Allowing teens to hang out without adult supervision

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I love how sometimes our teenagers frame questions to us. Here's your choices mom, allow me to this party where it's not monitored or I'm in a social abyss. So you choose, be flexible and allow me to have fun or ruin my life. It's nonsense choice. It would be like a kid saying let me go have a party in the minefield, Mom or otherwise I'm going to be ruined. If you took the brain of a teenager and you put it on a fully grown adult and did a full neurological evaluation of them, you would think that adult has brain damage. We know this brain damage people hang out together unmonitored. That's when all the risky stuff happens. That's when the sex happens, That's when the alcohol happens. That's when all the things they do that cause lifelong consequences sometimes - pregnancies, addiction, in the newspaper, in front of the judge. It all happens in these unmonitored situations. So, I throw a red flag on that even if they want to think of me as a parent Nazzi.

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David Palmiter, PhD, ABPP

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Dr. David Palmiter is a professor of Psychology and Counseling at Marywood University. He is a practicing and board-certified clinical psychologist, a past president of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association, the author of over three dozen publications, including two books on promoting resilience in youth, a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (true of < 6% of psychologists), the American Academy of Clinical Psychology and the Pennsylvania Psychological Association in youth. He has also given hundreds of workshops on family issues for organizations such as The Navy SEAL Foundation, The Master Therapist Series at the University of Connecticut, The American Psychological Association and the McGraw-Hill Financial Group and completed hundreds of media projects for outlets such as CNN, The New York Times, US News and World Report and the Wall Street Journal. David is also a dad of three (two studying at Cornell University and one still in high school) and husband of 27 years to Dr. Lia Richards-Palmiter. A central aspect of his professional mission is to put air under the wings of parents as they try to raise happy and resilient children and teens.

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