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Interview with a Teenager
​​​​​​​Interview with a Teenager:  Real Thoughts from a Real Teen​
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​​​​​The world of a teenager can seem like a great black hole to most parents.  Many of us ​​ask, what’s going on in there?  What is she thinking?  Hey, is he even awake? Well, we ​​had the unique opportunity to speak candidly to an actual American 14-year old, in her ​​natural habitat (in front of the computer).  The results of the interview might surprise you, ​​and are chronicled below.​
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​​​​​​​Interviewer: ​​​​​​​​​​ What is your biggest concern today?​
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​​​​​​​Real Teen: ​​​​​​​​​​ Is my deodorant working? A lot of times it doesn’t, and I don’t want people to ​​think I smell bad.​
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​​​​​​​Interviewer:  ​​​​​​​​​​What motivates you?​
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​​​​​​​Real Teen: ​​​​​​​​​​ Getting yelled at motivates me to NOT do something.  I like to get a note with ​​a list of jobs to do, rather than having my mom nag me.  I’m always motivated by money.​
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​​​​​​​Interviewer:  ​​​​​​​​​​Who is your greatest inspiration?​
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​​​​​​​Real Teen:​​​​​​​​​​  I am.  (Yelling)  I don’t know!  These are hard questions!​
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​​​​​​​Interviewer: ​​​​​​​​​​ What is your biggest dream for the future?​
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​​​​​​​Real Teen: ​​​​​​​​​​ I have a specific college I want to go to.  After that, who knows?​
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​​​​​​​Interviewer:  ​​​​​​​​​​What do you like about your parents?​
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​​​​​​​Real Teen:​​​​​​​​​​  What?  Oh, sorry, I wasn’t listening to you.   I like when they are in a good ​​mood.​
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​​​​​​​Interviewer: ​​​​​​​​​​ What drives you the most nuts?​
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​​​​​​​Real Teen: ​​​​​​​​​​ Getting yelled at, when you're trying to be funny, when you go to my school, ​​make me eat gross things.  You want more examples?​
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​​​​​​​Interviewer:​​​​​​​​​​  What is your favorite pastime?  What would you do with a day all to yourself?​
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​​​​​​​Real Teen:​​​​​​​​​​  I’d sleep and take baths.​
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​​​​​​​Interviewer: ​​​​​​​​​​ What makes you feel good about yourself?​
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​​​​​​​Real Teen: ​​​​​​​​​​ Sleeping.​
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​That’s right, folks.  Insight from an actual teenager!  Maybe this information will help you ​​to better understand you own teen. Or maybe it will simply serve as comfort to know that ​​we are all in the same boat when it comes to dealing with our teens.​
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​Either way, my work here is done.​
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