Parenting a teen

It’s not easy parenting a teen. Your teen’s brain is still developing until about age 25, according to the National Institutes of Health. These are areas that control judgment, decision making, and impulse control. What’s a frustrated parent to do? NIH News in Health suggests these actions:

•  Respect your teen’s opinions. Nonjudgmental communication shows your love.

•  Be honest and direct with your teen when talking about sensitive subjects such as drugs, drinking, smoking, and sex.

•  Respect your teen’s privacy.

•  Have meals together.

•  Help your teen make healthy choices and plan ahead for difficult situations.

•  Meet and get to know your teen’s friends.

•  Compliment your teen and celebrate your child’s efforts and accomplishments.

•  Limit time your teen uses video games, texting, and instant messaging.

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