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Teen Speak: How To Communicate With Your Teen

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By Mia Bolaris-Forget

Getting through to kids can be challenging enough. Factor in the fact that you probably don’t understand or speak their language and it may seem virtually impossible. That’ whey experts suggest parents need to brush up on the latest lingo.

Here a just a few key terms and tricky phrases to help you communicate.

· Requesttion: Your child’s way of making both a request and asking you a question.

· Tool: a reference to someone who is “stupid” or a puppet and can be manipulated or “used”.

· Hater: Someone with a negative attitude that rarely, if ever has anything nice to say about others, including friends. This person always has a gripe.

· Emo: This refers to a tween or teen who seems a bit removed and introverted; typically dresses in all black, wears dark eyeliner and enjoys sadly serious and dark alternative music. It also refers to this specific genre of music.

· “H”: An abbreviation for hardcore, referring to something that is extremely intense.

· My B: The shorthand for “my bad”, meaning my mistake or my fault.

· Gotta bounce: Slang for “I’ve got to get going”.

· G2g: Got to go

· Ttyl: Talk to you later

· L8tr: Later

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