Maybe should be in 'Entertainment', but felt so strongly that I felt it had to go here.
Mrs C and I watched "The Children" on ITV last night, having seen the first episode last week. Good drama as it is, I was incensed by the parental behaviour on display during the program. I know from first hand experience that teenagers have their moments and can be a bit of a challenge, but almost every scene in last night's episode was a lesson in bad parenting.
The teenage lad, who seems to me like a perfectly normal teenage boy going through what must be a very confusing and difficult time after his parents' break-up and being pushed from parent to parent, is continuously on the receiving end of both his mother's and father's assaults, both verbal and physical. If there was one thing I would say is guaranteed to intensify any problems a parent is having with a teenager, that is to behave in the way they were on that episode last night.
I hope any of you with little ones who were watching last night think that the way to deal with teenagers is by raised voices (not to mention raised fists), think again. Teenagers are mini adults. They have their own thoughts and opinions. They just need to be guided, not pushed or forced. They learn by mistakes themselves. They also learn from our mistakes. So when your 15 year-old is behaving like the prize prat they often do, see it as part of their learning curve, not an excuse to behave in the way the characters on that drama were last night.