“Don’t forget to take out the trash,” the mother tells her fourteen-year-old son. The son only

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“Don’t forget to take out the trash,” the mother tells her fourteen-year-old son. The son only scowls at her, revealing a face full of contempt. He turns away and struts back to his room to check his Twitter. This is a typical example of a teenager in rebellion. The adolescent years, the years in which one develops his or her own identity, are marked by confusion, acceptance, and rejection. Therefore, numerous people conclude that teenage rebellion is natural – something that is bound to occur. But this is not necessarily so. Since humans grow substantially during the thirteen to nineteen age period and are constantly in search of their place in society, adolescents in particular are easily influenced by their surroundings. By…show more content…
Thus, to prevent teenagers from revolting, parents must be able to relate to teenagers and listen to their voice. Surprisingly, birth order can play an even larger role than the parent-child relationship in causing rebellion. For a long time in human history, the status and fate of a person would be determined by when he or she was born. The eldest son would inherit the family name as well as obtain most of the estate while the later-born children would receive none or less land. Although the modern society places less emphasis on such laws like primogeniture and ultimogeniture, birth order still affects how one is perceived and treated by others. According to research done on families with several children, “firstborns are rated by siblings as more self-disciplined, organized, and deliberate than younger brothers and sisters. They are the ‘achievers’ in the family” (Sulloway 170). These generalizations set high expectations for firstborns, but sometimes, firstborns shy away from the excessive pressure. Not only can unnecessary stress hinder a teenager’s emotional growth, but also can cause the teenager to reject social norms. The world unfairly expects more success out of firstborns than laterborns. However, the first child is actually not considered the most rebellious one. Surveys similarly conclude that “laterborns reject tradition…[and are] twice as likely to describe themselves as the “rebel” of the family” (Sulloway
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