Q. My daughter
is 12. She is always pushing the limits of her physical capabilities.
She tries to compete with the older kids in the neighborhood
and seems to always want to be the first of her peers to try
something - usually dangerous. Last week she took her skateboard
over a set of double ramps! I don't want to dampen her enthusiasm
but I'm worried about what new, dangerous activity will be
A. It sounds
like you might be raising a "sensation seeker".
This is a personality trait associated with the need for lots
of stimulation, lots of novelty, a tendency to shift from
one thing to another, and the tendency to become bored easily.
Sensation seekers make up about half of the teen population.
This is not a bad
thing, but it does put your child at higher risk for experimentation
with alcohol, drugs and sex. So, make sure she is very aware
of your no drugs policy. Also, be especially vigilant when
it comes to monitoring your child. Steer your sensation seeker
into activities that allow her to take healthy risks like
rock climbing, karate or white-water rafting and encourage
her artistic and creative side as well. And do enjoy her!
She may well introduce you to great experiences you'd never
have tried on your own.
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