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Relate the fifth commandment to teens' everyday lives.

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channing97 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted April 16, 2012 at 11:31 PM via web

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Relate the fifth commandment to teens' everyday lives.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 16, 2012 at 11:44 PM (Answer #1)

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I assume that you are using the traditional listing of the Ten Commandments in which the fifth commandment is "honor your father and mother."  This is a very difficult commandment for teens since it is so ambiguous and because it is so difficult to follow in cases where its meaning is clear. 

On a daily basis, the commandment should mean that teens should do as their parents tell them to do.  This much is clear.  If a teen's parents tell them not to stay out past a certain time, they should be home by that time.  If a teen's parents tell them to clean their room, they should do so. 

Where the commandment gets harder is in what it says about teens' attitudes.  Ideally, teens should obey in ways that show honor to their parents.  That is, they should do as they are told without making it clear that they think their parents are stupid for telling them to do that particular thing.  But does the commandment tell teens that they must not think that their parents' rules are stupid?  

Either way, this is a hard commandment to keep.  It is hard for teens to deal with their situation since they are coming to adulthood and are feeling the need for independence even as they live with their parents and are subject to their rules.

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