Encourage a well balanced diet and adequate rest. Continue to be consistent with rules regarding homework, screen time, outside activities, and chores. Have conversations about risk taking behaviors, driving, alcohol, drug use, eating habits, curfew, communications about where they are and who they are with, and family rules and expectations. Make certain that they have an adult they can confide in if they are unable to communicate with you.

From Fourteen to Eighteen developmental issues may include:

  • Ovulation (females), Growth Spurts (particularly for males)
  • Competence in abstract and future thought
  • Beginning emotional independence
  • Experimentation with health risk behaviors
  • Possible conflict as they assess your family values versus those of culture and peers