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Parenting the Teenage Brain: Understanding a Work in Progress

3.62 of 5 stars 3.62  ·  rating details  ·  16 ratings  ·  2 reviews
Teenagers are perplexing, intriguing, and spirited creatures. In an attempt to discover the secrets to their thoughts and actions, parents have tried talking, cajoling, and begging them for answers. The result has usually been just more confusion. But new and exciting light is being shed on these mysterious young adults. What was once thought to be hormones run amuck can n ...more
Hardcover, 152 pages
Published June 7th 2007 by Rowman & Littlefield Education
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This was extremely enlightening

p. 4-5
There is a 2nd opportunity to build smarter, more efficient brains (the first was in preschool years)

They'll become experts at whatever they spend their time doing.

p. 9-10
Different "windows of opportunity" throughout life for different things. For teens, the windows are : impulse control, developing relationships, communication skills, and addiction.

p. 11 Teens want to make choices and argue with adults but they do not want complete freedom.

p. 13 Conversation
R. C.
Because of the lack of biology, it's a pretty light book. It didn't provide insight into how a teen ticks, the hope for which caused me to pick it up. That said, the parenting advice is mostly top notch, advocating communication as the primary discipline method and an authoritative, but not authoritarian, style.

I expected this book to be more descriptive. Instead it was entirely prescriptive. The inclusion of neuroscience almost seemed like an afterthought. A section of three pages on managing
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