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Teenager quote

The older your teenagers are, the more they will have their own ideas and opinions. If you take them seriously, rather than assuming your ideas are always best and the only ones, you will begin to grow a relationship that will extend beyond the hormone-group years.

KEVIN LEMAN, Have a New Teenager by Friday


Teenagers can't tell you in consistent ways why they do the things they do. Expecting a logical and well-reasoned response to the Why question is like trying to squeeze water from a rock. There is, however, a rational explanation for all this. Along with their bodies, teenagers' brains are in the midst of huge growth spurts, specifically in the corpus callosum and the prefrontal lobes, the areas of the brain responsible for mature judgment and decisionmaking skills. Until the brain finishes this growth spurt, teenagers' impulses are way ahead of their abilities to control them.

MICHAEL RIERA, Staying Connected to Your Teenager


A hallmark of teenagers is the need to establish their independence as they forge a stable indentity for themselves. A tall order for any age--and one that most adults have yet to fulfill--yet teenagers think they can and must fulfill this quest, and usually in a semester's time. Few engage in this quest in an orderly manner. As in many other areas of their lives, teenagers are apt to exaggerate and push too hard in their insistence upon independence, especially with their parents. This is because the best way they know of to establish a sense of independence is to push away the people they have been dependent upon for so long: mom and dad.

MICHAEL RIERA, Staying Connected to Your Teenager


The invention of the teenager was a mistake. Once you identify a period of life in which people get to stay out late but don't have to pay taxes -- naturally, no one wants to live any other way.

JUDITH MARTIN, Miss Manners' Guide for the Turn-of-the-Millennium


When you become a teenager, you step onto a bridge. You may already be on it. The opposite shore is adulthood. Childhood lies behind. The bridge is made of wood. As you cross, it burns behind you.



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In biblical times, they used to stone a few thirteen-year-olds with some regularity, which helped keep the others quiet and at home. The mothers were usually in the first row of stone-throwers, and had to be restrained.

ANNE LAMOTT, Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith


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We underestimate teenagers at our peril. Even the dismissive thing out on the street--look at what they're wearing. Then we'll hear stories about how a toddler fell on the tracks, and it's often a teenager who comes to the rescue and walks away because he or she doesn't want any credit. I recognize it because I've written books for teenagers--it's basically that they feel things more than adults do. They want things more than you think. They want things with greater depth than you think they do. Teenagers have got a lot of soul that adults have forgotten they have within themselves.

MARKUS ZUSAK, "On Top of His Game: SLJ Interviews Margaret A. Edwards Award Winner Markus Zusak", School Library Journal, June 2, 2014


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Few things are more satisfying than seeing your children have teenagers of their own.

DOUG LARSON, attributed, Raising Kids That Succeed


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If you liked being a teenager, there's something wrong with you.

STEPHEN KING, attributed, "The Adirondack Dreamer: Stephen King and I Agree"


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Your modern teenager is not about to listen to advice from an old person, defined as a person who remembers when there was no Velcro.

DAVE BARRY, attributed, The Ultimate Book of Quotations


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A teenager is a budding beauty who never smiles until her braces come off.

CHUCK U. FARLEY, Twitter post, June 16, 2014


Every teenager in the world feels like that, feels broken or out of place, different somehow, royalty mistakenly born into a family of peasants.



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One of the reasons the teenage years are so agonizing is that in most societies, particularly ours, the adolescent is emotionally neither fish nor fowl.

HERBERT STREAN & LUCY FREEMAN, Our Wish to Kill: The Murder in All Our Hearts


It is upsetting to many parents that their teen-agers introduce them to their friends as encyclopedia salesmen who are just passing through ... if they introduce them at all. I have some acquaintances who hover in dark parking lots, enter church separately and crouch in furnace rooms so their teen-agers will not be accused of having parents.

ERMA BOMBECK, Just Wait Till You Have Children of Your Own!


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Teenagers are people too!

JOYCE MEYER, Teenagers Are People Too!


I tell you, it's a brand-new world, it's as radical as having an infant. And I'm as clueless. And it turns out there are no operating instructions and no owner's manual that come with a teenager either.

ANNE LAMOTT, interview, beliefnet


Remember that as a teenager you are in the last stage of your life when you will be happy to hear the phone is for you.

FRAN LEBOWITZ, Social Studies


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Teenagers. Everything is so apocalyptic.

KAMI GARCIA, Beautiful Creatures


When adults say, "Teenagers think they are invincible" with that sly, stupid smile on their faces, they don't know how right they are. We need never be hopeless, because we can never be irreparably broken. We think that we are invincible because we are. We cannot be born, and we cannot die. Like all energy, we can only change shapes and sizes and manifestations. They forget that when they get old. They get scared of losing and failing. But that part of us greater than the sum of our parts cannot begin and cannot end, and so it cannot fail.

JOHN GREEN, Looking for Alaska


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A monster. You and your friends, all of you. Pretty monsters. It's a stage all girls go through. If you're lucky you get through it without doing any permanent damage to yourself or anyone else.

KELLY LINK, Pretty Monsters


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