The years between 10 to 19 years of age, are loosely considered adolescence. It is a critical time for human development, and is best-known as a period of massive changes – physically, emotionally and neurologically. Yet, adolescent behaviour can be a mystery to many – their parents included!
They have a strong desire for increased independence, a frantic need for peer approval and connection, and a tendency towards impulsive, risk-taking behaviour. They can be dramatic and selfish, but they also have wonderfully insightful and compassionate moments. More than anything, they have a deep, deep need for continuing tender care from the adults in their world.
The explosion of new brain imaging technologies and bucket loads of research have taught us more about the brain in the past handful of years than in the previous 500 years. A few years ago we thought that the odd and unpredictable behaviour of our adolescents was all about the, "Hormones!" Little did we understand the true depth of neurobiology, and its impact on our adolescents!
We now know the adolescent brain is very much a work in progress – and, that it is really different to yours, and to how it once was when they were a child. Just as an adolescent goes through awkward physical growth spurts, their brain development also progresses with awkward leaps and stutters.
So, what is a parent to do?
Firstly, understand what's really happening your teenage son or daughter. Mark will also present some fast and helpful ideas for you to work with.
Oh, yes! This may be a challenging age group, but they're so brilliantly rewarding to parent and teach!
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