He is just beginning to go through the "finding yourself" phase of the teen years. He deserved a couple years of normal childhood before growing up.
He recently has discovered that not all families have chores and was quite frustrated by it. He kept telling us about his friends who don't do any cleaning or laundry. We explained that they are in for a tough transition to adulthood, but of course, that didn't satisfy him. Two weeks ago he went to New York to visit a friend. He came back complaining what a wreck his friend's apartment was. He looked around at the dirt and dust and said, "Who's chore is this? You need to clean up!" He told us how grateful he is for the training he received. (I didn't think kids said stuff like that until after they left the nest, so I was quite shocked by his humility!)
Several months ago, we gave him a budget so that he would know how to save money appropriately. (Spending comes quite easily for him.) Well, we never heard another word about it, so I wondered if he dismissed our advice. Yesterday, I asked him how much money he had in savings and he was able to tell me exactly what he had in his housing fund, education fund, and car repair fund. I was quite impressed!