Video Can Teens & Parents See Eye to Eye?

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10:13   |   Jan 09, 2019


Can Teens & Parents See Eye to Eye?
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  • -Depression's up anxiety's up
  • -But I think they were but we didn't know that yet
  • -And that comes from a lack of innocence, right?
  • And they're not ready to handle it
  • -Hi, I'm Mateo I am sixteen and I build robots
  • -I'm Taylor. I'm 18 and I'm really passionate about singing and about music
  • -Hi, I'm Isabella. I'm 16 and I fly a plane which is a Cessna 172
  • -Hi, I'm Fanny and I am not gonna say my age
  • and I'm a filmmaker,
  • -I'm Elizabeth. I'm
  • 39 plus 1 and I am a film director.
  • -I'm Jeremiah. I'm 41
  • I'm a Regional Sales Manager for a telecom company
  • -Well, I'll start, so right now I'm learning every like a new thing every day
  • But like if I had a lot more years then by the time I'm like 90, I'll know everything.
  • -Yeah exactly
  • -Yeah, just simple things like with learning how people around you act that you learned so much that you're not gonna learn as a 10 year old
  • -I think as parents I'd like to say I feel I know nothing. I mean literally every day I say to you
  • I'm just guessing and the older I've got, the more I've realized that everybody else
  • around me is winging it and they don't know everything
  • Either and we're all just trying our best
  • -like when you're young you're like, I know everything about everything, you know
  • Now, from what I know to what I don't know that's you know
  • Those two things are just completely on opposite ends of the spectrum for me
  • All teens are rotten people, but
  • It's forced on you at a lot earlier age, online for teen boys. I mean they can find horrible images everywhere
  • -I definitely do agree that there's a lot more exposure.
  • It's not like an intentional thing. I don't think kids are just like worse
  • It's just easier to get caught up in bad situations.
  • -Okay, well I personally think that we're more innocent now because
  • parents you guys could get away with a lot more back in the day
  • -Yeah, it was we were naughty we did a lot of things my parents never knew
  • but now I can I can you know check on his phone where he's at and
  • -But sometimes you go down that rabbit hole where you do think your kids are super innocent
  • And then you realize oh they have two snaps. What's this other snap? What's it? What's this other Instagram?
  • Oh, I have a dead one. You don't know about
  • Everybody has you know, I think you have to be more devious
  • -Well, I mean this one time I got Instagram and all my friends added me
  • They added me to the first Instagram account,
  • that you parents don't see and I was slightly disappointed in them as people, but
  • -I didn't know you had Instagram, see?
  • -I got rid of it.
  • -I think you have to give credit to some other kids I do
  • I think that there are some kids who haven't got to Instagram
  • and actually trust is the biggest element for me as a parent
  • I trust her.
  • -Yeah, I mean if the question was do you think your teen is innocent? Oh and I say teens, uh
  • -I still think it's 50/50 your friends
  • -I don't know but suicide rates are up, depression's up, anxiety's up
  • -I think they were, but we didnt know that yet
  • And that comes from a lack of innocence right?
  • -I think they were though
  • I know three or four people in my class that had those problems,
  • but they weren't spoken of, I definitely agree that it's more, I do
  • -I think for me, it's... I don't know if you know how much I
  • almost judge myself by seeing other people on social media
  • -Yeah, I do because let me tell you I worry every day
  • You don't know this when I'm on your social media
  • looking at all these other things that people have been doing
  • Just hoping you haven't seen it or that you're not affected by it
  • So I worry about that all the time, but I don't say anything about it
  • -this probably won't be a surprise because you saw my grades from that year but
  • In sophomore year I skipped math class like all the time. It was awful.
  • So yeah, there's that
  • -You know
  • One of the things that I don't think you know about me is like I feel like I'm always holding my breath, you know
  • I'm a lot softer person
  • I'm you know
  • When I get bored on my work conference call they tell you I doodle but I actually I write poetry in it a lot
  • But I don't exactly like to talk about it or put it out there
  • -but you just did
  • -I wish I knew more. *impersonates son* How was your day? Good.
  • Please tell me what's going on, please. I just want to know.
  • -Like I could tell you a lot more about what I do
  • But it's pretty boring. - But like today on the way here,
  • You told me you're working on a documentary
  • When you know, I'm a documentarian like shouldn't I know these things like this is what I do for a living
  • You know, I only have a couple years left before you go to college. I really want to
  • Be a part of it
  • -Yeah, I mean I made the decision to have kids and I gave up that control of really for me what I had, to raise
  • A family and and it's like my own fault, but I got kids out of it. That's great
  • I'll take the win on that
  • But you know, I want more control in..in terms of what I want to do. That's gonna make me happy and more fulfilled
  • -Why I feel like I want more control, it's not.. I wouldn't even..I wouldn't say it's you or mom
  • It's.. I just would like like to be doing more things by now
  • There's so many things that I wish I knew like for music and like making an actual song and things like that
  • So I feel like it's more of that
  • Environment holding me back then like home life
  • -For me I really didn't feel like I was in control of my own life. Now that I'm 40,
  • I feel like I'm finally
  • Grown into who I am truly as an adult and owning it. I'm in charge of my own life. There's nobody else
  • -I'm personally good with the amount of control I have
  • Though I'd like it if you can show me how to control it myself so when I finally go to college
  • And I'm independent I can actually know how to do these things. -Yeah, I think I'm currently very happy
  • where I am with what I control cause I understand that there are some things that I don't have control over and I think
  • when the divorce happened
  • having your parents
  • Break up there's
  • To see something as big as that, that is something I hadn't no control over
  • but I knew that I could control how my room looked, what I ate, what I wore, I kind of
  • embraced and took hold of because I knew that that's all I had control over.
  • -I don't know about this one
  • I think I'll go.
  • -Why are you shaking your head?
  • -Like there's always room for improvement so like
  • Even if you're at like the best you always want to get a better relationship with your parents
  • -okay got it.
  • -I just.. I feel like it..it's why I had kids when I was 20...by the time I was 22
  • I had both my kids because I was young parent I look at my kids I go
  • "Oh that really.. that mess- that messed 'em up. Dang it
  • They're gonna remember that one", you know, I just it's like it's hard because I know I haven't been you know completely perfect,
  • one I wish I could have a bunch of redos, but I can't so moving forward
  • I want to try to continue to work and get closer for sure
  • -like at this point what like both like me and you are looking for is just how to
  • how to
  • Have like the father/daughter connections still after high school, and I think we both feel that really hard right now
  • -yeah, I also had them young and you know, I'm divorced so
  • single mom with two kids and this is pursuing the career while
  • dating and I always feel like "oh my gosh,
  • I did the whole thing wrong."
  • Because there I am going on dates and
  • So I do feel like it had an impact in them. Especially Matteo, who's my youngest
  • -You were a lot, like you're always gone a lot but doesn't really change our relationship that much. I don't think
  • You having to date was a bad thing or having me early, Even though, you probably could've waited a little bit more
  • And there's, for me there's always still room for improvement
  • -It's not me saying that I wish the relationship would stay where it was cause I think we're in a good place
  • I just don't feel right now that it needs to be better. -Well in that I don't think it's definitely not perfect
  • -Yeah, -but we're learning at the same time to improve it constantly? Aren't we? constantly checking in every day with each other
  • We're always changing and I think you have to work with that
  • Hey guys, Kendra from Jubilee here. Thank you so much for watching this series middle ground. We are so passionate about inspiring radical empathy
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