Ages 15-18: Behavior and Discipline

Older teens often strive to find a sense of personal identity, and may find expression in many different ways. Don’t be surprised if their behavior changes radically—this is fairly common, and helps teens to really figure out who they are.

Finding out that your child is engaging in high-risk behaviors, such as smoking or underage alcohol use, can be very difficult—and helping him or her get back on the right track can be even more taxing. That’s why has collected expert-approved, research-based advice on how to assess and prevent these behaviors, as well as tips on how to help your child out of bad situations. This information will help you make good decisions and take action with confidence, knowing that you’re addressing the situation in a positive, effective way.