- Lesson1 Finding Fossil Man.
- Lesson2 Spare that spider.
- Lesson3 Matterhorn Man.
- Lesson4 Seeing hands.
- Lesson5 Youth .
- Lesson6 The sporting spirit.
- Lesson7 Bats.
- Lesson8 Trading standards.
- Lesson9 Royal Espionage.
- Lesson10 Silicon valley.
- Lesson11 How to Grow Old .
- Lesson12 Banks and their customers.
- Lesson13 The Search for Oil .
- Lesson14 The Butterfly Effect.
- Lesson15 Secrecy in Industry.
- Leaaon16 The modern city.
- Lesson17 A Man-made Disease.
- Lesson18 Porpoises.
- Lesson19 The Stuff of Dreams.
- Lesson20 Snake poison.
- Lesson21 William S. Hart and the Early Western Film .
- Lesson22 Knowledge and progress.
- Lesson23 Bird Flight.
- Lesson24 Beatuy.
- Lesson25 Non-Auditory Effects of Noise.
- Lesson26 The past life of the earth.
- Lesson27 The vasa.
- Lesson28 Patients and doctors.
- Lesson29 The Hovercraft.
- Lesson30 Exploring the sea-floor.
- Lesson31 The Sculptor Speaks.
- Lesson32 Galileo reborn.
- Lesson33 Education.
- Lesson34 Adolescence.
- Lesson35 Space Odyssey.
- Lesson36 The cost of government.
- Lesson37 The Process of Ageing.
- Lesson38 Water and the traveller.
- Lesson39 What Every Writer Wants.
- Lesson40 Waves.
- Lesson41 Training Elephants.
- Lesson42 Recording an earthquake.
- Lesson43 Are There Strangers in Space.
- Lesson44 Patterns of culture.
- Lesson45 Of Men and Galaxies.
- Lesson46 Hobbies.
- Lesson47 The Great Escape .
- Lesson48 Planning a share portfolio.
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First listen and then answer the following question.
What do adolescents respect in parents?
Parents are often upset when their children praise the homes of their friends and regard it as a slur on their own cooking, or cleaning, or furniture, and often are foolish enough to let the adolescents see that they are annoyed. They may even accuse them of disloyalty, or make some spiteful remark about the friends’ parents. Such loss of dignity and descent into childish behaviour on the part to their parents about the place or people they visit. Before very long the parents will be complaining that the child is so secretive and never tells them anything, but they seldom realize that they have brought this on themselves.
Disillusionment with the parents, however good and adequate they may be both as parents and as individuals, is to some degree inevitable. Most children have such a high ideal of their parents, unless the parents themselves have been unsatisfactory, that it can hardly hope to stand up to a realistic evaluation. Parents would be greatly surprised and deeply touched if they hope to stand up to a realistic evaluation. Parents would be greatly surprised and deeply touched if they realized how much belief their children usually have in their character and infallibility, and how much this faith means to a child. If parents were prepared for this adolescent reaction, and realized that it was a sign that the child was growing up and developing valuable powers of observation and independent judgment, they would not be so hurt, and therefore would not drive the child into opposition by resenting and resisting it.
The adolescent, with his passion for sincerity, always respects a parent who admits that he is wrong, or ignorant, or even that he has been unfair or unjust. What the child cannot forgive is the parent’s refusal to admit these charges if the child knows them to be true.
Victorian parents believed that they kept their dignity by retreating behind an unreasoning authoritarian attitude; in fact they did nothing of the kind, but children were then too cowed to let them know how they really felt. Today we tend to go to the other extreme, but on the whole this is a healthier attitude both for the child and the parent. It is always wiser and safer to face up to reality, however painful it may be at the moment.
DOTID OFLUM Journey Through Adolescence
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