That Teenage Brain
These are my cute boys!
Ages 24-15 Yrs Old.
Want to know something interesting?
Not one of them has a fully developed brain yet.
Our brains are not fully developed till the age of 25.
It is so easy to see how much their bodies change throughout their teenage years and into adulthood.
So why don't we ever talk about how much their brain is growing at that time also.
It's exhausting for them.
Just like their bodies get tired easier their brain gets tired easier too..
We tend to forget this when we are talking with them.
They blurt out things without thinking.
It takes a lot of energy to think things through.
They don't have the mental strength some days.
They are also rewriting their frontal cortex.
You know the part that helps us make good decisions and understanding consequences.
They just can't make decisions or understand the consequences at times.
Now this doesn't give them an excuse to behave badly.
Just maybe as parents we can be a little bit more understanding and patient with them and let them recognize when they are making a mistake and then let them try again.
It's all part of the learning process of becoming an adult.
Of course they are acting this way, they have a teenage brain still.
So maybe the next time your teenager blurts something out or makes a bad decision, talk to them about it and see if they can readjust and try again.
Is your teen struggling right now?
I don't know any who are not.
I have talked to so many parents this week whose teens can't even get out the door to school.
Stop letting them suffer.
I feel for you and your teen.
I have been there as a parent and I know how to help your teen learn to navigate all these negative emotions they are experiencing.
Let me help now.
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