The brain matures from the back to the front leaving the areas for memory, planning and impulsivity to mature at the very end. This is why kids 15-19 are 6 times more likely to die than younger kids. And, of course, this is when they're learning to drive and getting experience on the road and getting stopped by the cops.
In adolescence, the connections between the different parts of the brain increase dramatically giving them serious intellectual power. Enormous hormonal changes and shifts in social demands cause massive stress.
Brain-based changes in sleep regulation cause them to stay up late and be sleep-deprived, putting them at risk for delinquent behavior. Adolescence can be such a volatile time that it’s tough to determine if their behavior is normal or abnormal.
Understand their challenges, control your reactions and teach them what they need to know. There's more to know!
Remember, you are helping them to give birth to the adult within them. Not always a smooth process, but you can do it. Claudia
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