What a Teenager Hears Everyday…

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July 11 - What a teenager hears everyday

6:00 a.m. Wake up or you will miss Fajr again.

6:15 a.m. The one who misses Fajr is a Munafiq (hypocrite) who will be in Hell. So get up!

7:00 a.m. You’ve got to finish your breakfast!

7:20 a.m. You look like a punk with that hairstyle. And what’s with your crumbled uniform?

7:30 a.m. Put on your sweater. Don’t you know its cold outside?

7:35 a.m. I expect you to get the highest score in your class test today, so don’t goof up like last time!

2:00 p.m. What happened on the test? How much did Ahmed score? He is so smart. You should be more like him.

2:10 p.m. Now, don’t throw your books and bag everywhere; you left enough mess for me to clear in the morning.

2:30 p.m. Eat the vegetables, too. They have all the vitamins.

2:45 p.m. By the way, did you pray Zuhr?

3:30 p.m. God knows what will become of you. With that attitude, you will land nowhere. Get serious about your studies!

5:00 p.m. Can you turn down this rotten noise you call music! One day, you will surely turn deaf.

5:15 p.m. Since I am sure you never heard the Asr Adhan, I have come to order you to pray right away.

5:30 p.m. Turn off that darn TV. Have you finished your homework yet?

6:00 p.m. Oh great! Now you are wasting time with video games. Clean up your room instantly. When I was your age, I did four times more work than you will ever even imagine.

6:45 p.m. Pray Maghrib. Why do I always have to tell you?

7:00 p.m. Why are you eating chips right now? We will be having dinner soon. And throw the wrapper in the dustbin. Really, sometimes I feel I am dealing with a toddler.

7:30 p.m. Don’t your friends have anything better to do than to chat on the cell?

8:00 p.m. Come to dinner. Why do I always have to look for you when it’s time to eat?

8:10 p.m. Try to eat your food when it is served warm. It is the same story everyday.

8:30 p.m. What are you watching now? It doesn’t look very good to me. Besides, did you pack for your school tomorrow?

9:00 p.m. Don’t forget to pray Isha.

9:15 p.m. Sleep early or you will be late for Fajr again.

The above chart was inspired by Dr. Glen C. Griffin’s observation of a typical day in a teenager’s life. If this is what they hear day in and day out, what kind of an emotional state or bonding will these youngsters have? Instructions and accusations will render them either highly sensitive or totally de-sensitized. Well-meaning adults can use some humour, logic or other warm gestures to motivate the youth to act more responsibly.

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