This article could have been written 30 years ago when I was a teenager. Only back then, there was no internet or home computers. So I closed my bedroom door with a stack of MAD and National Lampoon magazines and listened to Led Zeppelin or Black Sabbath while my parents fretted over the wasting of my potential.
I grew up eventually. As will today's teenagers.
Yep. Same here. And my parents parents complained about their children listening to boogie woogie music and dancing the jitter bug, frittering their lives away going to the Saturday matinee serials and listening to the radio too much. And Im sure my grandparents parents complained about the Jazz and the driving around un-chaperoned in those new fangled cars.
BTW, my 18 year old great niece started college last year as a history major and made the deans list. Shes very engaged in current events and reads history books just for fun in her spare time. But she also loves her I-phone and her laptop, does the FB and texts with her friends. Im my day, my parents used to complain about me spending too much time on the telephone taking with my friends.
We start with open doors. The rule is that no door in the house is closed unless there is a dressing situation. The reason for the rule is to discourage Internet chicanery and encourage lively conversation.
When I was a teenager, even younger, my parents who were very strict allowed me to play or go to my room to read or listen to my music or practice the violin or talk on the phone with my friends with my bedroom door shut. There were mutually beneficial reasons for this. ; )
Internet chicanery? Yea. I guess Im doing that right now LOL!
BTW - this article seems more about Bill shilling his latest book.
They're usually right. One exasperated executive's solution, 20 years ago: He finally figured out that the way to domesticate his teenaged daughter was to nail her up in a big packing crate with a hole to feed her through -- then bung up the hole.
He announced his discovery at work one day. Never having had a teenaged daughter, I took notes.