61-65, M
    2 Responses Mar 16, 2014

    I do too, and everything is pushing them

    including but not limited to school, media, & peers. It is terrible. They need to be children , they will be grown up forever.
    silverwings2012 silverwings2012
    61-65, F
    2 Responses Feb 6

    B came home from school one day,

    and as I asked her about her day she informed me of kids in her class "dating"... WHAT IN SAM'S HELL!!!! HOLY FUDGMACICLE PIE!! - B, 10 year olds don't date! " Yes mom they do!" - so your telling me that a 10 year old boy is taking a 10 year old girl "OUT" for lobster? Do they...
    deleted deleted
    2 Responses Apr 24, 2015
    deleted deleted
    Oct 8, 2015

    I'm scared for what we're doing to our children.

    We ask way too much of them nowaydays. When I see how my kids have to work for school, and be involved, and have to perform every day, it's so different as to when I was a kid. We used to go and play outside every day until sundown, have fun with friends, it feels like we didn...
    Toon456789 Toon456789
    41-45, M
    Feb 23

    Hi i am Sofia and i am 13.

    what do u think kids my age should wear at the beach?
    fialin fialin
    13-15, F
    1 Response Nov 28, 2015

    Kids Need to Stay Innocent

    For their own safety kids need to stay innocent, i was walking with some friends and three little boys no older than ten ran by a slapped our *****! i wanted to chase them down and whoop their ***** like they stole something. They are lucky that i would not hit someone...
    cancer06 cancer06
    16-17, F
    2 Responses Sep 4, 2006

    I was at work one day

    and the girl was turned around so I only saw her back but from what she was wearing The girl looked 22/23 but then when she turned around and I saw her face she was like 14 maybe 15 I was like what the actual f***??
    Pinkk3u Pinkk3u
    18-21, F
    1 Response Mar 21

    Ep Needs To Do Something.

    Really? 13-15 year old kids are on this site? What's up with that EP? Currently I have my profile prefs set to not see the profiles of underaged kids. But that doesn't prevent me from seeing or answering their questions. Usually I try to click on the profile name to be sure...
    AlDemone AlDemone
    51-55, M
    7 Responses Oct 8, 2012

    A Tragedy..

    I know that there's no real way to communicate to younger people that they should enjoy their innocence and irresponsibility while it lasts, because when you are young, you can't perceive it in the way that you do when you're older. It's a real shame, because the real world sucks...
    FallaciesAppease FallaciesAppease
    26-30, M
    14 Responses Aug 24, 2008


    Ok seriously, kids are growin up wayyy too fast nowadays!! I've seen 8yr olds having Facebook. I've seen 11yr olds wearing makeup. I've seen 9yr olds with boyfriends. This is ridiculous!! Parents need to set their kids straight.
    staystrong11 staystrong11
    18-21, F
    6 Responses Mar 30, 2010


    Omg, they are! It's terrifying! Before, people used to get horrified when 17 yr olds got pregnant. Now, 14 yr olds are getting pregnant! How will a child take care of a child?! 10 yr olds, (YES, TEN YEAR OLD KIDS) are getting into 'relationships' and 'making out'. My 10 yr old...
    DarkAngel123 DarkAngel123
    18-21, F
    7 Responses Jan 9, 2011

    I live right next to a school

    so I often see little kids going to school and going home. A few weeks ago I saw what looked like a 7 year old girl with an iPhone 5. I could just here what she was saying, I think she was talking to her friend. And what's worse is that she had the teenage girl way of talking...
    HappensForAReason HappensForAReason
    16-17, M
    3 Responses Jul 13, 2014

    My kids are probably not going to like me

    for this, but they will not have their own tv or computer in their room at least until age 16, most likely. Depends on the kid. They won't have a cell phone until 15 or whenever I see fit (it will be more for me to get a hold of them). Not allowed to date until 16, maybe even 18...
    deleted deleted
    3 Responses Jul 16, 2014

    It's horrible seeing children not acting like .

    .. Well, children. I see 10 year olds in mini skirts and heels, with iPhones, joining Facebook and having 'boyfriends' and it breaks my heart. At that age I was still climbing trees and thought boys were icky. This generation is so ****** up :(
    Azzyyy Azzyyy
    18-21, F
    1 Response Mar 25, 2014

    I think technology and the media is to blame

    and sometimes the parents. I feel bad for the kids this generations because they will never know what a real childhood is like. It's sad to see 8-12 year olds trying to act like they are 16 and teenagers acting like the they know everything before they even hit college (Some not...
    PetiteChica PetiteChica
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Dec 2, 2015

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