That was then.

This is now.


Teens are famous for doing wild and crazy things without thinking about the consequences. I shudder when I remember some my own antics as a teenager. Of course one of the reasons for this behavior is that they’re experimenting and exploring their independence at a time when the decision-making part of their brain is “under construction.” They’re also particularly vulnerable to peer pressure. A friend may suggest a joy ride, shoplifting, drugs, sex or some other ill-advised behavior. Faced with the disapproval of a friend, it can be very hard to say no.

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One of the first casualties of adolescence is the friction that can arise when a teen begins to assert independence while reacting emotionally to attempts to control the teen’s behavior. This video was produced to make some important points about forming and growing relationships, so it also applies to parent-teen relationships.