When you're a kid, you think you know everything and are basically invincible. It isn't until you get older that you realize you are probably pretty lucky to be alive after all the dumb choices you made as you were growing up.
And then you have your own kids and suddenly find yourself being the one that makes the rules, rather than being the one who always tries to break them.
Suddenly, you hear yourself saying things like "Because I said so, that's why!"
It’s the circle of life.
In a recent AskReddit thread, people shared the things they did as teenagers that they are definitely not going to let their own kids to. Their answers are very enlightening.
Starting with the most obvious one:
Set fire to EVERYTHING. –peanutismint
Yep, that seems like a really good idea, actually.
On the other hand, it's important to let kids be kids.
Get a job after school to help pay the mortgage.
I will manage my finances better than my mom did.–insertcaffeine
Remember that you control your destiny.
Not taking control of your own life. I was very much a passenger for my own life until late college years. I have since wised up and started moving my life to where I want it to be. I am not sure how I will do it, but I really want my kids to have a better grip on their lives. –cbijeaux
Here's the lesson a former bully learned:
Bully other kids.
I had fewer regrets in my life than being an asshole to a kid in my class for no reason. –UdotJdot
This next one might hit a little close to home for some of us…