UNDERSTANDING the TEEN
Raising teens can be challenging. Sometimes you might wonder why they do things or make decisions that don’t make sense.
It’s because the rational part of the teen brain is still maturing. In fact, their brains aren’t fully developed until age 25. Teens think with the emotional part of their brains and often act impulsively, even when they are smart and doing well in school.
The front part of the brain, called the prefrontal cortex, is one of the last brain regions to mature.
This area is responsible for skills like planning and controlling impulses. Because these skills are still developing, teens are more likely to engage in risky behaviors without considering the potential results of their decisions. Although adolescence is a vulnerable time for the brain and for teenagers in general, most teens go on to become healthy adults.
As nerve-racking as it is for parents of teens to deal with their unpredictable behavior, it should be comforting to know that so much of what’s happening with your teenager is normal and a necessary part of their development as they move into adulthood.
KNOW THE FACTS
Alcohol and drugs are substances that have the potential to cause significant harm to individuals and society as a whole.
Understanding the facts about the harm that can result from alcohol and drug use is essential to make informed decisions and reduce the risks of negative consequences. Substance use can lead to physical and mental health problems, addiction, impaired judgment, accidents, and injuries. It can also have negative impacts on relationships, work, and overall quality of life. By learning about the risks and effects of alcohol and drug use, individuals can make informed decisions and take steps to protect themselves and others from harm.