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    Posted: Feb/25/2011 at 1:12pm
Funny, and true.... Someone has written a book on how to understand the language teenagers speak.
Want some translations? Here are some definitions-- and suggested responses from the authors -- that every parent should know.

1. ) "Wdon't likever"

  • An expression that implies that a teen may give in but is not really interested in what is being said
  • An attempt to be dismissive in as few words as possible.
Suggested Parental Response:  Leave this alone. Do not let your own concern that your teen may be less than thrilled create an unnecessary controversy.

2.) "And, yeah..."

  • A phrase often used just as a teen is getting to the main point of a story.
  • This phrase serves to deflate or minimize the importance of the main point of the story especially when a teen is unsure of how the story will be received.

Suggested Parental Response: This is an opportunity to respond in an interested and neutral manner. “I am interested in the rest of the story if you feel like telling me now or later.”

3.) "Fine"

  • I will reluctantly consent, but not with pleasure.
  • An intentionally vague description used when teenager clearly has no interest in providing further detail.

Suggested Parental Response: None needed. You have made your wishes known.

 4.) "I don't like you"
  • An expression used to convey anger at the moment.
  • An expression meant for 'shock value' in an effort to secure 'alone time.'/ A last ditch effort to get you to give in.
Suggested Parental Response: "I'm sorry you're upset, but that isn't going to change my answer."

5) "Thanks" or "Thanks a lot"

  • When said sarcastically, a simple expression of anger and/or disappointment.
Suggested Parental Response: “Sorry, when you’re ready to talk to me maybe we can come up with some other fun things to do.” In all cases, avoid responding sarcastically. (Of course, if they genuinely thank you for something, make sure you acknowledge the good manners as well!)

Edited by EMaggio1 - Feb/25/2011 at 1:12pm
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