Alex's Answer

Condescending adult behaviour

Your Question

Why do adults always act like anybody younger than them is stupid/incompetent?


Hey there, thanks for getting in touch!
It’s completely understandable that you might feel this way sometimes. It can be frustrating when adults don’t seem to take you seriously or underestimate your abilities. But it’s important to know that not all adults behave this way. Many adults respect and value the opinions and capabilities of younger people like yourself.
Sometimes, adults might unintentionally come across as dismissive because they have more life experience and knowledge. They may think they know what’s best based on their own experiences, but it doesn’t mean they’re always right. It’s essential for adults to listen to and learn from young people like you, as you have unique perspectives and insights that they might not have considered.
Remember, age doesn’t determine intelligence or competence. Everyone has their strengths and weaknesses, regardless of age. It’s about finding ways to communicate and collaborate effectively, regardless of age differences. So, don’t hesitate to speak up and assert yourself when you feel like your opinions are being overlooked or disregarded. You may find this article interesting
If you ever need someone to talk to about this or anything else on your mind, remember that Childline is here for you. You can reach out to us anytime by freephone at 1800 66 66 66 or through Messenger on our website, just click the purple Messenger circle and begin your chat.. We’re here to listen, support, and empower you, no matter what.
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