Teenagers are a mystery to the adult world. Even when my own kids were teenagers, it was hard to know exactly what their lives were like. What parts of their life did they love and what parts of their day were horrid?
Sometimes there was no telling. Even more so today, as those days are receding into the rear-view mirror, I have little conception of what the modern teenager deals with.
Now we read stories of Internet bullying, sexting, body image issues, drugs, gadget-filled lives, rebellion, drama and the search for identity. We can relate — sort of. We were all once teenagers, notwithstanding the evidence of our now stodgy auras to the contrary. After all, Baby Boomers still rock out on 1960s tunes, and the extended adolescence of 20-somethings blurs the line of boys and men. And everybody is paying on student (or parent) loans.
A recent study of adolescent eating and physical activity behaviors showed that it is impossible to generalize about teens. But like the rest of us, many aren’t getting enough fruits and vegetables.