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Why do parents think they know everything?

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nicebread
March 23rd, 2016 11:10am
Sometimes parents advice us on what to do because they do have so much more experience than us! We should take time to listen to what they have to say too, instead of assuming that they are not right. :)
sugglet244
March 24th, 2016 5:23pm
because they are older than you and are raising you. they think they know whats best for you and just want to love you at the end of the day
LoveRight27
March 27th, 2016 5:49pm
Because parents are much older, they've gone through a lot more. They try to use their limited experience and their biases to guide us towards what they think is right. A lot of the time, however, it isn't. At the end of the day, it's always important to respect and to consider what they're saying- but only you can make your decisions.
Belluswithinia
March 29th, 2016 11:21am
Take for example, you stand near a toddler, what would be your attitude , it would be the toddler is inexperienced, and suppose you freeze for some 25 years and the toddler grows up and suddenly you come back to life again, all your mindsets about that toddler who had grown up would be - he does not know as much as I do ... It's simply that parents' mind is so used to our childishness that they simply can't accept the fact that we are grown.. When you become a parent you would understand this !!!
UniqueLife
March 31st, 2016 6:59am
Because they have to act that way. When we were younger, we seek out to our parents for everything we don't know. That's why they're used to acting that way around us
SweetRainStorm
April 1st, 2016 6:30am
Our parents only want what is best for us, it always comes from a place of love. They have lived longer than us and have a ton of life experience. Sometimes they want to share that knowledge with us, so we can find the best solution for ourselves, instead of enduring pain.
imperfectionisbeauty24
April 1st, 2016 4:24pm
With age comes wisdom, so many parents feel they have that right over the years. Often times, that can be true.
disclousure
April 6th, 2016 1:59am
They've known you since before you've known your own name, I think it's safe to say that at least at some point they did know everything when it came to you. But, people get older and, thus, more complicated. Maybe they haven't realized this yet, or, there's a slight chance they do know this and that they're trying to reassure themselves that they didn't do everything possible for you to be happy (which is every parent's biggest nightmare). Either way, you should try to talk with them and make it clear what they're getting wrong about you.
strawberryLake18
April 6th, 2016 6:29am
It's just related to the age parents always think that they have been through a lot and that their age allowed them to have many experience and wisdom and that's why they think they know almost everything
dancingpancake
April 6th, 2016 4:08pm
Well, they have been at our age, they experienced the puberty and everything, they been through a lot of stuff so they think they can relate to our situation. But our generation is way different than theirs and for example, they no nothing about internet and online bullying that kids are experiencing daily. Although sometimes you think they don't understand, you should talk. It could help. A lot.
Anonymous
April 7th, 2016 12:57pm
They have lived longer, so they have had more experiences. However, they do not know everything. Maybe they feel there age makes them wiser.
SenpaiXD
April 7th, 2016 6:26pm
Perhaps you might need to think in their perspective. That they are older, more experienced and were also once your age. They know what it's like to be you but you don't know what it's like to be them.
magnificentBeauty56
April 8th, 2016 2:02am
They're your parents! That's what parents do! Honestly, they are just trying to do what is best for you!
ShadowAngel15
April 8th, 2016 7:47pm
Parents normally may often think they know everything because of their age and how they have the authority over their own children. But there is times, more than often in fact, that they don't know everything. Kids just often misinterpret. If a child asks their parents why they think they know everything, their is a high chance they will say they don't, they just want whats best for their child.
Monk
April 11th, 2016 4:47am
Parents dont think they know everything. Parents apply troubleshooting to situations based on their experiences. The way they troubleshoot might not suit with present generation scenarios. Reason why you might not be too keen on following them. But just because one way doesnt solve the problem, doesnt mean all their solutions are flawed. Their choice of Troubleshooting with people are almost always flawless. Something you should know. Pick up the good things from people around you. Leave out the bad.
mindfulBeing92
April 14th, 2016 3:04am
Because they created you, and feel as though your wants and needs cannot be much different than their own.
Anonymous
April 17th, 2016 3:37am
Generally parents will be the first to admit they don't know everything. Unlike their children who, when younger, often think they do. What parents do know however is more than children, and have at least twice the life experience of someone in their late teens. They also know that when they were their childrens age, they thought they knew everything too. While it is rarely well received, the things parents tell their kids to do is almost always because they don't want them making the same mistakes they did.
Anonymous
April 17th, 2016 5:52am
Parents don't know everything but they do sometimes knows what is best for you Take Advice from them
Anonymous
April 21st, 2016 8:55pm
Parents think they know everything because they have experienced a lot of thing we are going through or are about to go through. Sometimes they might be wrong but even if they are we should at least listen to their opinions because a lot of time they have something useful to say.
Johnviser
June 27th, 2016 12:22pm
Everybody assumes they know something and we all grew up with different experiences. That doesn't mean they're right, it's just part of growing up. Just learn, be wise and be open minded. You'll surprise yourself that someday you can easily understood others.
Anonymous
July 19th, 2016 11:12am
Parents are constantly trying to help their children, and they do that in the best and only way they know. They occasionally blank out on how far their kids have grown over time, and keep assuming that you're still that little kid who needs their help every step of the way.
BooishMonkey
August 30th, 2016 5:28pm
They know a lot more than you think. That does not mean they are right all the time, but have experienced much more than their children at first. If they are good parents they will provide examples and consequences for different situations. They will ask for your input and guide you based on past experiences.
Anonymous
September 27th, 2016 2:27pm
Generally parents will be the first to admit they don't know everything. Unlike their children who, when younger, often think they do. What parents do know however is more than children, and have at least twice the life experience of someone in their late teens. They also know that when they were their childrens age, they thought they knew everything too. While it is rarely well received, the things parents tell their kids to do is almost always because they don't want them making the same mistakes they did.
Peter
October 10th, 2016 4:43pm
Parents think they know everything, is because they have been your age before. There is the common misconception that if someone has been that physical age before, then they know what you are going through. Not only have times changed, there is a lot more stress on young people. The best way to deal with parents who think they know it all, is to just put up with it. Find a way to release anger and frustration with them another way. Its just how parents are made!
awesomeVision52
October 25th, 2016 7:06am
Parents feel their kids have the same habits & trait as they have. So their kids do the same things as they were doing at their children age. so they think they know everythink
iOMAR91
July 18th, 2017 9:53pm
Parents try to teach their kids what they learned from their life up to that point. They don't want their kids to make the same mistakes as they did. That's why they think they know more and with time it turns in to knowing everything ;)
allnaturalUnicorns70
May 22nd, 2018 1:19pm
They've got years of experience in many areas, and that isn't a small thing. That said, if you feel you aren't being heard, finding a more effective way of communicating with them might make life better for all of you!