This is a great article which gives some valuable insight into how the teenage brain develops. Fascinating to learn that the areas of the brain dealing with complex thought and decision making are changing the most.
The lesson for me is that we need to limit or moderate the mental and emotional stresses during this time, which isn’t made easier by the demands of our current education system.
So what can we do as parents? I think the answer is straightforward, but the actions needed not so.
In my work with teens I find the greatest benefits come from ensuring they make time for activities that make them happy – it can’t all be about late night study sessions, bad diets and no exercise. Other scientific studies confirm that a ‘happy’ brain is more intelligent than a stressed brain, so it makes sense to factor in fun activities during hectic periods of study.
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