Teens need meaning in their lives. They search for purpose, value, and fulfillment. Existing day-to-day and week-to-week isn't enough; they hunger for more than daily routines and obligations. When they find nothing to fill those voids, they're sometimes at risk for exploring treacherous ground with lost people.
As much as your teens would like to think that they are ready to set their own set of rules, they simply are not. They are inclined to take risks and often use bad judgment. So what are parents to do when teens announce by their actions or lack of actions that they are now marching to their own beat?