Parents have difficulty educating teens because we love too much to apply supposedly effective procedures.
Teenagers are all vague and that is part of that stage of life. Not wanting to make efforts than those that produce bodily pleasure (sports, sleep, fornicate) and than those that generate prestige among other teens.
From the first period and the first wet dreams, nature sends the order to reproduce and accommodates their vulnerable brains to think only meet the unique demand here: Nature. "Listen to your mother!" Is the great slogan to guide their actions, and mother-mother, the number one, is Nature.
Notice how these funny and rude angels are actually examples of discipline. What bothers us is that they report to who really calls the shots, not the pathetic middle (the parents).
I'm not saying all this with irony or double intend or metaphorically: These are the instincts that govern our lives, but as we are arrogant to compensate for low self-esteem, we insist that human beings do and undo what we want.
In areas where it is customary to destroy the morale of the rebels (military, jail, dictatorships), the procedure is to humiliate, demean and humiliate the revolutionary and subversive. They are considered suitable for coexistence when prisoners or conscripts kneel before a simple look superior.
Applying this philosophy is that we try to teach our young people to become working adults and able to have children who can educate this same procedure.
Paradoxically, parents have difficulty raising these achievements in our teens because we want the best for them.
Note: Original in Spanish (without translation by Google): La pereza de los adolescentes.
(Este es el Artículo Nº 1.990)