Sometimes, I wonder if we protect our kids so much from a sense of failure, we never really give them opportunities to do GREAT things. Has your kid ever climbed a mountain? Have they ever rafted a difficult stretch of river? Have they worked and trained for something where THEY can get the accolade and not just you?
It goes without saying that the years surrounding puberty are a nightmare for most of us: Awkward, ever-changing bodies, cliques, rampant bullying, and overbearing parents make for an incredibly perplexing and sometimes painful period of life. But for us, certain prime pop culture real-estate saved the day and made these otherwise-unpleasant years not just bearable, but actually pretty damn fun in retrospect. Here's a collection of the cultural artifacts that kept us going when the coolest kids in the world.