“In third grade, our parents were so cautious and caring, making sure we didn’t eat peanuts and that no one around us did either, because of food allergies some of our friends may have had. Now, in eighth grade, why are they letting us drink alcohol at their house when they know it’s illegal? They know it can harm our brains, is dangerous for our decision making. They allow us to drink alcohol and they don’t even know if we are on medications that could react detrimentally!?”
Be consistent as a parent.Teens may push and teens may complain but that’s just what their adolescent developing brain prompts them to do sometimes, especially if they experience peer pressure from friends who are doing the same thing to their parents. Nonetheless, teens are actually relying on YOU, as adults, to set the rules and stick by them. They need you to parent them, love them and guide them through to adulthood.
For more information about adolescent brain development please visit: http://ireta.org/2013/03/13/just-in-time-for-brain-awareness-week/