Setting Rules with Teens

Teens may look (and think that they are) full grown, but their brains are still growing and their hormones are changing.

This can affect:

    Decision making – Teens make mature decisions at times, and childish ones at others.

    Risk taking – Brain immaturity can result in impulsive or risky behavior.

    Relationships – Teens move further away from family and closer to friends.

Adolescence is a time of such great changes that you may sometimes wonder what happened to the child you thought you knew so well.

Normal teens crave independence, question rules and authority, test limits can be forgetful and have good days and bad days, and drive you crazy and make you proud.

Remember: Be your teens cheerleader. Praise them when they follow the rules and let them know you love them, even when they’re not perfect.