Adolescence

Being an adolescent today comes with many challenges. It can be tough to parent today's adolescent too. I try my hardest to be team teen while still challenging...supporting, working toward middle ground, discovering...honoring.

Adolescents give me permission to anonymously reenact some of their awesomeness and I share some of it here. May it go viral.

“I don’t want the plan they have for me. The rat race is depressing.”
— Adolescent
“Are you kidding me? My mom is miserable...and she makes everyone in our house miserable too.”
— Adolescent
“There is no such thing as a teen anymore. You’re either a kid or you’re Kylie Jenner. You know she bought her own mansion when she was like 16 years old.”
— Adolescent
“My step dad sucks...ugh...he’s so old and conservative.”
— Adolescent
“My dad doesn’t think I can do it...he doesn’t say it, but I can tell by how he acts.”
— Adolescent
“I guess I didn’t realize how much I liked him until just now...it kind of sucks.”
— Adolescent
It comes easy to them so they don’t get how hard it is for me. It took me 3 times just to get out of the car and go in to register for classes this semester.”
— Adolescent
“I want to tell him, your dad isn’t dying so no, you don’t know how I feel! And stop preaching to me about how things were when you were my age!”
— Adolescent
“I just don’t care enough to change.”
— Adolescent
“I just want someone on my team.”
— Adolescent
Telling me how I’m going to struggle if I don’t get my crap together is sort of de-motivating don’tcha think?”
— Adolescent
“No I don’t look up to them...my parents hate their jobs, their friends, where they are in life...heck, they might hate each other.”
— Adolescent
“I gave everyone in my house a new name...just because.”
— Adolescent
“I hate you!”
10 min later: “Okay so like I don’t hate you, I’m just angry...there’s a difference.”
— Adolescent