We’re not stupid, and most teenagers and children aren’t either if you give them a chance and try to explain a situation to them. Seriously, there must be something more productive and positive to say when faced with tough questions than “you’re too young to understand that.”
These types of responses shut the younger person down completely. It closes the conversation because it doesn’t allow a valid response. No one can agree or disagree with this statement because the future is unknown. I might understand when I’m older, I might never understand, we don’t know. And you can’t predict my future, so please try not to, especially if you’re going to shut me down in the present. I honestly never know what to say when people tell me this. There is nothing that I can think of that will satisfy me while continuing the conversation."
One of the most condescending statements is really ageist and needs to no longer be said