来源：英国每日邮报 2010-03-28 12:00
Seventeen-year-old Chezdan Mills used to be, in his own words, 'every parent's worst nightmare'. He jokes about how, if every potential parent had to meet his younger self, they'd run a mile from having kids at all, 'and the human race would die out'.
Mercifully for his mum, there's a reason for Chezdan's use of the past tense. These days he may not exactly be a model son, but there has been a radical improvement in his behaviour.
He is now at college in his hometown, and is second to top in his class; he has high hopes of university. At home, his bedroom is neat, his love life is carried out discreetly, and his mum hasn't been in tears at his overt defiance for a long time. Earlier today, he even made her a cup of tea, which still appears to be a novelty for all involved.
What changed was that Chezdan, who always told anyone who would listen that he was a 'lost cause', signed up for a TV programme about parenting strategies.
In truth, he appeared on The World's Strictest Parents 'to get on the telly and have a giggle', but the programme makers - and his mum - seem to have had the last laugh. A year after the show was filmed, he is a very different young man.
"I'm a reformed character, and nobody is more surprised about that than me," he says.
The format of The World's Strictest Parents involves finding parents around the world with very rigid ideas of discipline and child-rearing, and sending the most wayward British teenagers they could find - a boy and a girl - to live with them.
Not every wayward kid involved in this show has had a positive outcome. Several stormed off halfway through filming, unable to even complete the programme, never mind change their lives. But many of them are back in the UK, supporting each other in their new 'respectful' existences.
'We talk online about what a nightmare other teenagers are, and how they really need to get a life and grow up,' laughs Chezdan, sounding like the father he never had.
In one of the most moving moments in the series, the two teenagers in Botswana were asked to write their versions of Martin Luther King's famous speech which starts, 'I have a dream'. Hannah Moorehead was asked what her dream was. She replied, 'I don't have one. I've never had one'.
'That's where it's changed,' says Chezdan. 'We all have dreams now.'