Last week, a 15-year-old high school student drowned when he tried to make good on a dare to swim across the Patuxent River in Maryland. Strong currents swept him downstream and his friends were unable to pull him from the water in time. His death has re-ignited the conversation and concerns about teenagers engaging in risky behavior.
“Knowing what’s going on inside the teenage mind can help parents better understand where their children are coming from and why they make such seemingly stupid decision sometimes, [Dr. Lou] Aymard said…
Such lessons can help parents prevent their teens from taking dares and risks. Another way to help is to keep the channels of communication open so that when trouble is brewing, teens trust their parents enough to talk about it.” [Source: The Capital]
Karin Anstendig-Mosk is a psychologist who works with teenagers. She suggests that parents who are concerned about their teens’ thrill-seeking try to channel that energy into something else, like extreme sports. While there’s still a risk involved, it’s more manageable, and someone is more likely to be around if the teen gets hurt.