Peter:(1) I think music, clothes, mobile phones and slang are some of the factors that make up the way we identify "youth culture". For parents to truly connect with their children, it is important to know about their child's interests. But they don't have to like them.
Kate: Really, it doesn't take much for a parent to find out who their child's favourite artist is, which mobiles are in and what clothes are out. Times are changing, why shouldn’t parents move along as well?
Christina: I guess parents shouldn't try to be trendy, they should just be themselves. Most parents want to look good because it's human nature but there is a limit to how far they can go. Trying to dress like your son or daughter is just a no-no.
Mike: I believe trendy parents are a bad idea because they're adults and we're teenagers and there needs to be a clear line between the two. Parents should have their own style.
Christina: Yeah, you're right. It is okay for celebrity parents like Madonna to be trendy because she's famous and it's part of her job. But if my mum started listening to my favourite groups and wearing the same clothes as I do, I wouldn't like it because I'd think she was not acting like an adult is supposed to.
Mike: You see this is why trendy parents are disturbing to me and why many children end up excluding their parents from their social circle. They shouldn't act exactly the same as their kids because it's too embarrassing.
Kate: But you know, I understand why parents try to be trendy. I suppose at that age you try to find anything that reminds you of when you were younger. The fact that people feel they have to be trendy to be accepted is wrong, especially adults.
Peter: I see what you mean Adults are lucky because they don't have to follow trends to the extent that younger people do. Unfortunetly, some adults still think they have to be "trendy". Everyone has the right to do what they want and look how they want, within reason, of course.