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.

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Last updated: 28 November 2017