Our daughter is fifteen and will be going off to university in the US in 3 years (we live in Turkey). We have always spent a lot of time together, just because we like to. We have a lot in common and talk about everything. She hasn't become horrible....but you know what? Here in Turkey, teenagers get contrary, but they do not get as nasty as teenagers in the US. There is not so much a teen culture and dating is not common-- they socialize in groups, and the girls have the upper hand (they are real b*tches to boys!). Drug use is rare.
When my daughter and her friends talk on the phone or IM, it is never about boys (I confess, I sneaked a peek when she left it running one day). They do like boys, but boys are to be controlled!!
Of course there are families with problems, and runaways, abuse, etc. I am talking about the kids I see at her (private) school and out and about , and of course what I see on TV.
I will miss her when she goes off to study in America. It will be strange to find out what it is I really do like to do, just on my own. I expect I will quit the university and start up my own editing and translation business...or not. Maybe do something more with my writing.
I will have full possession of our horse!! Perhaps I will take Turkish citizenship and train myself up to win a spot on the Turkish National Dressage Team.