The last reference is a phrase our parents used when we first started asserting our independence. Now that you are a parent, "risks" is a word you want your teenager to be very familiar with and understand; though not as a bad word, as a good word.
Empowered to make wise decisions
Helping children feel comfortable with risk will serve worthy to further themselves in life. Understanding consequences can be a remarkable tool for your teen. Sharing with him/ her and acknowledging potential risk allows your child to better plan and prepare for events. Your child will think realistically about his/ her actions and consider what consequences lay ahead. Your child will be empowered to make wise decisions.
On the other hand, severe risk can linger as the result of peer pressure when just having fun was the intention. A child who understands consequences is one who is wise beyond their years. More importantly, it will divert your child away from unhealthy choices in the midst of teen pressure or chaos.
Before your unsupervised teen heads out the door, remind them to be wise. Explain to your loved one "Be Wise" is code for : taking risks comes with a price, though its ok provided they understand and are ready to accept the consequences. Putting decisive choices into your teen's hands will surprise you. Your teen will recognize their decision, their consequences. Your child will accept accountability for his/ her actions.
Understanding risk helps weigh benefits
With careful and thoughtful exercise, risk should be encouraged. Risk is not for the feeble minded, though preparing and laying potential for bad results will aid your child in having foresight. Understanding risk will help in weighing benefits. This is the calculated risk you want your teen to consider when you are not around. This will lessen the emotional impact when anticipated results occur directly relating to your teen's actions. Chances are, costly or irreversible consequences are avoided. Most of all, your child wont be afraid of risk and the impending consequences with his/ her awareness.
So don't forget, Be Wise!
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© 2012 Bruce Buccio