As any mother or father of a tween or teenager knows, parents want more than anything to spare their children the horrors of adolescence: the insecurity, the bad skin, the raging hormones and, most of all, the social terrorism of high school cliques.

If only parents could put their kids into a deep sleep and whisk them magically through the years between 12 and 18 (give or take, depending on their precociousness or lack thereof), thereby sparing them from having to walk by the cool kids and feel self-conscious about their weight, sexuality or, worst of all, off-brand shoes.