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Acting First, Thinking Later: Tips for Raising an Impulsive Teen

First, the bad news: impulsive teen behavior often isn’t simply explained by poor choices. As a matter of fact, the true reason is the biology of the teenage brain. Teens are more prone to addiction and impulsivity than adults – and that is a perfectly natural part of growing up. Unfortunately, this also means, that teens need more guidance and supervision. While this is hardly news for most parents, it is an important factor to note: parents can sometimes be blindsided by poor decisions their children make. The truth is that impulsive teen behavior can strike at any time. In some situations, an impulsive teen can be impulsive consistently; in other situations, an impulsive teen might keep their impulsiveness hidden.impulsive teen

However, there is good news for parents. Although raising an impulsive teen can, at times, be difficult, there are several tips to keep in mind. While these tips are, by no means, a catch-all solution, they may help catch any serious problems before they have a chance to happen. In a similar vein, impulsive behavior may also be a symptom of an underlying mental illness. If you notice any uncharacteristic changes in your child’s appearance, friend groups, routines (such as eating, sleeping, and exercise habits), school performance, or moods, it may point to a deeper problem. If you suspect a mental illness, it is crucial to act early – the earlier a disorder is caught, the less damage it has a chance to do.

Talking to an Impulsive Teen

Parents are often busy after a long day. As a result, when a teen comes home from school and gives one-word answers, the parent doesn’t have the energy to push for a deeper conversation. Talking to your teen, however, is vital. If a teen feels safe around the parent, they are far more likely to discuss their problems (and allow the parent to offer suggestions as to avoid risky behaviors). Moreover, it can help to find activities that both you and your child can enjoy; letting your child have a say in making the plans can help them feel more confident in themselves. Discussing boundaries and consequences with your child can also help them learn accountability. In the end, all children make mistakes. However, helping your child avoid the worst of them – such as substance experimentation – will go a long way to helping them stay on a healthy path.

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