By Asia W. of the Born For Greatness Youth Writers’ Class
According to some people, teenagers are some of the most perplexing creatures on the planet. If you ask the parent of a teen, they would be likely to say that any little thing can set us off. We can have outbursts that’ll leave you scratching your head wondering what on earth you’ve done. So, in order to help prevent any further confusion, here is a list of five things you need to know. It should decrease the “oh-my-gosh-you-are-so-embarrassing” moments a bit.
1. We thoroughly enjoy it when you act goofy and ridiculous… while safely in the confines of our own home.
While it is acceptable (and slightly hilarious) for you to belt out Michael Jackson hits while preparing dinner in the kitchen, you cannot do the same while attending a birthday celebration for my best friend and expect to get the same reaction. This goes for all other injudicious acts including (but not limited to) the Electric Slide, Elvis impersonations, and ALL forms of karaoke.
2. Though our friends love you, (they tell us daily how awesome you are), don’t engage in lengthy conversations with them.
Something embarrassing is bound to “slip” out. It isn’t exactly necessary for anyone outside of our immediate family to know any of our childhood quirks, fears, or nicknames, as this sort of information tends to circulate quickly throughout our social circles.
3. Don’t immerse yourself too deeply into our entertainment.
Nothing good comes out of you having worse “Bieber Fever” than we do, and though we appreciate the effort, it can get slightly awkward comparing the looks of Leonardo DiCaprio and Orlando Bloom with you. The current day music, actors, shows, novels (*cough*Twilight*cough*) and the like should remain strictly for us.
4. While it is important for you to learn teen lingo, it’s not at all necessary for you to speak it.
It totally sucks when you use phrases like “that sucks” just as it becomes really un-epic when you comment on something by saying, “that’s so epic”. If you’ve ever wondered why our expressions are changing so often, there’s your answer.
5. We do come back.
Don’t get discouraged! After several years of thinking that you are the most utterly embarrassing people on the planet, we come out on the other side realizing that you were actually some pretty cool parents that we were privileged to have . Who knows; we might even join in on the fun!
Now that I think about it, the outcome of this list might be totally opposite than intended if it falls into the hands of parents that enjoy embarrassing their teens. If that is the case, I apologize in advance….
Asia is a student in the Born For Greatness Youth Writers Class, www.BFG-youth.com