"Clean your room! Don't do that! Stop watching that stupid television,
don't you have a book to read? Didn't I tell you to clean your room, do you want
to be a slob when you grow up? Go to school, don't you have school today? When I
was a kid . . ."
Welcome to the lives of almost every teenager in North America. To most
parents, when the above words are spoken, they expect to see their teen rush at
the opportunity to serve them. The above words mean something to them and they
think it means something to us teens. They don't understand that the words go in
through one ear and out through the other. Does a German understand the words of
an Italian? No! Does a Chinese man understand the words of a Greek man? No! The
reason, they are two completely different languages. Now although parents and
their kids speak the same language, parents don't understand that we tune out of
English when we want. If we know something is going to be asked of us and we
don't want to do it, we turn our brains into "Nag Mode." To define Nag Mode, is
simple. Every syllable that comes out of the mouth of an adult is heard as
nag.' For example:
Adults say: "clean your room! ."
Kids hear: "nag nag nag!"
Adults say: "Stop watching television."
Kids hear: "nag nag nag nag nag nag nag."
They think of us as being lazy, and irresponsible, selfish and useless.
Some adults quiver when they hear how we will one day run this world. What makes
us lazy, the fact that we watch an hour of television after a hard day at school,
before eating dinner and doing our homework? Why are we irresponsible, because
we don't have time to walk the dog due to us studying for our upcoming exam?
We're selfish because we want peace and quite for when we study? And useless
because we can't run any errands for them when we're taking that one hour out of
our day to relax. They do, do a lot and I respect them and all, but... [continues]
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