Some kids do grow up, even the ones you think never will. My wonderful niece is a prime example. She had a difficult childhood, and made some bad choices while in high school and immediately afterwards, but she learned. She is now a responsible mother with two terrific, bright, outgoing children who are well cared for and loved. She has chosen a fantastic man to be her partner and has a beautiful home.
When I look at the kids who are messing around, instead of writing them off, I will take out a picture of this young woman and know there is hope for their lives to be turned around. It might not be easy, but it can be done.