Should Parents be blamed for Teenagers' Misbehavior?

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According to a recently published article, teenagers nowadays smoke, drink, and hang out more frequently compared to the last few generations. Many external factors such as media, friends, and so on have been so influential in molding teenagers' behavior and personal character. Although many think that parents should be blamed for teenagers' misbehavior, I strongly believe that teenagers misbehave due to other reasons.

Some people may still maintain the thinking that parents build up a firm foundation for children's behavior. They think so because parents are the role models for kids when kids are still young. However, they need to understand that teenagers act differently when out of home. Once teenagers leave their house, they do whatever they like since parents are not around. They feel enthusiastic in trying out things which are new to them, for instance taking drugs etc. Sometimes, parents' overprotectiveness may produce adverse results. Their children turn out to be rebellious, as parents set too much limits and restrictions on them.

In the process to fight for freedom, they do things which are opposed to our society's norm so that their parents are aware of that. Other than that, children's mentality might change after reaching puberty. Teenagers tend to outshine themselves by doing things which are extreme in order to attract opposite sex. Therefore, children misbehave because of their personal reasons.

Opponents claim that parents are responsible of exposing their children to religious education. By introducing children to proper religion, children would not do things which are unethical and unaccepted by the society. It is very unfortunate that in this open society, parents do not have control over their children's choice of religion. Teenagers have the freedom to choose their own religion. If parents teach children about religious education by force, this might produce...