Age 18 makes them a legal adult, but research shows us that the decision-making brain is still developing until age 26.
As your teen grows into young adulthood, adjust engagement to more communicative/less directive.
Your young adult still needs help in processing and healthy decision-making. (Help them weigh the pros and cons.)
They are still kids to some degree: risky behavior must be addressed and adult consequences explained…not a game anymore!
Consider punishments such as taking away the car keys, iPhone or stopping allowance if it is being used for illegal things (drugs, alcohol).
This Week's Parenting Challenge:
Start talking now, no matter your child's age!
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