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Why do teens misbehave?

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Sulking, arguing, lying, and rebelling are just a few of the ways teens misbehave. There's a good explanation for these bad behaviors. As teens become more independent, they still lack the emotional maturity they need to make informed, thoughtful decisions. The parts of the brain that control decision making and impulse control haven't fully developed. The combo can lead to risky teen behaviors like drinking, smoking, and having unprotected sex.

SOURCES:

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration web site: "Preventing Kids From Breaking the Rules."

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension: "Logical Consequences & Responsible Teens."

Iowa State University web site: "10 Principles for Parenting Your Teen."

Nemours Foundation: "A Parent's Guide to Surviving the Teen Years."

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry web site: "Facts for Families."

The Ohio State University Extension: "Teen Risk Behavior."

Reviewed by Amita Shroff on November 10, 2017

SOURCES:

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration web site: "Preventing Kids From Breaking the Rules."

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension: "Logical Consequences & Responsible Teens."

Iowa State University web site: "10 Principles for Parenting Your Teen."

Nemours Foundation: "A Parent's Guide to Surviving the Teen Years."

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry web site: "Facts for Families."

The Ohio State University Extension: "Teen Risk Behavior."

Reviewed by Amita Shroff on November 10, 2017

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