Children today are too spoiled, codled into adulthood, their every whim and desire catered too, and this is creating some serious problems for our greater society...a selfish, self centered, all about ME populace is not a good thing. Teenagers do not need cell phones, TV's and computers in their rooms, and $150 a pair sneakers. What they need are rules, boundaries and unconditional love.
If teenagers don't want to follow the rules, they need to know there are serious consequences to their rebellious behaviors. Being politically correct, liberal do gooders have all taken things to far when a parent cannot spank their child without fear of Social Services hauling them into court. Parents and adults need to take our power and authority back, children need to learn basic respect, need to know their place within the power structure of a family...if you are told to clean your room or take out the garbage, do it without question. You want a laptop computer, go out and shovel snow, cut grass or whatever else it takes to EARN THE MONEY for those life perks.
A parent's authority ends when children are living on their own and are fully and completely self sufficient. If they are counting on Mom and Dad for funding of their own lifestyles, then they still have to accept the parents rules, accept the strings that come with that assistance.