Can’t Understand Your Teen? You’re Not Alone.

If you're trying to connect with your teen, ask them about their language

Teens sometimes seem to have their own language. While adopting their slang is likely a bad idea, understanding it can be helpful and engaging. (Jacob Lund/Shutterstock)
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“Mo-om,” my child cocks her head to one side to look at me. “Why are you being so emo?” The words string together so quickly they’re hard to follow: “Whyyabeingsoemo?” To be honest, I have no idea what my daughter’s accusing me of. My husband and I have four children. The oldest is 22 and our youngest is 11. We’ve been living with a teenager (or two or three) nonstop for the past nine years. But that doesn’t mean we understand th
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