“I’m not raising kids. I’m raising the adults they’re going to turn into.”
- Louis C.K.
An empowering, realistic distinction!
Instead of seeing their teenager as a kid who’s been in the family for more than a decade, parents need to recognize that they’re working with an “emerging adult.” An infinite number of outcomes are possible, so they need to remain conscious of the goal: to prepare the young person to become a happy, successful, responsible adult.
By the way, Louis C.K. is a really funny guy. Here he is on Conan, talking about his kids and cell phones…