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Growth and Development, Ages 15 to 18 Years - Topic Overview

How can you help your teenager during these years?

Even though teens don't always welcome your help, they still need it. Your being available and involved in your teen's life can help your teen avoid risky behavior. It also helps your teen grow and develop into a healthy adult. Here are some things you can do:

  • Encourage your teen to get enough sleep.
  • Talk about body image and self worth.
  • Encourage your teen to eat healthy foods and be active.
  • Talk with your teen about drugs and alcohol.
  • Be ready to address your teen's concerns and problems.
  • Involve your teen in setting household rules and schedules.
  • Continue talking to your teen about dating and sex.
  • Encourage community involvement (volunteering).
  • Set rules about media use.

Teens really want to know that they can talk honestly and openly with you about their feelings and actions. It is very important for teens to know that you love them no matter what.

Frequently Asked Questions

Learning about teen growth and development:

Seeing a doctor:

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Last Updated: April 06, 2012
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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