When my stepson turned thirteen, I was a little nervous. Let's face it — the teen horror stories are far more plentiful than the warm-hearted anecdotes. While he does hibernate on weekends, often eats like a bear who has just awakened from hibernation, and occasionally flips us some snarly bear attitude, I haven't seen much of the "stereotypical" teenager that I've read so much about.
I acknowledge that perhaps I could be seeing more of the teen terror as my stepson moves deeper into teenhood, but I also have noticed that there's a lack of good press for teenagers, which shapes our belief that they're difficult.
Here's something to combat that: not only will this video stir up a few tears in your eyes like it did with mine, but it's a great example of teenagers at their best — and who wouldn't want to see that?
Check out what the head of The Dave Thomas Foundation has to say about teenagers, or read about what it's sometimes like to be a stepmother.