Decisions, Decisions

Laura - Manlius, New York
Entered on December 10, 2008
Age Group: Under 18
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I believe that as you get older, you gain more responsibility and you’re better equipped to handle these responsibilities.

I think that by the time you’re a teenager, the decisions that you have to make become more and more confusing. Our society gives us mixed signals. We are allowed to drive a car without adult supervision by the time we’re sixteen, but we can’t decide what classes to take in school without a parent’s signature. Our parents might allow us to see a movie, but the movie theater could be telling us no. These things puzzle teenagers and make it harder for them to know what decision is right for them.

I’m not old enough to drive yet, but both of my brothers are. I remember what it was like when they first started to drive. I don’t think that my brothers were nervous about driving at all. I think that they were mostly excited that their mom wouldn’t have to drive them around everywhere. Every chance that they got, they would ask my parents if they could drive. My parents wanted them to get as much experience behind the wheel as possible, so they almost always said yes. This experience allowed them to enhance their driving skills and become more aware drivers.

I think that most parents are overprotective of their children when they start to drive because this is the first big responsibility that you get in your life. Passing this milestone, successfully, shows adults that you’re able to handle some significant responsibilities that could be thrown at you.

One weekend, my friend and I were sitting around with nothing to do and we decided that we wanted to see this new movie, “Changeling”. Our parents asked us what the movie was rated and after we told them it was rated-R for “violent and disturbing content, and language”. Our parents were fine with us going to see this movie. However, neither of our parents had the time to go with us to the movie, so we couldn’t go because of the movie theater’s restrictions.

I frequently go to the movies without my parents and we discuss the movie if they think that the movie’s content would be inappropriate. I think that people should be able to make their own decisions about things like going to the movies. If your parents or guardian say that it’s okay that you’re going to this movie, then you should be able to go without any other restrictions. Going to the movies affects the individual and it doesn’t harm others.

I believe that allowing teenagers and their parents to talk to each other about things, like going to the movies or driving a car, will help teenagers make better choices throughout their life. This discussion will help teenagers thinking and decision-making to progress.