Raising a Risk Taker

October 14, 2014 6:08 PM

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Raising a Risk Taker

When we hear the phrase "risk taking," we often think of harm or danger. However, the act of growing, developing, and discovering yourself necessarily involves risk. Risk taking is how we learn about ourselves, our capabilities, and our environment. Add to this the evidence that risk-taking children tend to make better decisions as teenagers and adults and it's probably time we do away with the negative connotation of the phrase.

Risk Taking Is Part of Development Recent studies have outlined how teenagers in particular are attracted to uncertainty and unknown risks -- or at least risks which are unknown to them. The brain during this time is geared more towards discovery and the teenagers are far more likely to engage in ac...

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