What makes a perfect prom? Your parents will tell you it's about having fun. Your teachers will tell you it's about the milestone. Your friends will tell you it's about getting trashed. They're all lying.
A study last month in the Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics highlighted graphic YouTube videos of adolescents engaging in what we as clinicians call "self-injury" and kids call "cutting" -- on camera.
As my children are but 10 and seven, the teen years and all of their related angst and drama still seem so far off. And yet, every time I open up a newspaper lately, I'm confronted with a new (and often disturbing) fact about teens.
Staying steady in the wake -- when emotional detritus slams the walls, and tears stain the faces -- may be what is needed to allow for the very next moment, when indeed a step forward actually might occur.