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Why do parents think they know everything?

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February 19th, 2016 8:03am
They believe they have a had a ton more experience and lived longer.However we all learn different lessons some things they may have yet to no matter the time given.
February 19th, 2016 9:55am
Because they generally do. You'll only understand and see it when you're an adult yourself and viewing people the age you are now.
February 19th, 2016 10:08am
Parents love and care for you so much...they mean well and often they feel like the best way they can help is trying to relate to you and put themselves in your shoes. They might be coming from the perspective of what they would do if it were them...which can feel like they think they know better.
February 19th, 2016 10:30pm
Because they think they have tons of experience which equals to them being superior with decision making. It's not accurate for every parent.
February 20th, 2016 4:23am
They feel the consant need to protect, They sometimes forget different generations do different acts
February 25th, 2016 6:24am
Your parents were your age once, and have experienced your same issues. They want to keep you from making the same mistakes they did, as well as provide you with a better childhood than they had. They speak from experience, and wish to help you with their knowledge.
February 27th, 2016 12:10am
Sadly, they do know more than us. It sucks to admit that, because you know, essentially, we think we're smarter than them. But truth is, they've lived/experienced through more than we have. Most of the time it's their opinions that make them seem like they think they know everything.
March 2nd, 2016 3:47am
Your parents might be trying to look out for you and try to do what they think is in your best interest
March 2nd, 2016 5:04pm
With age comes wisdom, while you may think that it's annoying, really they do what they think is best for you. This sounds cliche I know, but parents are there for a reason, and someday you may thank them for that
March 3rd, 2016 7:48am
they're older than us and they've seen the world and that makes them think that they know everything but it's really not important that they actually know everything even if they say so.
March 4th, 2016 8:29pm
As you get older you realize that they may not be perfect or know everything but usually there's extreme value to what advice they give you. Much knowledge is gained through experience, so they have some insights that you have not yet reached. My parents loved me more than anyone in this world and I hope yours do as well. It seems smart to take advice and to listen to someone who cares about you that much, because they truly just want what's best for you.
March 4th, 2016 10:03pm
Because well they have been on this planet longer than you and they have finished school so they think they know everything.
March 4th, 2016 11:52pm
They lived their life, and they're trying to warn their kids about the mistakes they have made to keep their kids from making the same ones.
March 6th, 2016 1:09am
I don't think they think that. I believe they are trying to instill their knowledge because they do have some. I think though, sometimes, they tend to talk to their kids more than listen to them.
March 7th, 2016 10:08am
Because they do know what's right for their child. They would never want to hurt their child or want them be hurt other ways.
March 10th, 2016 2:03am
Parents think they know everything because they "have gone through the same stuff." i dont think so!
March 10th, 2016 12:04pm
there are 2 reasons. The first is that they remember when their children were born. And knew nothing. And after years of answering their questions, and explaining why things are as they are, they just got into a habit of explaining stuff. The second reason is that sometimes they see more than their children do, but they aren't quite sure how to say that without sounding like they are correcting them.
March 11th, 2016 4:58am
Well parents don't necessarily know everything nor do they think they do. Parents want to feel like they know the best for their child and to feel like they are a good parent. They naturally just want the best for you :)
March 11th, 2016 12:34pm
Hi, it may caused by lots of reasons, but something that i think is the main reason of that in lots of situations, and most of the time it will happen in 10~14 year old teens, is that your problems which you faced with were simple and they knew them because of their experiences, and when you are growing up, you may have some new problems which wasn't even exist in their teenage period, but they think they have to know it and if they just say "I don't know" you think that they are fool and stupid, which will happen, if you(as parent) don't know when is the time that you can say that!
March 13th, 2016 8:26am
It could be for different reasons. Perhaps they want to be controlling over you, perhaps they think you're too immature to make some of your own decisions, or perhaps they are trying their best to look out for you.
March 16th, 2016 5:20pm
Do you ever look back on something you did as a young kid and groan in embarrassment? This will continue for your whole life -- when you're forty, you'll hopefully look back on the way you were at thirty and groan. It's a good thing because it shows that you're growing as a person! So, a grown adult with a job and a family looks back on their teenage years and cringes. They've learned so much since then, and the problems of twenty or thirty years ago seem insignificant compared to what they're dealing with now. However, what parents sometimes forget is that, for a young person, these problems are not insignificant. Ever wonder why a baby cries so hard over a little fall or a small disappointment? To someone older, it seems like not such a big deal. But to a baby, that may be the worst experience they've ever had in their life so far. Same goes for adults and teens. For example, an adult might remember their high school relationships and last. But to a teen, it's their first love and their first experience of heartbreak. Adults get so caught up in their reflections on their own life that they forget that the problems of their kids, which may not be so big in the grand scheme of things, are still emotionally just as affecting as the problems of an adult.
March 16th, 2016 8:23pm
Parents go through a longer life experience than their children. Sometimes those opinions and re telling come off as know-it-all-ism. Recognize that their experiences are valid to them as your experiences, which may differ in the long run are valid to you.
March 16th, 2016 11:11pm
They always feel the need to be right even if it means making up lies. They need to have that feel good moment when they tell someone they're wrong
March 17th, 2016 7:23am
Parents both being the head of the family , basically as a nature always show themselves knowing a lot about their children and their issues , which part is true , since they went through same stage before , and now see their children going through same phase ..which this point gives them the proper knowledge to show themselves knowing everything.
March 18th, 2016 11:45am
Parents always want to act like protectors and guides, using their experience as the answer to all of the things their children encounter in life. Sometimes that's true and their knowledge saves the day, but each generation lives in a different world and faces different challenges. It's hard for parents to assume that.
March 19th, 2016 3:31pm
Because they have the authority, and authority means responsibilities. They do not know everything but they feel that THEY MUST KNOW everything for the sake of their beloved children,
March 20th, 2016 12:31am
I think because parents are older and have been through the same things that we're going through now, they believe they have all the answers, and that you'll get through everything just the way they did. In a way I guess they don't expect you to be born with the knowledge, and feel obligated to be there for you every step of the way because they love you.
March 20th, 2016 2:53pm
Parents generally want what's best for their kids. Therefore if you try to go and do anything that may end badly our has ended badly for them in the past, they will attempt to stop you.
March 20th, 2016 8:14pm
Because they have lived, made mistakes and learnt from them, good and bad. It can be frustating, but more often than not, it comes from a good place
March 20th, 2016 8:33pm
because they are parents and they were child too some year before n they too hv such parents who thinks the same