I like this post- the belief that teens have while in that space between childhood and adulthood gives them both traits- they are mature, but still seen as children. I think it’s a liminal space. My brother is going through his teenage years now and I don’t really see when he stopped “being a child”, unless you can use his growth spurt (he’s taller than me.) as an indicator of “growing up”. He still acts the same way, he still likes the same things. There is a conflict because they are being asked to enter the “adult world” soon. Nothing has changed about them except their age. It’s tension that would not be present if the binaries of childhood/adulthood weren’t there.