I believe that teens would most likely consult a friend if they had a major problem instead of adults. Why, you ask? Because friends do not criticize and are usually not quick to judge (or at least not as quick as parents). They will listen to you and your problem and not start screaming at you or condemning you as soon as you get the first words out. Friends support you and are usually on your side because they are your age and sometimes can relate to what you are going through. Or have been through it themselves. Whereas parents might have forgotten after all those years. Some of you reading this might say that your parents are on your side and support you and actually listen to what you have to say. And to those of you this refers to, I congratulate you and your parents. You belong on one of those old sitcoms like "Leave it to Beaver" or "The Brady Bunch," because that's probably the only place I've ever seen it happen! n
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