I recently read a quote that said, “Teenagers are the most misunderstood people on the planet. They are treated like children and expected to act like adults.” 

I can remember being a teenager, (it wasn’t that long ago) and wanting so badly to be able to make my own decisions. Do whatever I wanted, when I wanted, without the watchful eye of my parents. No rules. If I had only known then what I know now. Be sure to cherish time with family and don’t be so quick to grow up, being an adult is not all it’s cracked up to be.

Being a teenager is hard, especially in today’s world.  I honestly cannot imagine how difficult it must be coping with daily life in such an uncertain environment. (Thank you, Covid.)

In this issue, Dustin Turner talks with three high school seniors about their final year. How they are coping with the daily uncertainty, staying motivated to finish strong and juggling their schedules. Dustin also speaks with their mothers and how they feel about the next chapter.

Former Family editor, Aimee Serafin, helps navigate the options for college admissions testing and explains how the new approaches are untraditional and consider a student’s entire academic career and not rely on a sole standardized test score.

Cammie Jones tackles the issue of homesickness for your college teens. Change is the name of the game for our children in today’s world, particularly for teenagers.

The expression, “It takes a village to raise a child,” has never been more true. We’re happy to be a part of that village.

Ashlee Duren