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I Think Children Are Growing Up Too Fast

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    We live in a generation

    where it's okay for young children and early adolescents to to dress and act like adults. Sad, but true. They're not taken though the steps of growing up anymore.
    KeithPrice94 KeithPrice94 18-21, M Mar 23

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    Anybody else have a child

    that enjoys life as an older person instead of acting his age??? I.e. Prefers operas over linkin park, prefers a quick trim vs getting fades, designs put in hair etc......
    bub1982 bub1982 31-35, M 2 Responses Feb 23

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    A Conversation With My 11 Yr. Old Daughter

    Yesterday we were out shopping. I was at the lingerie department shopping for comfortable cotton underwear.  I always prefer boyshorts and those have a tendency to come in wild colors and prints.  I had a handful of them in my hand and couldn't decide which ones to buy...
    Mahal1023 Mahal1023 46-50, F 16 Responses Nov 21, 2010

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    Faster than the weeds in the yard hard to catch

    up to em kinda being dragged behind em .....:((
    anasteel2 anasteel2 41-45, F 1 Response Sep 18

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    I think my little sister is growing up way to

    fast ... She's 13 and she's dating my brothers friend who's either 17 or 18 and their sexually active and it scares me . When I was 13 I wasn't thinking about dating I was still interested In video games .. I still love video games .. My little sister has always been mature for...
    Loving1234 Loving1234 16-17, F 1 Response Jan 2

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    We also have to look at the parents of these

    children. I'm not a parent but I am a teacher tutor and a mentor. Parents say it's Friday I don't know where my child is. Its the things they see on tv. It's the video games. The magazines. Parents blame the very things there in control of. The child isn't paying the cable bill...
    beautifullywrittenambition beautifullywrittenambition 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 16

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    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 13-15, F 2 Responses Aug 22

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    When I was ten, I was playing outside.

    Ten year olds these days have iPhones and know how to TWERK. Smh.
    BrokenPhoenixx BrokenPhoenixx 18-21, F 2 Responses Jan 3

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    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 13-15, M 3 Responses Jul 13

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    Seriously when I see kids(usually under 10)

    carrying iPhones or Smartphones for that matter I can't help but wonder why? Its not about whether or not they can use them; my problem is why do they even need it at their age.
    Semya Semya 22-25, M 1 Response Feb 4

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    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

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    Me, Myself, And I.

    I'm going to be 16 in a month and on Wednesday, July 7th I will be starting my sophomore year in high school. Keep that in mind while you're reading this. Around a year ago these two girls that I know got pregnant. It wasn't like they planed to get pregnant or anything crazy like...
    PhotographyJournalingLife PhotographyJournalingLife 16-17, F Aug 4, 2013

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    Why?

    I don't get why kids would want to grow up so fast. The time comes fast enough. And when it comes, they won't be ready. Most aren't. I'm not ready to be where I am. I want time to slow down. I took my time for granted. When I was little I wanted to know what it was like to be...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Oct 5, 2013

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    Seriously...

    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 12 Responses Mar 30, 2010

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    O_o

    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 11 Responses Jan 9, 2011

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    Orchid284 Orchid284 26-30, F 1 Response Mar 21

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    Wayyyyy wayyyyy wayyyy toooo fast.

    Why. Commercials. Movies. Music videos. Peer pressure. And. They ignore adults in pain. They say That wont be me. Fok.
    Livyn4pals Livyn4pals 46-50, M Jul 16

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    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

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    At work I saw a family

    and all five kids in an age range of 6 - 14 had an iPad... Don't kids play with sticks anymore?
    ValhallaAwaits ValhallaAwaits 18-21, M 1 Response Sep 18

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    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

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    My housemaster told me to grow up earlier

    so I'm gunna have to start making more serious posts........ "Briefcase"
    HRHHeronMaxwell HRHHeronMaxwell 16-17, M 1 Response Sep 17

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    I am a teenager, and I don't think I have grown

    up too fast, rather going through appropriate milestones and learning what I should. But my family knows another family whose kids have grown up with lightning speed and the utmost immaturity. The eldest child, a daughter, went to the police at 16 and lied about her mother...
    ICanTotallySurvive ICanTotallySurvive 13-15, F Jul 13

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    Child Behaviour

    Living with two boys, 5&3. They are just at the peak of their naughty behaviour which will get worse by the time they know how to go outside to play, cause now they don't allow them to, cause the enviroment is polluting. I now look at it that by the time I have mine, God will...
    Deeyor Deeyor 22-25 Jul 8, 2013

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    Taller Than Me

          A few years back when my children were younger,I got sick and tired of my everyday routine as a mother.My two older children were only one year and four months apartn so I cannot work at that time and became a full time Mom.I can have time for myself when they were...
    JulyRocker JulyRocker 36-40, F 4 Responses Apr 17, 2011

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    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

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    My Children Are Too Active

    I know my oldest son and my daughter have been sexually active at least two or three years - I walked in on them then with some of their friends in the middle of a Truth or Dare game that had gone quite far, with several youngsters partially or completely nude and engaged in...
    juicylucybelle juicylucybelle 36-40, F 10 Responses Jul 5, 2008

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    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

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    It Doesn'T Have To Be Like This

    Every generation has always had some complaint about the generation after theirs. Since the beginning, they have always complained about the youngsters growing up too fast, taking their childhood for granted, and becoming too dark or too flirty or whatever. Things are always...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Jun 15, 2013

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    It's Time For Society To Receive Its 'wake Up Call'

    Yes, children are growing up to fast.  In my opinion its time we stop blaming the media, society, the child's group of friends, school systems, and instead, put the blame where it belongs, the parents.  Child rearing is not an easy job, and from what I see today, most are ill...
    traditionalwifeanjul traditionalwifeanjul 36-40 2 Responses Jun 22, 2011

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    In A Way, They Are Growing Up Too Fast.

    Kids are growing up too fast now a days. Getting access to so many suggestive activities like sex, and drinking, and even more alegal things. The problem is it seems they aren't maturing, in my opinion. They do the acts and have to deal with the consequences, and from what I have...
    LadySarah09 LadySarah09 22-25, F 2 Responses Mar 16, 2012

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    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...
    ShimmerSquirrels13 ShimmerSquirrels13 22-25, F 2 Responses Jul 16

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    I Remember

    I remember so much about my childhood. Most people say its hard or blurry for them, but its all clear to me. I remeber when it snowed at my house and I made my very first snowman by myself. I begged my dad to bring it to the porch when he made me go inside so I could watch him...
    PhotographyJournalingLife PhotographyJournalingLife 16-17, F Nov 24, 2013

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    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 5 Responses Jun 24, 2007

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    My Baby

    My youngest will be 14 tomorrow!! How is this even possible??? She has grown into a lovely talented girl. We have a lot of spats and it's hard cause they break my heart, and not easy either.  Most of the time we are fine, it's just that age I guess. I'm just happy she is healthy...
    VoteForPedro VoteForPedro 51-55, F 4 Responses Dec 31, 2011

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    Photo Box

    Recently I moved home it has been a long year of change and I have a box where I put for safe keeping photos of my kids when they were baby's through to teens as they are now. Have not looked at the photos from the past for a long while , did not want to that's another story I...
    UkToday UkToday 36-40, M 2 Responses Jan 13, 2013

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    It's Part Of Growing Up My Dear!

    Ever since I was 10 I was scared of the word period it made me jump beacuse we all saw the video the boys just watched a baseball game , us girls were all really inbareised but one boy found out and told everyone all the boys teased us and said things like do I see blood or do u...
    Shygirl133 Shygirl133 13-15, F 1 Response Jul 3, 2013

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    I have 2 neices, ages 3

    and 8. They have a wii, ipod, pc, tv, dvd, etc etc. When i was that age i had only one thing to play with and that was far better - it was called OUTSIDE!!!
    claretnblue claretnblue 31-35, M 1 Response Jan 23

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    It's gotten so bad that me

    and my husband are considering home schooling my daughter when she gets older. The schools are terrible, the kids in school are acting like adults, It's just awful
    ReeseThompson0424 ReeseThompson0424 18-21, F 2 Responses Apr 16

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    Almost A Grandpa...

    I have 8 kids, with twins on the way. 3 of them are teenagers. My son Bentley is 15 and has always been the "good one." He rarely ever got into trouble and he is usually just a happy, goofy kid. The last few months he'd been acting a little weird. He seemed quieter and moodier...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Mar 28, 2012

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    I never understood why people my age

    and younger think that wearing makeup, having sex, and smoking weed = grown._. Not that there's anything wrong with those things, but obviously that is not all there is to being an adult. I find growing up so overrated , and full of responsibility. Sure I have freedom to do what...
    AEHeroine AEHeroine 18-21, F 1 Response Jun 15

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    Way Too Fast.

    Ok, I am not going to pretend that I don't have a lot of sex related content on my EP profile. But that being said, I think lines have to be drawn somewhere. I sometimes wonder what I would be like now if I hadn't been exposed to sex as young as I was. And I am talking about...
    grayhalo grayhalo 31-35, M 2 Responses Aug 8, 2011

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    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 16-17, F 1 Response Mar 25

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    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 16-18, F 2 Responses Sep 4, 2006

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    Parents never realize that,

    when they say they hate this generation, they can't seems to figure out that they are the ones raising the exact same new generation that they're talking about.
    Milkyywayy Milkyywayy 13-15, M 1 Response Mar 12

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    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 56-60, M 3 Responses Mar 16

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    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

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    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...
    underconstruction underconstruction 41-45, F 9 Responses Oct 7, 2010

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    Yes!!! They Are & Who's Fault Is It???

    I grew up in a world that had some very good old fashion ways for the learning & growing atmosphere for children.  My parents were married and in Love for 57 years.  I know this because they never went to bed on an argument.  I heard them say they were sorry and the other one...
    livingwell livingwell 51-55, F 5 Responses Jul 26, 2011

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    Parental Presure

    I think that play is highly undervalued in our society. We, as parents, are pressuring our children to grow up, thinking we are preparing them for life. In fact, children are living their lives. The idea that life begins in adulthood is false and detrimental to the health of our...
    lovevolves8 lovevolves8 36-40, F 1 Response Oct 15, 2013

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    Makeup

    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 31-35 4 Responses Apr 5, 2012

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    Related Experiences

    Hello Scorpios of E.P and the world. I will be 31 year old this November 14. Power to the other horoscope signs too.
    mother1983 mother1983 26-30, F 3 Responses Sep 10

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    Okay so I'm a young 40 year old Scorpio female. I want to meet my Scorpio friends out there. My birthday is October 30th. Who else is a Scorpio, lol
    Nesha40stimeinPA Nesha40stimeinPA 41-45, F 2 Responses Sep 10

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    I grew up too fast, my mother unfortunately had very bad taste in men until my early teens. Her second husband used to force me to do most of the housework and watch my little...
    crochetedgirl crochetedgirl 22-25, F Sep 22

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