This week, my very dear friend Sherri from Old Tweener is lending me a hand and taking care of my blog while I continue to figure out how to make a bloginess work. (That’s a new word I invented that means blog+business. Like it?) I am so very pleased that Sherri’s here. And I KNOW she’ll take good care of you while I’m away today.
Hey, is Lori still gone? Still working away on her Your Child Talking site?
Because I have my own little site to toot my horn about, and I don’t want to step on her toes.
She may launch her cat at me if I do. Or at least deduct some Martha Points.
May I present….
Your Parents Talking
A Guide for Tweens and Teens
Do your parents initiate conversation with you constantly?
Do they ask questions you have no answers for or really don’t care to answer?
Do you have a hard time understanding their dated language?
Well, look no further! This website is your go-to source for navigating the world of parents and their speech problems!
These problems can easily be divided into three categories:
When parents suffer from frequency problems, it can usually be attributed to their lack of social involvement with other adults. Asking constant questions of you helps them feel that they are truly involved parents who have no time for a life that doesn’t involve their children.
Encourage your parents to sign up for night classes, join the company softball team, join a book club, or take up home beer brewing. Frequency problems have been known to subside substantially with an increase in either the number of adult friends or the consumption of alcohol. Or both.
If all else fails, purchase an iPhone for your parents and download the Angry Birds app. This will cause parents to cease all communication with you for extended periods of time.
Questions from parents often take a turn towards information you aren’t really interested in sharing with them. These are commonly referred to as the “who, what, where, why” questions. When parents dig for information about your life, they are not only trying (again) to feel that they are involved parents but they are just plain being nosy.
There are some key words and phrases you can use to keep these content issues from getting out of hand.
“Who” should never be answered with Bubba, Big Daddy Mike, or “that girl who just got out of Juvenile Hall”. Use names like Sue, Jane, Bobby, or Fred.
“What” works best when used with phrases like “church social”, “volunteer duty at the library”, or “singing carols at the senior citizen center”. Never use the simple phrase “hanging out”, which always leads to more questioning.
“Where” is best answered with the words church, library, school, or senior citizen center (see also, “What”).
“Why” is the hardest question, and the most difficult to answer without the possibility of further questions. Try to avoid saying “dunno”, “why do you care”, or “because”. These answers will most certainly subject you to interrogation.
Parents have a difficult time keeping up with the current trends in language. This creates all sorts of issues, the least of which is an extreme amount of annoyance on your part.
When your parents use a word or phrase you are unfamiliar with, try very hard to decipher it in the context of the sentence.
For example, when your parent says “That’s bad!” in reference to the fact that you got a C on your Algebra test they are not implying that it is actually good. “You’re sick!” will usually be used when a trip to the doctor is necessary, and not when you’ve done something outstanding.
Attempting to text with parents brings in a whole new set of issues. Keep in mind that LOL, TTYL, BRB, and ROFL may confuse your parents and cause them to actually call you on the phone to talk. Texting keeps them at a safer distance, so choose your texting carefully so that they understand it the first time.
Please feel free to share my website with your friends. Remember, parents will continue to talk, but with a few simple adjustments, you don’t always have to listen.