Anyone who knows me knows that I preach the gospel of Dr. Jay Giedd and others who have documented the slow development of the tween and teen brain. Graduating high school sentiors are not, in fact, adults, at least in the fully-formed-brain sense. Neither are graduating college seniors. While lots of doctors know this, it's a pair of San Francisco lawyers who are doing something about it.
For parents who are looking for an upside to cell phone use among your kids, look no further.
Throughout the world, adolescent brains develop in the same stepwise manner. This leads to a peak in risk-taking in the late teen years, well before good old rational decision making predominates (usually not until the mid-20s). So why, then, do some countries see more thrill-seeking teenagers than others?
This trend hit my house a few months ago. Has it oozed into yours?
The saddest part of this article - for me, at least - is that it is absolutely NOT surprising. For years, I have heard these exact same sentiments from teens and tweens. This is an important read. Don't delude yourself that your child is immune.
We parents should follow these same 5 rules we give our kids...
During the tween and teen years, as kids' bodies morph, so too does their self esteem. We all know this. Clothing sizing plays a big role, and vanity sizing is not the solution.