The teen years can cause a great deal of worry and stress, especially for parents of teens. Most teens think bad things only happen to other people and are notorious for engaging in risky, thrill seeking behaviors. For these reasons, Michigan State University Extension’s Building Strong Adolescents program recommends establishing family boundaries to ensure the healthy development of teens. Keeping a teen safe and helping them gain independence can seem overwhelming to a parent. In a handbook called Navigating the Teen Years, from the National Youth Anti-Drug Campaign, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends some simple principles to help parents raising teens.
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