I don't know what kind of teenagers you are familiar with, but the 14-17 year-olds who live in my house would need a really long nap before they could even begin to contemplate taking on a task like making a list.
"OMG!" they would say. "How are we supposed to make a list when the paper is nowhere near the couch? Why don't you just ask us to go cut down a tree and make our own paper? I guess Seasons One through 17 of the Vampire Diaries and/or South Park will just watch themselves?"
On and on it would go, until every last possible objection that could be made without rising from the couch or changing the channel had been exhausted.
So when the photographic dispatch below arrived via our Atlanta correspondent, we could not disguise our envy.
How had she managed to inspire the kind of initiative that led her 15-year-old son to create a summer action plan? Pop-Tarts? Cash? Breast milk? Was it French parenting? Tiger parenting? Some combination of French parenting and Pop-Tarts?
Photo: Atlanta teen's Summer Action Plan.
from the archives of teen ambition: Bonnie and Clyde, PTA members