Teenagers seem to fall into to broad categories: the overly-involved, athletic types, and the sedentary, couch potato types.
As a family, we survived five teenagers at the same time. Fortunately, most of our teenagers were involved in athletics. For about three months every summer, we had to find ways to keep our kids busy and out of trouble. Sports camps and daily swimming kept them involved and basically too tired to get into trouble.
The Good, Bad, and the Ridiculous
I was at a medical conference several years ago when a noted dermatologist posted a question to the audience:
“What is the best treatment for sunburn in a teenager?”
Immediately, the audience shouted out a cacophony of medical treatments from topical steroid creams to a smattering of pain medications, such as codeine or hydrocodone (Vicodin).
“No! A sunburned teenager should not be treated with any pain medication”, she said.
Why? So they will learn a lesson. Sunburns are nearly 100% preventable. The temporary pain will be reminder so they will wear a hat, shirt, and use sunscreen next time.