Taking risks is a part of life and is most definitely part of growing up.
Through the process of taking risks, teens are able to discern their own capabilities or discover the joys associated with new experiences. Although some risks can be good; others can be destructive to the individual and, eventually, to the family.
Part of the parent's role in nurturing their teen is to encourage safe risks and emotionally and physically equip them to avoid taking risks where they could potentially endanger themselves or others.
Choosing to participate in sports, making new friends, exploring artistic or creative endeavors, traveling to new places - all can be considered healthy risks. Unhealthy risks can include driving too fast, texting or talking on the phone while driving, unprotected sex, smoking, excessive alcohol consumption or drug use, stealing, gang activity, eating disorders and many others.
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What makes one teen choose healthy risks; while another chooses the unhealthy path? Many times unhealthy choices made by the teen are described as an act of rebelliousness by the parents. In reality; they rarely are. It is much more about identity formation and should be addressed from a clear perspective.
Peer pressure often becomes a strong influence on a teenager's life. This may come at the sacrifice of listening to the wise directions of their parents. Peer pressure can have both a positive and negative influence on teens. One of the most negative influences on teens is the pressure to take unsafe risks.
The teen's decision to take unhealthy risks may be directly proportionate to their feelings of self-worth and positive self-esteem. Their desire to be accepted or affirmed by their peers can be so strong that they will override their inner voice to be careful. However, those that have a stronger relationship with their parents are often less likely to make unwise and unsafe decisions.
As teenagers start to develop new ways of thinking and new cognitive skills, they start to view the world differently - although not always accurately. They learn to see themselves as unique. One outcome of this self-absorbed view of the world is that they think they are so special, they are invulnerable to harm.
This sense of invincibility can be directly linked to gang membership, crime, drug use and other unhealthy decisions. When a parent recognizes that his/her son or daughter is in danger and it is beyond their ability to reason with this teen; professional counseling may be necessary.
A treatment center which relies on a program of wilderness therapy, individual and group counseling, and family restoration can help the child to recognize the inner dialogues which are causing them to make inappropriate and unsafe decisions for themselves.
They can be provided with an opportunity to truly explore what has contributed to them being the individual they have become; and to discover alternative safe and healthy ways of relating to their world and those with whom they share it.
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