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This publication helps adults understand how teens make decisions and how to teach teens to make good decisions.

Today's youth are faced with many tough choices about behaviors, values and goals. Some choices have long-term consequences, and we all hope our youth will make wise decisions, especially when the future is at stake.

Adults can help prepare youth to make good, healthy choices. Open communication is vital to healthy parent- child relationships. The following tips may help you communicate with your adolescent about decision-making. A good starting point is to think about your own teenage years.