I just read this cool article from THE NEW YORK TIMES about a book written by teenagers on how parents should talk to their kids. The 17-year-old authors give examples on how to rephrase sentences so they won't be offensive to teenagers. I feel like my 8-year-old already has a tendency to roll his eyes when I ask him about his friends, school, feelings, etc. I cannot imagine how tough it will be to get him to express anything when he is an adolescent. I should really start trying harder now.
Here's part of the article:
Ms. Frankel and Ms. Fox, both 17, are the authors of "Breaking the Code" (NewAmerican Library), a new book that seeks to bridge the generational dividebetween parents and adolescents. It is being promoted by its publisher as thefirst self-help guide by teenagers for their parents, a kind of "Kids Are FromMars, Parents Are From Venus" that demystifies the language and actions ofteenagers.
Both girls are seniors at Fieldston, the private school in the Bronx. Theybegan writing more than a year ago after hearing a talk at their school by apsychologist who aimed to help parents make better sense of their children. Thegirls thought they could do even better. Encouraged by a teacher who put them intouch with a literary agent, they offered themselves as scouts showing the wayacross the forbidding terrain of the adolescent mind.Their intention, they tell parents in their introduction, is to provide a"guide to what teens really hear when you speak, and how you can make them hearwhat you are actually trying to say."
Their efforts to explain why an apparentlyinnocuous remark so often elicits a tantrum or worse might be meaningful, Ms.Fox suggested in the interview, if the result is "one less week of silenttreatment from your teenager."Writing on consecutive Saturdays from November to June between homeworkassignments and preparation for their SAT's, the girls tackled issues includingcurfews, money, school pressures, smoking and sibling rivalry.
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