Do teenagers ever become normal?

User - posted on 08/16/2012 ( 1 mom has responded )

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Are there any happy endings here? Basically from all these risky behaviors, bad judgements and bad decisions - Do teenagers every step out of that terrible mindset and behavior. Mine is turning 17 soon and its been a struggle for the past 2 years. Will this end? Please share your stories if you have happy endings with yours.

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Angie - posted on 08/16/2012

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YES!! They do!!...You know all the struggles I have with my 15yo right now, but I also have an older one who is almost 21. We battled from 16 til around 19 (not as extreme as it is with my youngest), but I cannot tell you how wonderful it is to get to the other side!! He has been my bright spot through the struggles with the youngest...I braced myself for him to be around 25 for it to start getting better so I was happily surprised to see the maturing and understanding to start around 20. I think him getting his own apartment helped (although he is back home now) and I think him working full time helped, but to hear them thank you for being the parent you are will make you cry too, but happy tears instead....I promise you it will all be worth it :)

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