Sunday, December 14, 2008

How to impress your teenager

Anyone who has a teenager knows they can test the patience of even the mellowest of souls. For instance, it is a universally accepted rule that a parent can never, ever be cool or hip in the eyes of his or her teenager.

Even the successful comedian/actor/writer Dennis Leary laments that when his teenage daughter asks to be picked from school, she instructs him to pick her up around the corner from the school, so as not to be seen by her friends. ("And don't get out of the car," she pointedly adds.)

So if not even Dennis Leary can be cool in his teenager's eyes, then what chance do the rest of us stand?

None. None whatsoever.

However, actor Henry Winkler may have found a loophole. The "Happy Days" star reports that the only time his daughter was impressed with any of his stagecraft was when he made a guest appearance on Oprah. "I am now, for the very first time in her life, a celebrity — because I'm on the Oprah show," he said backstage.

So, Mr. Leary, all you have to do is get on the Oprah show, and you may suddenly become cool to your teenagers.

Maybe. Just maybe.

—Mellow Monk

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