17 Years Info

Teenage boys are not the only ones who are considered risk-takers.  Many girls also engage in risky behavior, or associate with those who do.  Motor vehicle crashes account for most of the deaths in the teen years.  Talk with your teen about driving while drunk or on drugs.  Reassure her that you will be available to pick her up if she is unable to make it home safely, no questions asked.  Of course, that doesn't mean there won't be discussions and consequences in the morning.  There should also be discussions and rules regarding the use of cell phones, texting, and mp3 players while driving.

Your teen may have or want to have a job.  Employment teaches lifelong lessons and skills, and helps your teen learn to be responsible with her own money.  Time spent working however, can cause your teen's grades to suffer, she may be more likely to skip school, and be less involved with school, religious, and civic organizations.

Pressure to get good grades is at its peak.  College is in the near future and she may be preparing to take college-readiness exams.   She's busy, probably busier than you, which means you may not see much of her.  Try to carve out some time to talk with her, and be involved in her activities.  Get to know her friends and the people she's dating, without making her feel like your invading her privacy.

Continue conversations regarding risky behavior including unprotected sex, driving drunk, smoking, and drug use.

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