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The Teen Commandments

Commandment –one of the rules given by God in the Bible that tell people how they must behave.

·       What do you think it is going to be like?

·       Do you think it is going to be serious or humorous?

·       Why does the author use “teen” instead of “ten”

The Teen Commandments

I was  thirteen when  I wrote  my first  book. It was  called The Teen   Commandments,  and  consisted of advice to parents on how to behave and not to irritate their   children  to death .Sadly , I lost it.  Then  I asked   my own children for their list of “Do” and  Don’t” s for  parents.

1.Parents should not pry. This  involved asking questions such as: “Where  are you going?” “Who with?” “Will you be back for supper?’’ “Who  was that on the telephone?’’ “Why were you so long on the telephone?’’ “ Was it a good party?” And   (worst of all), “Did you meet  anyone nice?”

2. Parents shouldn’t  act  like spies, ringing  up  best  friend Louise’s mother, asking if Louise  had  a nice time at  a party then  casually asking if Louise mentioned Emily getting off with anyone

3. Parents should not  force their children to go to frightful parties where they won’t know anybody,

4. Parents should cook and foot the drinks bill for their children’s parties, but not attend them.Nor should they invite any guest without consultation.

5. Parents should never make comparisons, saying: “When I was your age, we never did anything, of course, we were so innocent those days.

6.Parents  should never make  personal remarks .If children  wish to appear  with their hair like  an upside down   or  in a strange colour that’s their problem.

7.Parents should  never dictate their children’s diet. Four Mars  bars, seventeen packets  of  crisps,two pounds of Granny Smiths, a liter of Coke and four mugs of hot chocolate-  are the ideal  substitute for three meals a day.

8.Parents should never ask   their children  do the most housework. Parents must appreciate that there is  no time like future. Bedrooms  can be  tidied  next year,

New  words.

Commandments   պատվիրաններ

To jog one’s memory -հիշողության  մեջ փորփրել

To pry – թաքուև  նայել

To resort to – դիմել

Casually  պատահաբար

Spy   լրտեսել

Personal remarks    անձնական դիտողություններ

To get off with —  to  start a relationship with somebody

To foot the drinks bill-  վճարել ըմպելիքների համար

Substitute  —   փոխարինում
an obedient child   —  լսող  երեխա

Discussion

Describe your family relationships.

Do you like this diet? What diet would you   have  if you could choose.?

“There is no time like the present” is a popular saying. Why  has it been changed in the text?

Do you have similar arguments about housework with your parents? Do you think it is important to keep one’s house tidy?

Write  your own “Ten”  or  “Teen” commandments for teenagers on your teachers’ or parents’ behalf

a.     Try  to maintain a light, humorous style and cover the following areas

b.     Choose between “must”  and “should” for each commandment

Personal  relationships

Financial  matters

Diet

Spending free  time

Appearance

Behavior

Household duties

Автор:

Բարև և բարի գալուստ իմ ուսումնական բլոգ։ Ես Անահիտ Հովսեփյանն եմ։ 14 տարեկան եմ: Սովորում եմ Ավագ դպրոցի 10-րդ դասարանում։ Հուսով եմ բլոգումս կգտնես հետաքրքիր և օգտակար նյութեր։ Դե ինչ, բարի դիտում: <3

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