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Yes, you read that right. I want you to encourage your teens to take risks…well to a certain extent. I know it is not traditional advice for me to tell you to encourage your kids to go Skydiving, but when have I ever gave typical advice on my blog? Follow me here:
Many studies have shown that the reasoning part of teen’s brains are not fully developed. Young people love to take risks, do things that make their adrenaline pump and give them a little fright.
Knowing this, why can’t we encourage young people to get the risk-taking out of their system by pushing them to take positive risks?
Here are some ideas I have for positive risks you can encourage for your teen:
1) Skateboarding or Surfing
2) Skiing and Snowboarding
3) River Rafting
4) Rock Climbing
5) Paragliding, Hang-gliding, Skydiving or Parasailing
Ok, you freaked on this one right? I know that Skydiving does not feel like a great after-school activity. But, I list it here because wouldn’t you rather your kid try Skydiving instead of trying some new street drug? Ok, maybe that is a stretch, but you know what I mean. If you have a kid who is on the verge, maybe try encouraging them to take some other extreme sports risks.
6) High School Sports
Regular contact sports I also think can be very good outlets.
7) Change the Law
If they are passionate about anything political encourage them to take a risk by walking into the mayor’s office and asking for change, writing letters or starting a campaign or group. Stepping out and deciding to change something can make teens feel passionate, brave and risky.
8) Enter a Competition
Sometimes telling a secret can be a big risk. Or putting your creative juices out there can also take a lot of guts. Encourage them to send their poetry into a magazine, submit their short story to a creative writing contest or competition.
9) Run for Student Council
Running in an election can take a lot of bravery and is a big social risk. Parents want their kids to stay away from taking risks from their health, their safety or anything that might have permanent effects. This kind of social risk is great because it produces adrenaline, but even if it ends badly they can still recover.
10) Ride Rollercoasters
Really anything that will get their adrenaline pumping can get the risk-taking need out of their system. It might seem small, but encouraging your kids to go to the local fair or theme park can actually make them feel quite adventurous.
Taking risks is not only good for your kids to get it out of their system, but also because you grow and mature by taking some educated risks.
This post is dedicated to my Lee Tomlinson, who many years ago inspired me ago to take a risk with my business and my humor.
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