Recent research on the human brain provides parents with shaky new evidence to explain teens sometimes irrational, logical and impulsive behavior. Researchers of the brain now read the brain of the living teenager to observe and examine why these strange and disturbing creatures bring impulsive and egocentric decisions that may sometimes lead to risky behaviors.
As it turns out, brain development in teenagers is radically more active and dynamic than previously thought. In those years, the part of the brain that requires man to make responsible decisions, understand the consequences and problem-solving process, is difficult to build up and works in a long time. Although the brain is almost physically mature, the gray matter (frontal frontal cortex) in the thinking mind of the brain is still . So teenagers are left with the most information to process their brains in the emotional part (limbic system).
Information processed in the limbic system, in the pre-cortex without the benefit of a higher level of processing, may result in impulsive, egocentric, or possibly risky behaviors. Due to the ongoing structure of the thinking mind, many times the teenager can not fully process the information needed to make responsible decisions. This brain challenge can be combined with a teen's temperament, maturity level, stage of development, and environmental impacts, and this becomes more understandable because parents can be exhausted and frustrating this time.
Recognizing that the great construct takes place in the frontal cortex of a talented brain, it is not an excuse for inappropriate or irresponsible behavior of the teenager. But understanding the teenage brain is crucial to determining how to interact with it. For teenagers, this time in their life can lead to a creative and emotional roller coaster, a lot of excitement and chill (and perhaps a few spills), but parents can only be nervous and fearsome. Healthy communication and effective discipline your teenager needs to help navigate in this important time, especially because the brain is still not necessarily ready or able to face any unavoidable challenge without support.
Every interaction with a teenager affects the brain's development and helps teen relationships in the front front cortex. At a difficult time of construction, the teenage brain needs concentrated and deliberate support and teaching to help shape and consolidate these hopefully healthy relationships. Parents can be useful in understanding that they are doing a lot of work while the teenager's brain is still under construction and has a decent perspective and effort, a teenager can learn to be less impulsive and self-centered and make decisions better and more responsible.
As parents decide how to communicate more effectively with developing teenagers, it is important to consider who the child is and what kind of parenting styles the child has. Most people are the result of an even dose of nature and nutrition, and understanding who the child and what environment influenced this child can help parents better formulate techniques when challenging teenagers face challenging situations.
The nature of teenagers is a complex and fascinating combination of temperament, stage of development, personality, maturity and social relationships. In addition, parents should consider the teen's emotional health (self-esteem) and relational health (to what extent we influence our teenage relationships).
Then there are parental styles. A healthy and effective parental role (which can be regarded as credible) can help the positive development of a teenager's brain. Healthy communication tools, such as active listening, reframing, timing of teaching moments, I messages, and so on. And effective disciplinary tools such as setting up healthy limits, consequences, sorting and selecting strikers, little regulation, and so on. the frontal frontal cortex creates solid links for responsible behavior.
Learn how to understand who a teenager is, how brain development and processing are processed, and how to use new and easy-to-learn healthy parenting tools: ResponsibleKids.net
© 2008 Marty Wolner, BA, CPE , ICF, PACA