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10 BASIC MANNERS EVERY TEEN SHOULD KNOW

A teen who observes the basic manners, who dosent observe it out of pretense but knows that this is the right thing to do anytime, anywhere will be very beneficial to the parents, to the society and even to his/her self. They are easily loved, respected and admired. Sometimes, teens go through phases where they want to look cool and manners go out of the window. Good manners are about respecting yourself and others. You will make life more enjoyable for you and people who come into contact with you if you have good manners.

HERE ARE SOME BASIC MANNERS, YOU NEED TO OBSERVE…

-DO NOT BE A SLAVE TO YOUR CELL PHONE÷ You dont use your phones while you are in the middle of something important like pressing your phone while, while your parents are speaking to you, at the dinner table, etc. This attitude shows how disrespectful and lack of manners, you have got. You dont have to respond to messages or emails unless if its very important and urgent.

-TAKE CARE OF BASIC HYGIENE÷ Cover your mouth while yawning, do not yawn so loud, opening your mouth so wide. Cough into your elbow, cover your mouth when sneezing, do not pick your nose with your hands etc.

Always stand when introduced, speak slowly, clearly and graciously when talking to adults.

YOU DONT TALK BACK AT YOUR PARENTS ÷ Where on earth did you learn such a dirty act? Talking back at people that matter so much in your life. Even if your parents are bad, you still have to accord them their respect as you disobey their negative teachings.

-ENSURE TO WEAR A CLEAN, IRONED AND DECENT CLOTHES ÷ Dressing inappropriately is wrong and its not attractive. It is of a better view to always know what to wear for certain events and occasions. Make it a habit to always wear clean,ironed and decent clothes.

-ASK PERMISSION TO DO THINGS÷ Anytime you realise that you can do anything you want without seeking for permission then know that you lack manners and you might get yourself into trouble one day. Especially if your parents or guardians cant stop you from doing whatever you want to do as a teen.

Say “excuse me” when you need to interrupt in a conversation or you accidentally bump into someone.

Do not answer calls when you are in the middle of face-to-face conversation with your elders.

-When someone ask you questions, learn to use appropriate language and answers. You don’t use slangs unless in a playful atmosphere.

Apologise when you have done something wrong. Learn to say “please” and “thank you”.

Do not loose sight of basic manners because your attitudes is the first thing people see before they can interact with you.

SLANG WORDS TEENS ARE USING AND WHAT THEY MEAN

If you go through many teens social media accounts, you will be like, what is it they are talking about. Though many of this slangs or terms have been around for decades but online spaces have made it more useful and spread more rapidly than ever before.

Slang is language of an informal register. It is a language outside of conventional usage. It is a specialised language of a social group, sometimes used to make what it said unintelligible to those that is not members of the group.

Slangs can be confusing to older generations that is why I feel like bringing this up so that you can understand some statements and what they mean especially to parents that are parenting teens.

Here is a list of some most common slang words used everyday and also trending among teens today.

SLAY : “slay” describes when one look amazing and succeed at something.

Example “Meet daniella mom, Wow! She is a slay mama.

“How do I look?” Dear, you slay.”

CURVE ÷ “Curve” It is a slang or an expression for rejecting or leaving someone romantically or sidestepping their advances.

For Example ÷ When you see hashtag: #curve then your teen is ignoring a boyfriend/girlfriend ‘s text.

THIRSTY ÷ This does not mean you have to give someone water to drink but it indicates that someone is desperately seeking for attention, compliments or approval.

For Example ÷ “Shirley is so thirsty for john, it’s weird. “

“They have been parading in front of us for more than 10times now, they are thirsty.”

CAP, (NO CAP) ÷ To “cap” is to lie about something, whereas “no cap” is to tell the truth( emphasis that they are telling the truth).

EXAMPLE ÷” I am damn serious, no cap.”

“Well, what you just said is the biggest cap ever, why can’t you be real for once.”

STRAIGHT FIRE÷ This is used to refer to something that is really cool and amazing better than all of the rest. It can also mean hot (not in temperature, but as in ” that is hot!” expressed in a positive way.)

EXAMPLE ÷ “that girl is straight fire

“Have you seen the movie, it is straight fire, you need to see it.”

YIKES : “BIG YIKES” is a more intense version of the word “yikes” it refers to something that is so embarrassing.

EXAMPLE ÷ ” I thought my skirt was covered up, not knowing that my zip was zipped down. BIG YIKES.”

“I thought I was alone with Audrey in the house not knowing that Uche I was gisting her about was in the room. YIKES.”

SALTY ÷ Being “salty” simply means that you are bitter, annoyed, unhappy on something that doesn’t make sense.

EXAMPLE÷ “Why are you that salty at him, what did he do?”

SHOOK÷ This is a way to describe that you are emotionally shaken or affected by something. It can be when you are shocked, scared or surprised of something.

EXAMPLE ÷ “I couldn’t believe that chantelle is part of the mess. Am shook.”

FLEX : To flex is a new way to show off and flaunt. Someone flexing their muscles or belongings.

EXAMPLE : Big flex, I just got a brand new car.

PERIODT : “Periodt” this is a word you can use to end a statement or sentence, just to emphasis on a point that it has been made. An intense version of “period.”

For EXAMPLE: “You have to keep yourself neat first before calling her pig periodt.”

LIT: “LIT” is an adjective that describes when something is amazing, great, exciting. When something happens that is really, really good. It can as well use when someone is intoxicated or drunk.

“The party was lit.”

“Nicole birthday bash was way too lit, her parents really made her day.”

LOWKEY/ HIGHKEY: “Lowkey” means when you want to keep something on a down low, secretly, modestly, discretely. It is the opposite of “highkey” for when you are sincerely into something (a way to describe something you really want to emphasis).

EXAMPLE : “I highkey can’t wait to visit Audrey, I always enjoy her company. “

“I lowkey can’t wait to visit my friends.” (not that Am mentioning it to my mom).

“I want to celebrate my 19th birthday in a Lowkey.”

STAN : “Stan” originated from an Eminem song of same name. It is an overzealous and obsessive fan, meaning to be that kind of fan. It is a tame support of a person or a cause.

EXAMPLE ÷ “I stan pretty hard for Beyounce.”

TEA: “Tea” is a gossip, “spilling the tea” is the act of the gossip, “tea” is an agreement to a point, then “sip tea” is to mind your business.

EXAMPLE; “Spill the tea, what did she tell you?”

“The party was fire, here is the tea.”

“They said, she is the finest in our class, Tea.”

“Do you know what kevin said? Sip tea.”

EXTRA: “Extra” is to be unnecessary dramatic, when someone or something is too much, over the top.

EXAMPLE : “She was every where at the party, she is so extra.”

SNATCHED : The word “snatched” can be defined in two ways, It can be compliment to someone that is wearing something that is very fashionable or has a look that looks really good and also when one support an insult against someone who has lost an arguement .

EXAMPLE : “Shirley outfit is snatched, she look so good. “

“I can’t believe that people like you still exist, you are so ignorant of facts. Why would you support that motion. Oops, snatched. “

LMIRL ÷ This is an acronym used in communicating via texting.

LMIRL means Let’s Meet In Real Life

POS means Parents Over Me.(teens usually use this acronym to alert his friend that his parents is around him while they are chatting)

53X means Sex…

And lots more…

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DARE TO BE WHAT YOU ARE

Resolve to be yourself.

A Congolese proverb asserts, “Wood may remain ten years in the water but it will never become a crocodile.

The book of Jeremiah asks, “Can an Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard his spots?”

Julius Hare advices,”Be what you are. This is the first step towards becoming better than you are.

Frederick klopstock remarked, “He who has no opinion of his own, but depends on the opinion of others is a slave.” He who trims himself to suit everyone will soon whittle himself away.

You cant carry two faces under one hat. “It is better to be hated for what you are , than loved for what you are not.” Andre Gide.

“All good things which exist are the fruit of originality. ” John Mills.

There is only one life for you – your own. The person who walks in someone else’s tracks never leaves his own foot prints.

Make use of this piece….

IT IS BETTER TO BE ALONE THAN IN THE WRONG COMPANY

Never receive counsel from unproductive people. Not everyone has a right to speak into your life.

You are certain to get the worst of the bargain when you exchange ideas with the wrong person.

Do not follow anyone who is not going anywhere.Nowadays, there are so many people to follow with the help of social media. The question is, who are you following? Where are they going and where are they taking you to? Do not forget that, every journey has a destination. With some people you spend an evening; with others you invest it.

Be careful where you stop to inquire for directions along the road of life. Wise is the person who fortified his life with the right friendships.

CONSIDER Francesco Guicciardini say : “since there is nothing so well worth having as friends, never lose a chance to make the right ones”.

Choose your associations carefully invest in good relationship.

PIECES OF ADVICE FOR TODAY’S TEENAGERS…

Teen age is a time of uncertainty. It is a rapid physical development and deep emotional changes. Most times the teenager gets confuse, left in a state of dilemma and don’t really know what to do .

Here are few advices that can guide you at this age.

DON’T TRY TO PLAN YOUR ENTIRE LIFE OUT

Take it one step by step at a time,you don’t need to rush things. Do not put a specific time frame on the major events in your life – I will buy my first car at this age ,build my mansion before I got to this age, marry at this age. Most times it does not just work like this. You must be very much aware of unpredictability of life. It may not happen the way you planned or predicted. Have it in mind, so you dont get depressed.

RESPECT AND OBEY YOUR PARENTS,TEACHERS AND ELDERS

They may not say what you want to hear or give you what you want to have or even allow you do what you want to do but they can give you all you need to have inorder to get whatever you want in life,if only you will be obedient and respectful especially to the GOOD ones around you. Stay open minded to their views and opinions.

DO NOT BE IN A HASTE TO GROW UP

Try to embrace your childhood or teen age for as long as you can because this is the only time you can live the most carefree time of your days on earth. Adulthood and their thing will come pretty soon .

FRIENDS WILL COME AND GO

Have this at the back of your mind that very few friends of yours today will still remain your friends when you become an adult. Maintain the friendship you truly treasure now but you must not throw away your morals or happiness because you want to keep one.

SAYING “NO” IS VERY OKAY

You have to know how to say NO and maintain your NO. You must not put yourself in danger or allow peer pressure to decide for you, go for the positive vibes…saying NO is very okay.

SEEK HELP WHEN THINGS GET TOO MUCH

You dont even need to wait until it gets too much. Once you encounter any issue that gives you concern or you are confused on how to handle it . Seek for help ASAP. It is a very good idea to seek for help, it doesn’t really mean you are weak but of strength. It is when you have strength that you can pick up the courage to speak out. You can seek help in two ways …internal and external support which is family, friends and professional support.

YOU ARE NOT THE ONLY ONE WHO IS ANXIOUS

You may think you are the only one in this ,but pretty much every other person feel this way especially the teens. Always remind yourself that your friends and peers go through this. Just learn how to reduce the intensity of these emotions.

YOUR VIEWS WILL CHANGE OVER TIME

What seems very cool in your eyes now can change as you progress through your teen age, let alone when you become an adult. So dont hurt yourself or die having it now because there are so many beautiful things to choose from in future.