It is normal for teenagers to experiment, take risks and test limits.
It’s part of learning the skills they need to become part of the adult world.
It is important to remember:
- the adolescent brain is still developing the decision-making areas - which means teens often act from emotions and impulses
- parents can help their son or daughter to understand risks and consequences, and learn to make good decisions that keep themselves and others safe
- young people need to practice making decisions - this will help them make good decisions on their own as they get older
- parents have the strongest influence over the attitude their son or daughter has to drugs or alcohol - so they need to set a good example.
The information in this section was adapted from the Parent Easy Guide series © Parenting SA, Government of South Australia.