What’s an Adolescent?

Adolescent is a Latin word meaning to grow up or nearing maturity. Anyone who actually has an adolescent in their house will be tickled to know that the word is very closely related to alere, another Latin word meaning to eat. Whereas the word teenager simply denotes that one is between thirteen and nineteen years old. In the States we tend to forget that nineteen year olds are teenagers because we become legal adults in all things except alcohol and tobacco consumption at eighteen. It is interesting to note that teenager is simply a demarcation of time, whereas adolescent takes a more qualitative approach to the maturing adult. Adolescent carries with it the … Continue reading What’s an Adolescent?

Investiture of the Letterman

Where Soto Street and Whittier Blvd meet in the City of the Angeles┬ásits a collection of buildings which has housed the young men enrolled at┬áSalesian High School since 1958. The year after the school was founded saw the institution of the schools Letterman Society. Every year the young men who are enrolled in this society, the schools oldest, hear in the second reading at Mass about those who persevered in the combat, those who “washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” (Rev 7:14). This is because it is the schools tradition to invest their … Continue reading Investiture of the Letterman

The Role of Mentors in a Teens Life

It is no revelation to parents that adolescents – teenagers – require different parenting skills than younger children do. This is never more apparent than when the adolescent, raised in a family with a clearly articulated morality rejects this in favor of the predominant culture. While we do not pretend to delve into all the possible reasons for this rejection we do hope to offer some practical resolutions for parents living with these periodically rational animals – their teenagers. From their first day children are exposed to the various conclusions of their parents moral teaching. Often times this exposure comes in … Continue reading The Role of Mentors in a Teens Life