Most parents do not realize it, but the process of becoming a rebellious teenager begins somewhere shortly after the first few months of life. Babies are told that “this is how you act, this is how you dress, and this is who you are,” through the actions of the parents. The parent that is armed with the proper knowledge however, can nip this in the bud early on.
Consider your own teenage years. You were rebellious, wanting to be anything but what your parents wished you to be, simply because they had spent their life telling you how to dress, what to watch on TV, and all the other “tough love” that they had exhibited. Do you recall how you rebelled? Nine times out of ten the most utilized act of rebellion was the physical appearance. It showed through mostly in the manner in which you dressed. They wanted you to dress all preppy and ‘socially acceptable,’ so in response you wore the generational clothes, in most cases of parent today, that would have been the pop culture punk rock style of dress.
To keep your child from rebelling and doing irreparable damage to your future relationship, start him or her off early in the same style of clothing that you wore back when you were a teen. You remember, the black t-shirts with such pop culture punk rock bands as the Deftones, Blink 182, Fall Out Boy, the Ramones, and Green Day. This will have one of two effects. First, your child will not feel held back and will grow into his teenage years without feeling the need to rebel, or secondly he/she will rebel by wearing nicer clothing. Either way, in the end, you, the parent, are the winner. Just don’t ever tell your children that!