Teens Do Not Love Their Parents As Much As Caitlin Flanagan Thinks

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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This weekend's New York Times featured an opinion piece by noted polemicist (and better mom than you) Caitlin Flanagan that addressed the decrease in the number of 16-year-olds with driver's licenses.

"That a profound change has taken place in the relationship between American teenagers and their parents is made clear by statistics from the Federal Highway Administration showing a steady decline in the number of licensed teenage drivers. In the last decade, the proportion of 16-year-olds nationwide who hold driver's licenses has dropped from nearly half to less than one-third," she writes. Interesting! Why might that be? According to Flanagan, it's because kids are happy having mom and dad chauffeur them around.

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