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[The above is an abbreviated, postproduction text of the program released for broadcast the week of April 21-27 in the radio series, "The Bible Speaks to You." Heard internationally over approximately 1,000 stations, the weekly programs are prepared and produced by the Christian Science Committee on Publication, 107 Falmouth Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02115.]
RADIO PROGRAM NO. 264 - Building Better Understanding Between Teen-agers and Parents
Announcer: Many parents today are concerned about the wall that is built up between themselves and their teen-agers. Most parents and most teen-agers would like to understand each other better if they could find a way to go about it. But so often there's a break-down in understanding.
Questioner: Most adults just don't seem to take the time to get informed about teen-agers—to sit and listen to their gripes and opinions. The teen-ager wants discussion and direction but not mere ultimatums. Do you really think that this is an unreasonable desire on the part of the teen-ager?
Speaker: It's not unreasonable at all. What you've pointed out is that many parents and teen-agers simply haven't really learned to know each other. And I'm sorry to say that I'm afraid that those of us who are parents are responsible for a good part of this. Very often we're inclined to take credit when things go well with our young people but inclined to wash our hands of a situation if something goes wrong. So I do think that parents and young people alike need assurance of each other's love and mutual respect.
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