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150 Best Ungrateful Teenager Quotes (2023)

1. Think about the emotional needs underlying the behaviour


2. “Is it so difficult to learn that a parent only wants the best for their children? So many efforts lead to a child’s I hate you, and I don’t care that a parent might stop and think, Is this worth it?”


3. “I realize that this is what being a parent means – facing the most horrible thing that could ever happen to you and yet thinking only of how it will hurt your child. ” — Claudia Gray


4. Schedule discussions on hot-button topics


5. Teach Your Teen Gratitude


6. “A mom’s duty goes beyond the usual housewife chores. A dad’s love for the mum can be so important when their child breaks her heart!”


7. “Teenagers are the most wonderful, horrible creatures God ever put on this earth.” – Unknown


8. “Having a teenage daughter is like walking on broken glass.” – Unknown


9. Consider meeting with a family therapist


10. Fight Comparison


11. “The only thing I know for certain about raising teenagers is I have no idea what I’m doing. Every day I’m just hoping I didn’t mess up too badly, trying to do a little better than the previous day. Stumbling, bumbling, struggling, forgiving, talking, ignoring, guiding, praying, wishing, wondering, stressing. Loving them the only way I know how: with all my heart and everything I have. And hoping that it’s enough.”


12. “I will always need my Son, no matter what age I am. My son has made me laugh, made me proud, made me cry, seen me cry, hugged me tight, seen me fail, cheered me up, kept me on my toes, and at times driven me crazy, But my Son is a promise that I will have a friend FOREVER!”


13. “It’s so easy for children to hurt their parents – unwarranted rudeness, a simple “I don’t care” and all the anger. Children will never understand the feeling until they themselves too become a parent one day. ”


14. “They’re your parents. They’re meant to love you because. Never in spite. ” — Patrick Ness


15. Set boundaries. Ungrateful teenagers can be very demanding, and if you don’t set boundaries early on, they can become incredibly difficult to deal with. Tell the teenager what they can and can’t expect from you and make sure you stick to them


16. “It may have seemed like tough love, or a harsh reality check, but putting it into practice has been fairly gentle. I have seen him trying to be more conscientious…everything has a honeymoon period; so, only time will tell — But as for this week, things are much better and I have high hopes.”


17. “Do not hurt your parents because they are those who are with you in any situation without any interest. ” — Avinash Mina


18. “And I just want to tell you, at some point, it doesn’t matter who was right and who was wrong. At some point, being angry is just another bad habit, like smoking, and you keep poisoning yourself with it without thinking about it. ” — Jonathan Tropper


19. “Most of all, the other beautiful things in life come by twos and threes, by dozens and hundreds. Plenty of roses, stars, sunsets, rainbows, brothers, and sisters, aunts and cousins, but only one mother in the whole world. ” — Kate Douglas Wiggin


20. “Anything your parents do for you after you’re 18 years old is out of pure love. Respect that and be thankful. ”


21. Focus on the present — not on past mistakes and regrets


22. “My teenager is happy and well-adjusted. I think I’ve done a pretty good job of raising him so far. The problem is that he is totally ungrateful for everything I’ve done for him. How to deal with an ungrateful teenager?”


23. Stay calm. Ungrateful teenagers can be chaotic, and if you start to get angry with them, it will only make things worse. Remain calm and try to reason with them rather than get angry


24. “Every parent has been hurt by their children. Often, it is not a one-time accident. A child may know that they are hurting their parents, yet they keep doing that because they know that their parents will always love them. ”


25. “How many men and women lose potential partners because they have bratty, entitled, or disrespectful kids? The worse is when they are adults. They are no longer children but act it. ”


26. “Pizza Solves a Lot of Problems,” and Other College Advice I’m Passing Along to My Teen


27. “A parent should never get hurt by teenagers’ words as there will be many opportunities in life where you can teach your child the importance of right and wrong. ”


28. “Don’t anger your parents in order to please other people. Those other people did not spend their lives building you. ”


29. “Love your parents. We are so busy growing up that we often forget that they are growing old. ”


30. “When you look into your mother’s eyes, you know that is the purest love you can find. ” — Mitch Album


31. Let them know you’re there for them. Ungrateful teenagers can be prone to feeling alone, and knowing that you’re there for them can be really reassuring. Let them know that you’re there to support them and that you’re willing to help them in any way possible


32. “A mother is she who can take the place of all others but whose place no one else can take. ” — Cardinal Meymillod


33. “The first time that a child hurts the parents, the child will not even know just the extent of damage that they have done. They never know because they have never experienced it themselves. ”


34. Be patient. Ungrateful teenagers can be very stubborn, so it can take a while to get them to understand why they’re being treated the way they are. Be patient and don’t give up on them too easily


35. “If there is one thing motherhood has taught me, it is the fact that part of being a parent is experiencing heartache and knowing that you would endure it a million times over because your child is worth it. ” — Christina Romo


36. “Parents do understand that children will be rebellious one day, but that doesn’t make it hurt any less. It hurts the first time, and it will continue hurting the 100th time. ”


37. “Nobody ever feels they’re doing well with teenagers, he said. I think that’s kind of the point of them.” — Jojo Moyes


38. “Focus on the behaviour; not on the person.” Daniel, it’s just the truth; a great insight for parents who want to get the respect of their teenagers. Thanks for the insightful post


39. “You can’t demand respect, but you can require that your child acts respectfully, no matter how they feel about the situation.”


40. “A mother is a shooting star who passes through your life only once. Love her because when her light goes out, you will never see her again. ”


41. Be a role model


42. “Never hurt your mother because she is the only one who is with you in your difficulties. ” — Ankith MS


43. “The hard thing is, you try to help them, but still, you’re the bad one. ”


44. “Hurting someone who loves you is like throwing a stone in a lake, but you never really know how deep the stone goes once it hits the water. Take care to remember that each stone thrown could be a ripple of hurt or a tidal wave of devastation. ” — Stacey Miller


45. “What’s in it for me?”


46. “Quit treating me like a child!”


47. Notice disrespect and call it what it is


48. “You can choose to disrespect me, but I will not permit you to hurt my spirit. ” — Lailah Gifty Akita


49. “With all the smiles that your children have brought you, isn’t it amazing that they can bring you so many tears as well?”


50. “It’s truly painful when you need to recognize and acknowledge the fact that a child has walked out of your life. ”


51. “When our children break our hearts, we remember how our parents once told us, You’ll understand when you have your children one day. ”


52. “If you disrespect your parents, remember! You deserve nothing. ” — Keval Karia


53. “I’ve learned – that no matter how you try to protect your children, they will eventually get hurt, and you will hurt in the process. ”


54. “Maybe one day, children will finally stop hurting their parents. It is going to take a long time, with plenty of lessons and good examples, but maybe one day, it will stop hurting so much. ”


55. “When your children break your heart, wallow in the sadness as long as you need to, but always let your prayers lead your children on. ”


56. “I constantly go between wanting you to be my baby forever, and being excited about all the amazing things you’ll do in this life.”


57. “A very painful part of being a parent is having really negative feelings about your children when you love them so much. ” — Louis C. K


58. “It’s amazing when someone can break your heart, but you still love them with all the little pieces. ”


59. “I Hate You, Mom! I Wish You Were Dead!” — When Kids Say Hurtful Things


60. “It hurts like how parents feel inside when their children raise their voices against them after standing by their own feet. ” — Subha Sarina


61. “Don’t take things personally, but don’t condone disrespect. ” — Izey Victoria Odiase


62. “Instead of scolding your child, let them know calmly why you are upset. That way, you are raising them to argue constructively. ”


63. Make sure you know what you’re getting yourself into. Ungrateful teenagers can be difficult to deal with, but if you’re not prepared for the challenge: it will be much harder. Make sure you have a good understanding of why the teenager is ungrateful and be prepared to stick to your guns if necessary


64. “Children begin by loving their parents; after a time, they judge them; rarely, if ever, do they forgive them. ” — Oscar Wilde


65. “Never complain about what your parents couldn’t give you. It was probably all they had. ”


66. “Most kids would not respect their parents as much as they do, or even at all, if they knew how intellectually undemanding the role they played in their creation. ” — Mokokoma Mokhonoana


67. Empathize without enabling


68. “Mothers can forgive anything! Tell me all, and be sure that I will never let you go, though the whole world should turn from you. ” — Louisa May Alcott


69. And Last but Not Least: Don’t Demand Respect


70. “Raising teenagers is like trying to nail fog to a wall.” – Unknown


71. is ok , they need a space. tell them , in my house at 7pm. . i know we have to check where they are , as me i don’t care, and i don’t want to know , because they are teenage we did our job to raise them , now our kids thinks know every things start the age 11 yrs to 18 yrs. is ok let them be. in my latter


72. “Why do children break your heart after everything you have done for them? It’s the worst pain ever. ”


73. “Tantrums are not bad behavior. Tantrums are an expression of emotion that becomes too much for the child to bear. No punishment is required. What your child needs is compassion and safe, loving arms to unload in. ” — Rebecca Eanes


74. ‘In the end, this phase will pass, they will grow up and everything will be ok’ is the Lifes moto of adults here.


75. “Everyone in this world can turn their back on you during your hard times except your parents. ” — Anurag Prakash Ray


76. “Appreciate your parents. You never know what sacrifices they went through for you. ”


77. Don’t Take Your Child’s Side


78. “Only if you pay me.”


79. “A grown adult should never have to be told to be respectful. Showing disrespect is not only immature but is a common trait of narcissism. Never tolerate those who are disrespectful. ”


80. Avoid unnecessary arguments


81. keep remain them is called tough love


82. “The person you care about and love the most is so often the same person that you’ll let hurt you the most. ”


83. “Love is not a reason to tolerate disrespect. ”


84. “The bigger point is, the message was received. I think a lot influenced his very sudden change in heart,” Estella replied.


85. Set clear boundaries, and expect your kid to honor them


86. “It is human to be angry, but childish to be controlled by anger. ” — Mokokoma Mokhonoana


87. Teach Your Teen Gratitude


88. “Be leery of silence. It doesn’t mean you won the argument. Often, people are just busy reloading their guns. ” — Shannon L. Alder


89. Set realistic expectations — for them and for yourself


90. “Sometimes all the children need is some space after they have broken your heart. Just let them know that you are there for them. ”


91. “Don’t hurt your parents because one day you will miss them badly. ” — Sheli Singh


92. “I have learned that I should be careful with the words I choose to say when I am angry because later, those words always leave a huge wound of regrets in my heart besides hurting loved ones. Those wounds can’t be healed!” — Nino Varsimashvili


93. “Sometimes it hurts me to see why children leave their parents for the sake of a new person in their life. He or she is ready to leave those parents who gave their whole life just for the upbringing of their child. ”


94. “It’s not my fault.”


95. “Many parents do not show themselves hurting even when their children have hurt them so much. Even when they are hurt, they still take care of their children’s feelings. Such is the power of a parent’s love. ”


96. Understand the teenage brain


97. “I am your parent and you have to respect me!” Does that sound familiar? A lot of parents in our online parent coaching program ask, “How can I get my child to respect me?”


98. clothes, games, shoes and than bed you will be in your empty rooms


99. “Make me a sandwich.”


100. “Ignoring a child’s disrespect is the surest guarantee that it will continue. ” — Fred G. Gosman


101. “Maybe one day, children will finally stop hurting their parents. It is going to take a long time, plenty of lessons and good examples, but maybe one day, it will stop hurting so much. ”


102. “It’s so easy for children to hurt their parents – unwarranted rudeness, a simple I don’t care and all the anger. Children will never understand the feeling until they pay. ”


103. “You might feel like a failure when your child has broken your heart, but know that God is with you through this painful journey. One day, you will get there. ”


104. “I can do this on my own!”


105. be in kitchen to do dishes and cleaning the sitting room, they should do it , i know is hard , but remamber WE ARE THE BOSS. KEEP TELL THEM IS MY HOUSE NOT YOURS. and if they says No, that he will make his own dinner , it happen like 3 times with my 16 yrs son. . i cook for the famliy, and not him. Yes i did


106. “I would have given anything to keep her little. They outgrow us so much faster than we outgrow them.” -Jodi Picoult


107. “Don’t use the sharpness of your tongue on the mother who taught you to speak. ” — Ali Ibn Abi Talib


108. Don’t Bad-Mouth Other People


109. “To my father, who told me the stories that matter. To my mother, who taught me to remember them. ” — Marita Golden


110. “A mother will continue to love her child even after the child has angered her, saddened her, and made her feel disappointed. She only wants her child to know that her love is truly unconditional. ”


111. “I saw how, when my brother smoked reefer, it made my mother cry. He was 16 at the time. And I saw that she broke down and cried. I never wanted to hurt my mother, so I kept away from drugs. ” — Ving Rhames


112. Don’t make it personal


113. “Don’t stand for defiance and disrespect from your kids. There’s no excuse for abuse. ”


114. “Speak when you are angry, and you’ll make the best speech you’ll ever regret. ” — Lawrence Peter


115. “When you went to your room instead of calling your sister names, that was great. I know you’ve been working on controlling your temper when you’re annoyed. I appreciate it.”


116. “Why should I?”


117. “There is no school equal to a decent home and no teacher equal to a virtuous parent. ” — Mahatma Gandhi


118. “The hardest part of being a parent is that you can’t stop the world from hurting your child. You can only be there to ease the pain. ”


119. Clarify the real-world consequences of your kid’s behavior


120. ‘All for the sake of peace’ i heard recently. (From a Mum of kids with ‘no rules’ – her own words – and that talk like their mouth is a garbage can. ) But hey..she has peace.


121. “Now I understand why some parents disown their children. You can only push a parent so far, be so disrespectful and take advantage of them for so long before they just can’t take any more. ”


122. “Your children vividly remember every unkind thing you ever did to them, plus a few you didn’t. ” — Mignon McLaughlin


123. Ignore mild forms of disrespect


124. “It’s popular to talk about bad toxic mothers, that we forget kids can be bad too. ” — Lauren Levine


125. “No bible lessons are going to teach the children to be nice to their parents and to take care of their parent’s feelings. This has to be learned by the children on their own. ”


126. “Here’s what kids don’t do: Respect you and be grateful. Here’s what they do: Eat their food, break your heart. Such a tough parenting journey!”


127. Empower Them to Get Things for Themselves


128. “I don’t deserve this.”


129. Understand that your teenager is developing independence


130. Set clear and consistent boundaries


131. “A mother will know the meaning of unconditional love when their children break their heart, and yet they still love them just the same. ”


132. “It’s not my job.”


133. “If you have never been hated by your child, you have never been a parent. ” — Bette Davis


134. “Children don’t hurt their parents intentionally. But sadness is that they do even after knowing the effect. ”


135. “Welcome to being the parent of a teenager. Prepare for large amounts of eye-rolling, emotional outbursts, and thoughts of running away. And that’s just the parents!”


136. Be respectful when correcting your child


137. “Later, that same night, he came back into my room and sat on the foot of my bed and asked if we could talk,” she posted to Facebook. “He wanted to know how he could earn things back.


138. “When your child breaks your heart, it might feel as if your child does not love you anymore. However, always remember the days when you, too, were a young child and said hurtful words to your own parent. ”


139. Don’t Forget to Notice Their Good Behavior


140. “One of the toughest things to do as a parent is to go through all the arguments that break your hearts and bring yourself to forgive them completely. ”


141. ‘Remain calm’ is not really a good tip. it seems good, but doesnt really help solving the ‘details’ of the problem.


142. Get on the same page with your partner


143. “Adolescence is perhaps nature’s way of preparing parents to welcome the empty nest.” — Anonymous


144. Fight Comparison


145. “The secret of dealing successfully with a child is not to be its parent. ” — Mell Lazarus


146. “I don’t know how to run the vacuum cleaner.”


147. “Teenagers are ungrateful, unreliable, and irresponsible. But they’re also funny, passionate, and inquisitive and full of potential. In other words, they’re just like adults — only more so.” – Robert Brault


148. “The hardest part of being a parent is watching your children go through something really tough and not being able to fit it for them. All I am doing is all I can do. ”


149. “Sometimes we don’t appreciate the heavy sacrifices our parents are making for us until we become parents. ” — Terry Mark


150. “Children who disrespect their parents cannot respect anybody else. ”


151. “Don’t disobey,dirsrespect or hurt your parents. Parents are the ones who taught you how to walk and made you strong enough to achieve your dreams. ”


152. “Borrowing” your money, your clothes, etc. without asking


153. “You will never know the pain of hurting your mother until your own children hurt you back. ”


154. “Your children will never know how to appreciate you until they too have become parents on their own. ”


155. “How is it that parents have such a wonderful capacity for love? The love from a parent for a child is so strong that there might not be a more powerful force ever. ”


156. “We’ve had bad luck with our kids – they’ve all grown up. ” — Christopher Morley


157. “Motherhood is a choice you make every day to put someone else’s happiness and well-being before your own. To teach hard lessons, do the right thing, even when you’re unsure what the right thing is. And forgive yourself over and over for doing everything wrong.”


158. “It’s not fair.”


159. “Hurting the feelings of parents brings punishment in both worlds. ”


160. Don’t Mix Alcohol and Conversations


161. “It’s important to remember that an argument with your child does not mean that they hate you. They are learning and growing with you too!”


162. “Don’t hurt your parents for your temporary happiness with someone. ”


163. “taking it”


164. “A mother is a woman who shows you the light when you just see the dark. ” — Grimaldos Robin


165. Work on Yourself


166. “A father’s goodness is higher than the mountain, and a mother’s goodness deeper than the sea. ” — Japanese Proverb


167. “We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude. ” — Cynthia Ozick


168. “Wondering why you took up parenting when your child breaks your heart? But then once you feel better, you just love them all over again. ”


169. “Don’t get involved with anyone who doesn’t respect his mother. ” — Mia Farrow


170. “I don’t need your help!”


171. Avoid using “you are” and “you should” statements


172. Empower Them to Get Things for Themselves


173. “To an adolescent, there is nothing more embarrassing than a parent.” – Dave Barry.


174. “A child who is allowed to be disrespectful to his parents will not have true respect for anyone. ” — Billy Graham


175. “How sinful are those youth who speak gently with their friends while they shout out at their mothers. ”


176. “Hold dear to your parents for it is a scary and confusing world without them. ” — Emily Dickinson


177. Stop trying to be your kid’s BFF or savior


178. “You don’t have to like the rule, but you do have to comply with it. Just because you’re irritated doesn’t mean you get to call me names.”


179. ‘Forbidding’ something?? ‘Are you crazy? thats worse..they will do it anyway’ (And im talking big issues, like drugs, drink, etc..not ‘watch tv or not’)


180. If you set consequences, follow through on them


181. “It’s only as a parent that you can have your heart broken and still love the person with every little bit of your broken heart. ”


182. Don’t take it personally. Ungrateful teenagers can be really hard to deal with, and it can be easy to take it personally. Try to remain objective and understand that the teenager is only behaving this way because they’re not happy


183. Don’t Take Everything Personally or Overreact


184. “Children might not acknowledge that they are breaking your heart, but they know it, and they will feel just as guilty afterward, too. ”

There you go! The teenage brain can have a sense of entitlement. Sow hen you're engaging young people in their teenage years, consider their teenage brains.


If it's your family members who are in their teen years, try to think of good things you can do to connect with them. Hopefully you've now read some of the best quotes to help an entitled teenager become a grateful man rather than an ungrateful man.


The hard work of life can take a lot of time to grow. We all don't come out of the womb caring for the needs of others but it can be learned.


So if you're a mom of teenagers or a dad who, with their mum, are the parents of teens, how can family life embrace more positive behavior? Well, leave behind the power struggle.


Model better behavior and express appreciation for how your teen acts. Don't be an ungrateful soul! Show that young person what it looks like to live in an effective way.


Make sure you don't display any disrespectful behavior if you think it's a good idea to raise quality young people. Such people take time to grow and it's not just one hard day that does it, it's a lifetime!

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