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Why is understanding teens an important part of curbing teen's bad behavior?

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You might look back at your own teen years through rose-tinted glasses, but don't forget that this tumultuous time of life comes with a lot of stress. Teens are under an enormous amount of pressure to do well in school, excel at a lot of different activities, follow all the current fads, and fit in with their friends.

Before you come down hard on your teen for bad behavior, try to understand what's driving it. Could there be trouble in school? Boyfriend or girlfriend problems? Bullying?

Get your kids to open up to you about their problems by creating an environment of honesty and respect. Let them know they can talk to you about anything. Even sensitive subjects like sex and drug use should not be off-limits. Let your teens know you'll always love and support them, no matter what they do.

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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