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    Thai teenagers

    Well, the 2 oldest kids in our Thai side of the family, my stepson and niece, are now both teenagers.
    My niece is going on 17 and my stepson will be 15 next month.

    And they are typical teenagers, wanting to hang out with their friends more, asking for things their friends have(my niece, not my stepson).
    Well I should say typical modern Thai kids.

    And what is sort of fascinating and different to observe it the whole thing has taken my wife by surprise whereas it just seems they are regular teenagers to me.

    And the reason I think our reactions are different to the kids is my wife really didn't have a teenage life.
    She worked from 13yrs old.

    I also think Thais are a lot prosperous now to provide for some of these teenage distractions previous generations didn't have.

    Still funny when my wife is bewildered her 14yr old son would rather hang with his friends than take a 12hr drive to Issan to visit in-laws

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    You sound like some kind of a "Peter Pan"...555
    If you could really remember what it was like to be a teenager, then you would understand them a whole lot better, but we all know that doesn't work.
    Problem is the ageing process makes us forget, as we inexorably turn into the thing we dreaded.......our own parents...555
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    I just look at poems I wrote as a teenager (yes I kept them all.. 55) and I can see exactly what I was like... angst attack... 55

    Ask Au if her son writes poems.. that should liven things up... ;-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Changone View Post

    You sound like some kind of a "Peter Pan"...555
    If you could really remember what it was like to be a teenager, then you would understand them a whole lot better, but we all know that doesn't work.
    Problem is the ageing process makes us forget, as we inexorably turn into the thing we dreaded.......our own parents...555
    Even to the point of adopting their sayings.... That music you listen to is rubbish 55555

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeteGill View Post
    Even to the point of adopting their sayings.... That music you listen to is rubbish 55555
    I can even remember when my dad started "Liking" the new Rolling Stones songs, so we switched to "The Who".
    "Don't try to dig what we all....S..S...S...Saaayyy"...555
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    Quote Originally Posted by Changone View Post
    I can even remember when my dad started "Liking" the new Rolling Stones songs, so we switched to "The Who".
    "Don't try to dig what we all....S..S...S...Saaayyy"...555
    I hope I die before I get old.... Only one did.... One lasted quite a bit longer and the last two look plain silly singing those lines now....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Changone View Post

    You sound like some kind of a "Peter Pan"...555
    If you could really remember what it was like to be a teenager, then you would understand them a whole lot better, but we all know that doesn't work.
    Problem is the ageing process makes us forget, as we inexorably turn into the thing we dreaded.......our own parents...555
    I remember my sister playing with my daughter ....there is a big age gap. When she lost interest she placed my daughter (who could not sit unaided) on the lounge and walked away. My daughter rolled off on to the floor and the blood was gushing.555555 My kids are now adults and hers have just hit the teenage years.

    The dialogue has so, so much changed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PeteGill View Post
    I hope I die before I get old.... Only one did.... One lasted quite a bit longer and the last two look plain silly singing those lines now....
    ^Yeah, now it is embarrassing to watch the old geezers forgetting their lines..5555
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    Just goes to show how much Thailand has changed in one generation. Parents in the developed world know to expect this, but looks like it's hit them too fast and sudden over there.
    Not one shred of evidence supports the notion that life is serious.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Distantpeak View Post
    I just look at poems I wrote as a teenager (yes I kept them all.. 55) and I can see exactly what I was like... angst attack... 55

    Ask Au if her son writes poems.. that should liven things up... ;-)
    He doesn't have angst because he isn't writing poems as a teenager 555
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    Quote Originally Posted by Changone View Post

    You sound like some kind of a "Peter Pan"...555
    If you could really remember what it was like to be a teenager, then you would understand them a whole lot better, but we all know that doesn't work.
    Problem is the ageing process makes us forget, as we inexorably turn into the thing we dreaded.......our own parents...555
    I don't know
    One person in the convo sees teenagers in the mall and says she wish she could have done that in her teen years but she worked 12hrs a day and didn't have any money to spare.
    Her memories of a kid go back when she was much younger and stop when she had to go to work, she speaks about when she was 7-8yrs old wistfully but almost never talks about her teen years.

    I had the luxury to be a teenager and do teen things, go to school, play sports, hang out with friends.
    The same as the teens in our family now in Thailand.

    So one of us is not surprised when teens rather hang out with their friends than family or when one of them starts to act up a bit......the other has no personal experience to draw from.
    I also have 9 very close nephews, the last is now 17yrs old....... These are the 1st teenagers on the Thai side in a vastly different Thailand than what my wife grew up in.
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    The world has changed drastically since I was a teenager in the late 60's early 70's...

    Paulie mentions Malls...there were no such thing as malls in my teen years...no computers (or computer games)...no mobile telephones...no McDonald's etc...

    But we had a ball...and a very busy and social one...beach, sports, books, radio and the stereo (which was actually mono) for music, playing musical instruments at home, with mates and at school concerts, TV in Black + White, playing in the middle of the street with all the neighbourhood kids...girls and pushbikes to ride 555

    we certainly found a way to fill in our days

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    I remember we used to climb the trees at the bottom of our garden so we could spy on the TV in the rich house next door.. 55
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    Quote Originally Posted by Distantpeak View Post
    I just look at poems I wrote as a teenager (yes I kept them all.. 55) and I can see exactly what I was like... angst attack... 55

    Ask Au if her son writes poems.. that should liven things up... ;-)
    By the way.........we had that long convo/debate on teen angst
    Hanging with my closest nephew...the one I consider a son.........and he has tons
    Quite a good convo

    He is a weird situation though, he is the best player on hockey team, gets invited to all the parties, is popular but he is a very different kind of kid so doesn't fit in as easy with the average teenager

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarcTwoSix View Post
    By the way.........we had that long convo/debate on teen angst
    Hanging with my closest nephew...the one I consider a son.........and he has tons
    Quite a good convo

    He is a weird situation though, he is the best player on hockey team, gets invited to all the parties, is popular but he is a very different kind of kid so doesn't fit in as easy with the average teenager
    Tons of angst or tons of poems? Or both? Tell him university will be fun if he gets there.... smart girls love a rhyming jock... 55
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    Quote Originally Posted by Distantpeak View Post
    Tons of angst or tons of poems? Or both? Tell him university will be fun if he gets there.... smart girls love a rhyming jock... 55
    He's not a weirdo and writes poems as a teenager 555

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarcTwoSix View Post
    He's not a weirdo and writes poems as a teenager 555
    Tell him he's not alone... 55
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    Quote Originally Posted by Distantpeak View Post
    Tell him he's not alone... 55
    exactly..........he's not alone because he isn't sitting home writing poems 555

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarcTwoSix View Post
    exactly..........he's not alone because he isn't sitting home writing poems 555
    Ah... I thought he did write poems! You mean he is full of angst and has no outlet? ...555
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