27 Adults Admit Their Biggest Regrets From When They Were Teens


I told my parents my brother had been molesting me for 6 years, and they didn’t believe me. My regret is that as soon as I moved out I didnt cut ties with them and shut them out of my life forever. I am trying to mend things now and a part of my realizes I will never really forgive them for turning their back on me and neglecting me 99% of my childhood.


Didn’t save money.


That I didn’t get braces. I was so adamant that I didn’t need or want them because they didn’t look good. So many people had braces, it wasn’t as big of a deal as I thought it was. Braces look a lot worse when you’re in your 40s, believe me.


I kind of missed my teen years. I was working 20+ hours a week from 14 on. Never really just hung out with people…Never did anything. School, work, sleep, rinse repeat. Started working full time at 18…I had a day job, and then, to be “social” I waited tables and (later) tended bar at night. That was my idea of a SOCIAL LIFE. It was a long time before I felt secure enough to not work…By then it was a little weird to be learning how to just hang out and do nothing.


Not standing up to my parents with a lot of important issues that affected my future. I knew in my heart that they were making poor decisions for me, but didn’t know how I could change it. I was just a kid.

Written by Alex Cogen

Alex is a New Yorker currently living in Austin. She loves cats, grass, and latex but unfortunately is allergic to all 3. She makes mom and dad jokes more than she cares to admit (jk she'll admit it loud and proud). She isn't as funny as she thinks she is. She is the founder of