I didn't want to get the other thread off topic so I started a new one. This quote was from the other thread. I am just curious as to why 16 year olds today are not as mature as years ago? Is it because parents coddle them too much & do not expect them to be mature & responsible? Don't mean to start a war or debate, just really curious as to why it seems kids are not mature at 16 like they used to be. Most kids are maturing sexually (at least girls it seems) earlier than they did 100 years ago. Like starting their periods earlier & such. Would love to hear others thoughts. I know when I was 16 I could have easily married & settled into that with no problems. Yet my 16 year old is not near as responsible as I was at that age. Part of that is because of her being blind & I admit I do not expect her to do quite as many things as I did at that age. At 16 I was working a weekend job & also doing numerous chores at home. Paid my own insurance & gas, & also paid for my own car. Bought my own clothes, paid my phone bill, & paid $15 a week rent. A lot of people may think that is a lot to expect of a 16 year old, but I am glad my parents expected that of me. I think it made me a more responsible person who was aware of what things actually cost. IMO kids today are given too much & not expected to contribute financially until they are out of college. I know too many kids that have a car given to them, their insurance is paid by mom & dad, they care given gas money & money for clothes & just for going out with friends. Parents pay for their college & they basically are not expected to do much or pay much until out of college. I am not saying all kids are like that because I know a few that aren't. But I do think a lot of kids have been spoiled by their parents & that has a lot to do with their maturity level & how responisible they are. Once again, I am not pointing fingers at anyone on this board & I do not want this to turn into a big flame war. Just curious as to what you had to do as a child versus what you have your kids do. I am trying my best to give my kids a good work ethic & they also know that money does not grow on trees. I want them to become responsible people that know how to work for what they have or want. Even now they have to save up their own money if there is something they want to buy. I think kids appreciate things a lot more when they have to work for & pay for it.