How to Better Understand Your Teen

Reality to Teen?  Do you ever feel that your teen is from another planet? They speak a language you don’t know. They have interests that you’ve never heard of and just don’t understand. It’s a common phenomenon. Teenagers are weird.

That being said, they’re your teenagers and there are steps you can take to get closer to them, to better understand them.

#1 Ask Questions and Listen

The first step to understanding your teen is to ask questions. Now there’s a strategy here. Many teens give yes/no answers when you ask them a question. The trick is to do it when they’re more likely to open up. Driving in the car seems to be a good time, assuming they don’t have their iPod blasting music in their little ears.

When you ask questions, make sure to listen to the answers – even if you don’t understand half of the words they’re using. It’s okay to ask for clarification. As you’re listening, take mental notes. They’ll come in handy in the next step.

#2 Google It!

If you have no idea what your child is talking about, Google it. Google the things they express interest in, the people, and even the language they use. The Urban Dictionary can be incredibly useful. For example, “Feels” – A wave of emotions that sometimes cannot be adequately explained. “Watching Back to the Future gives me all sorts of nostalgic feels.”

#3 Eavesdrop

Seriously, one of the best ways to better understand your teen is to listen in on their conversations. True, most of their conversations are via text message so listening in on those conversations is impossible. However, you can snag their cell phone from time to time and scan through the text messages.

If that feels too invasive, try to be around them when they’re with their friends. Attend events with them. Volunteer to drive them and their friends to events. And encourage them to invite their friends over.

#4 Get Involved

Start taking an active interest in your teen’s interests. For example, if they’re involved in the local drama club then volunteer to help out with the club. If they are active online and have their own YouTube channel, then by all means watch that channel but also watch the other YouTubers that your child follows.

#5 Relax

Each generation has their own trends, language, and interests. Guaranteed, when you were a teenager your parents thought you were from another planet as well. It’s the way of the world. It’s okay to not be able to completely relate with your teenager. In fact, it’s normal.

Do what you can to connect with them. Let them know that you’re interested in their lives and then relax. You don’t need to be a friend with your teenager, nor do you need to share the same interests. It’s enough to let them know that you care.

 

Your Questions About How To Read Books In Itunes

Ruth asks…

I read in a book once, that there was a way to add ‘tags’ or something to songs on itunes…? How?

Apparently you can add ‘tags’ to songs on itunes so you can find things easier on itunes, but i dont know how… help me?

richmama answers:

Highlight the song and click control i

James asks…

When will twilight be avalible for purchase in the itunes store?

i havnt seen twilight cant be screwed reading the book so i was wondering
1. When its avalible for purchase in the iTunes store
2. around about how much it will cost to purchase.

TY!

richmama answers:

The DVD will be released March 21st 2009… ITunes will most likely be releasing it around that date. They may have a Pre-Order option around February… That way, as soon as the movie comes out on iTunes, it will automatically download into your library. It will cost $19.99 for iTunes. I would suggest getting the movie in store, because you get special features with the DVD… And the DVD may come with a digital copy which allows you to put the movie on iTunes, that that you can watch it your iPod/iPhone.

Hope this helped!

Lizzie asks…

Problem with ITunes + IPOD…pls read on and help..Thanxx?

Hi
I have a playlist shown on my IPOD. I want to delete it. On the actual IPOD there is no option to ‘delete’ it.
In my ITunes the ‘playlist’ is not shown / listed.
How do I delete it?
I even have been consulting ITunes books etc & no joy, pls help.

richmama answers:

If you sync to get music onto the iPod the re-sync option may work. If you manually manage your music, connect the iPod to iTunes. Then single click on the playlist on the iPod (purely to make sure you’ve got the right playlist). Then right click on it and select delete from the floating menu.

Linda asks…

how do i add artwork to my audiobook on itunes?

okay i recorded myself reading my favorite book, and I got it in the audiobook tab on itunes and i don’t know hot to get artwork for it? so basicly how do I get artwork for an itunes adiobook?

richmama answers:

Rightclick on the audiobook, and click on “Get Info”. On the artwork tab, you should be able to add artwork.

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