Those of you that have been following along since the early day of Satellite Sisters know that my sister Julie wrote a popular essay for our book Satellite Sisters UnCommon Senses called The Teen Commandments. In that piece, Julie imparted her wisdom on raising teenagers. At the time of the book’s publication, I had toddlers so I barely glanced at her Teen Commandments. Why? Because I wasn’t really getting enough sleep to focus on the toddler years, never mind the teen years. But nine years after the publication of the book, we still get a dozen requests a year for that essay. Obviously, the parents of teens still wanted those words of wisdom. Or any words to help get through! So, with Julie’s permission, I updated The Teen Commandments for oprah.com this week.
I had to laugh about one of Julie’s original commandments: no more than one electronic device plugged in at a time. And then Julie went onto list such quaint “devices” as radios and cds players. No mention of laptops, cellphones, iPods, iPads, iPhones, iTouches, Xboxes ,PSPs, or the Nintendo Ds. Ah, what a simple time 2001 was!
Please add your own commandments, either here or at oprah.com. Along with her original teen commandments, Julie also advised parents of teens to keep talking– to each other even about the tough stuff. That piece of wisdom I did absorb. Thanks, Julie.
Embracing my Chaos, Lian