Does your teen love to take risks? Do you worry about their safety especially around drugs and alcohol, sexual activity etc.?
These are not the risks I'm encouraging – these are real dangers and your teen needs you to maintain strong healthy boundaries and parental guidance.
However, teens have a developmental need to take risks. Many animals have this hardwired into their brain development during the adolescent phase. Chicks need to jump out of the nest in order to learn how to fly. Your teen’s lower threshold for risk taking serves an evolutionary purpose.
If they don't get this need met in healthy ways, then they are more likely to take dangerous risks.
So how can risk taking be healthy, safe, and fulfilling?