by Barb Shelton
TEEN - the collective, generic term for persons having the suffix "teen" at
the end of their age, as differentiated from people in their 20's or 60's. In
some circles the terms "teen" and "teenager" are somewhat abrasive-
sounding, even disdained to the point of not being used. Instead, the terms "youth" and
"young adult" are used.
Back to now... In Biblical times, the average age to marry was between 15
and 18, sometimes earlier by arrangement, but seldom later. So there was an
entirely different focus at that time. For whatever reasons, kids are marrying later now. I totally agree that we don't want our kids between 13
and 19 to be "typical teenagers"; I just prefer to use the term because it's handy and it's accurate, and instead be part of redeeming it. :-) (And
in case you didn't read my previous post, I'll reprint my comments from that
here...) "I don't mean to sound "contrary" to the thoughts presented here
(on the WWOL list), but you might be interested in considering my perspective
as you ponder this whole issue and formulate your views. Our hearts are the
same, but I think it's really just a matter of semantics. (And for those of
you on SHFL who don't know what I'm talking about, there has been some very
good discussion on the WWOL list about what to call our children in the "teenage years.") Anyway, it's certainly not anything to argue about.
That's not my heart at all! :-) I just have a little different perspective.
I got my border at Helena's
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