My kids are 15 and 11. I currently reject patronizing generic attitudes directed towards all teens just same as I did when I was a teen. My self-assessment of my 18 year old self is a bit different than yours. At the 14-18 age range, I was carrying a handgun regularly and as much as legally possible. In the calendar year I turned 18, I finished my Eagle Scout, was Valedictorian at my HS, and started engineering school on a 4-year Army ROTC scholarship.