I am excited to introduce Jacqueline Wilson from WritRams as the guest blogger for today’s Saturday Sound Off. I find it very fitting to have Jackie as my FIRST guest blogger as she was the one who inspired me to start my blog. Not to mention, I also credit her for sparking my idea about starting the Saturday Sound Off series. Jackie is a very talented writer and an even better friend. You can find her at WritRams.com and PrimeParentsClub.com
Teen Responses | ‘No Problem’ is a Problem
Remember when people used to say “You’re welcome” when you said “Thank you.” No? Me either. But it used to happen. I know because I see it on TV sometimes. (And, if it’s on television then we all know it must be true.)
In case you haven’t guessed already, my complaint today is about how we respond to each other. More specifically, how teenagers respond to adults.
Now before you get all blah-blah-blah about this being another teen-hater post and how I can’t possibly understand because I’m older than, well, dirt, let me tell you something: I do understand. I won’t go into my parenting credentials and my experience teaching lecture halls full of teens, but I have been around enough of them to know that uncaring responses has become a common trend from the majority—the norm. And it’s annoying.
I mean, how much more of an effort is it really to say “you’re welcome” instead of “no problem”? Um, let me see, same amount of words…so IT’S NOT. And, by the way Tracy and Timmy Teen? I didn’t ask you if there was a problem, I just said THANK YOU. Your response doesn’t even make sense in the bigger scheme of things.
So, the next time a teen responds “no problem” to your “thank you,” take a moment to school them on why “no problem” really is a problem.
And while we’re at it, don’t even get me started on “It’s not my fault.” I better end this now before I burst an important blood vessel somewhere.
What’s your pet peeve phrase from teens?
Jacqueline Wilson is a published author and founder and editor of PrimeParentsClub.com–a site dedicated to celebrating and connecting parents 35 and up. She also blogs daily on her observational parenting humor site, WritRams.com-Writer Ramblings on Parenting Imperfectly. Jacqueline escaped the corporate world and now spends her day juggling between being a work-at-home mom and a stay-at-home mom. She apologizes for any organic juice spilled on the business documents you receive.