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It never really gets any easier talking to your kids about something does it now? What you want to do is impress upon them that perhaps something is a “bad” habit but of course to them, it’s just a critique.

 

Daniel, who is 21 and a junior at Duke now, is in the throws of interviewing for a summer internship. He’s smart, he’s qualified and he’s a hard worker. He’s everything you’d want in an employee but he says the word “like” A LOT!!!

 

A WHOLE LOT!

 

I know that we all use the word “like” a lot in our conversations. I remember when I was young and talking to my dad I would constantly say “you know?” and he would constantly reply, “no, I don’t know.” It was a bad habit and I still use it occasionally (possibly more than occasionally) as well as sometimes saying “like.”

 

But I noticed that Daniel was using “like” too much and I was concerned that in an interview it wouldn’t come across well. So I talked to him. It didn’t go over well.

 

As the interview process moved along I talked to him again. Yesterday he informed me that “everyone does it” and while I can’t disagree with it that doesn’t make it a great thing. Then he got ticked off at me and the last thing I want to do is undermine his confidence now that he’s interviewing.

 

So what to do? If you had a doctor or a professional explaining something to you and constantly saying the word “like” they probably wouldn’t come across as very professional don’t you think?

 

Getting that point across without personalizing it is no small task and thus far I’m failing. Thank goodness he doesn’t read this blog (EVER) or he’d probably be angry that I’m bringing it up.

 

How have you guys handled this? He’s not a little kid anymore so I’m not around him all that much and at his age it’s probably not my problem but I do think it’s something that he should resolve.

 

Last night he had a conversation with Kevin and Kevin commented that he also wanted to say something but we’re not exactly sure what to do. Of course, this morning I emailed him a step-by-step guide on “how to break the like habit” so he probably will never speak to me again so … PROBLEM SOLVED.

 

See? This is what I think of on a day-to-day basis. I need to get a life … not a LIKE!

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9 Comments

  1. Julie
    March 4, 2015

    If you discover a solution, can you please share it? My daughter does the same thing.

    • Lynn
      March 12, 2015

      Ugh

  2. Brad Procton
    March 4, 2015

    Lynn:

    Consider the following – “Daniel, when you talk to someone and you’re having a conversation you want to make points and enjoy what you’re talking about. If that’s the case, you wouldn’t enjoy it if they added a lot of filler and didn’t get to the point. Does that seem fair? So what if you tried to really impress someone? Wouldn’t you want those people who interview you to think you were better then everyone else> One of the ways to do that is to speak clearly and get to the point. So you wouldn’t want a professor to say – Daniel – if you were going to fix a sub routine in the main logic field, , you need to follow all of the if-then conditionals.”

    It really does work if you make them think like it was their idea. Hmmmmmmmm……..I wonder who used to do that?????? WWJD.

    Anyway – like – just a thought.

    • Lynn
      March 12, 2015

      It’d never work

  3. Name *
    March 4, 2015

    Like totally like my biggest peeve!!!! Here in California is is practically the state language. When I work with a group of kids on something, I have a “like” jar. Pay up! Solves it pretty quick. We are the “you know” generation and they are the “like” generation. I can honestly say since I hounded often, I don’t hear it as much in our house… or I have like totally like become like immune to it…you know?

    I promise you he is listening to your feedback. He just doesn’t want you to know it.

  4. Sue maxon
    March 4, 2015

    It occurs to me a solution, like would be like to like write like a piece of like literature, (Romeo and Juliet) a poem, a nursery rhyme, or like a blog post, but like put in like like as much as your son like says it, like and have him like read that poem or literature or like blog post and see if like he thinks that like sounds like okay like, you know?

    • Lynn
      March 12, 2015

      I can’t imagine how posse off he would be but good news, he got a summer job today.

  5. Sue maxon
    March 4, 2015

    I don’t see my comment, I hope it’s just pending approval. Anyway, I forgot the most important part – make him read that aloud.

  6. Sue
    March 4, 2015

    It occurs to me a solution, like would be like to like write like a piece of like literature, (Romeo and Juliet) a poem, a nursery rhyme, or like a blog post, but like put in like like as much as your son like says it, like and have him like read that poem or literature or like blog post and see if like he thinks that like sounds like okay like, you know?

    I hope this one shows up. Weird!

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