I spend most of my day answering questions and responding with advice to other people. Let me ask your advice and wisdom about something...
Let's say I "know somebody" who has a teenage son who wallows in self pity. And let's say this "person I know" has a very hard time with dealing with this particular issue because it is so opposite of his personality as a father. And pretend that "this guy" knows his son never reads this blog anyway, so he'll never see this post.
And let's say that "this person's" son goes on and on about how hard his life is, and how no one understands how difficult he has had it. And let's continue to say that this "guy I know" realizes his son has had a few hard things to deal with but nothing that is not typical of almost every kid, and certainly not anywhere close to maybe the hypothetical childhood of kids adopted from poor countries who grew up poor as dirt with no future, hypothetically speaking... however, despite some typical difficulties, this son seriously indulges in self pity not based on reality and is convinced he his life has been especially "hard".
So if I knew "a guy, a Dad" who was having a hard time knowing how to respond to a situation like this, what advice could you give me to to give to him, if he existed?
If you've "been there, done that" with teenagers, what is your experience, your advice?
If you are a young adult and went through a time of feeling this way about yourself, what advice would you give?
If you are a teen now, and can understand how another teen feels when they think life is horrible, what advice would you give?
Leave a comment, and if I ever do run across "some person I know" who is experiencing this, I'll pass on your thoughts...