Some people look at teenagers like they are mystical beings that can’t be understood; that they use their own language, and reason in different ways. Many parents analyse every word and action in fear that their child will ‘fall off the track’ and become a drug addled tramp, something similar to Ke$ha (which amounts to just about my worst nightmare of how my future daughters could turn out).
I am not one of those people. I’ve worked with teenagers in the past, and feel like I remember enough about what it was like to be a teenager that I have a firm grasp on how to communicate with them. And my approach has always been to treat them just like I treat any other person, because, well, they are people. And that’s how they want to be treated. That’s how I remember it at least.
You’d have to be living under a rock to be unaware of the exploits of a Lindsay Lohan or Britney Spears, whose well-publicized struggles with mental illness and addiction have become the butt of a lot of jokes.
But some of the more tragic stories are from stars we forget.
Take Jaimee Foxworth, for example, whose character of Judy Winslow was unceremoniously cut out of Family Matters without …