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, the President of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association (2012-2013), a practicing and board-certified clinical psychologist with over 20 years experience, a Public Education Coordinator for the American Psychological Association, author of an award winning parenting book (times three), dad (of 3.0 children; 3.5 if you count the neurotic dog) and husband (of over 22 years to Dr. Lia Richards-Palmiter, who says she has 4.0 children as she counts David). Dr. Palmiter has over three dozen professional publications to his credit, has given over 200 continuing education workshops around the country and has completed over 300 public education projects, including for outlets such as the LA Times, US News and World Report, USA Today, Wall St. Journal and O Magazine. A central aspect of his professional mission is to put air under the wings of parents as they try to raise happy and self-actualized children. 

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