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Relate to teens through their music

Madison Staten is a freshman at West Linn High School.


by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Student columnist Madison StatenFor one night this winter, the West Linn High School fight song will be replaced with chart-topping music as students make preparations for winter formal. The most important of all the responsibilities, by far, is the music selection.

Unfortunately, parents and teenagers have different visions about what should make the cut. Most parents feel that PSY doesn’t have as much “R-E-S-P-E-C-T” as Aretha Franklin does; while many teens feel that Barry Manilow doesn’t have that “One Thing.”

In fact, there are a lot of things parents and their teenagers disagree about — and it isn’t just music selection. Sometimes parents find it hard to keep up with the “epic” and “awesome” catchphrases of the world, instead wishing they were back at their “crib” or driving their “sled.”

Sometimes teenagers are like aliens — especially girls. All of the time they are downright scary, which means you have to know what is socially acceptable when you’re around your favorite teen. You have to understand their language, even if that means having to listen to their music selections for winter formal.

Below are some songs you will most likely hear at winter formal, along with some great advice to better connect with your teenage daughter.

“We Are Never Ever Ever Getting Back Together” (Taylor Swift) — It’s been hinted at before, but please I’m going to have a panic attack if you wear bellbottoms or anything resembling them anywhere within the radius of a cute boy — it’s not like you can disco anyway. For my sanity never, ever, ever get back together with over-the-top clothing. Just throw it away. Or give it to Goodwill. Or something.

“Call Me Maybe” (Carly Ray Jepsen) — You’re my parents and I love you — that’s been established. But I also love space, too. If I’m going to the movies, don’t call 20 times within the first hour, especially if I’ve communicated with you already. Sometimes you have to let go. Sometimes I just want to turn my cellphone off. It doesn’t mean the evil kidnappers took me away in a body bag. I’ll call you when the movie is over — maybe. (No, I’m being serious. I’ll actually call you. I promise.)

“Apologize” (One Republic) — If a miracle happens and you’re ever wrong, recognize it. I usually have to do most of the apologizing in the family.

“Boyfriend” (Justin Bieber) — You might never like my boyfriend — that doesn’t mean that I don’t. Test him because “parents know best.” You guys do know me better than I know myself. You can spot a bad boyfriend from a mile away.

“Gangnam Style”(PSY) — You and I might speak different languages, but at the end of the day we still love each other to heaven and back, to infinity and beyond. Love is a universal language no matter how much style you have. Let’s party.

“Everybody Talks” (Neon Trees) — People, especially girls, like to gossip about everything. If the gossip ever heads the wrong direction (and I’m not talking about toward those cute five boys in that boy band) always be there to give me a few life lessons. Usually we can fix any situation together, no matter how big.

“What Makes You Beautiful” (One Direction) — Most importantly, always be there to build confidence. Share the love all around the family and say what makes each person beautiful, special and unique.

Now you know the teenage music selection of 2013. Now that you have a better idea on how to relate to your teen, don’t think that it gives you license to go beat boxing into their rooms in skinny jeans anytime soon.



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