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 seniors 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.
Are Teenagers Replacing Drugs With Smartphones?
Amid an opioid epidemic, the rise of deadly synthetic drugs and the widening legalization of marijuana, a curious bright spot has emerged in the youth drug culture: American teenagers are growing less likely to try or regularly use drugs, including alcohol. With minor fits and starts, the trend has been building for a decade, with no clear understanding as to why. Read More
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?
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.
Sex Before Kissing: How 15-Year-Old Girls Are Dealing With Porn-Addicted Boys
“[I want] better education regarding sex for both boys and girls. Read More
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.
When Sizes Aren’t Standard, What Do They Mean?
You might be surprised to learn your standard sewing pattern size. In stores, I’m anywhere from a size 4 to an 8. Read More
I find this article fascinating. And somewhat of a relief, actually.
Rules for Social Media, Created by Kids
The challenge of growing up in the digital age is perfectly epitomized by the bikini rule.
“You can post a bikini or bathing suit picture only if you are with your siblings or...Read More
But now movement towards a solution: setting age limits for tanning salon customers.
At long last!