No matter what the age of your adolescent, as you reflect back upon the year, there are high points and low points in your parenting. It is like you need a whole new playbook as you encounter hormone swings and changing brain function.
Although your adolescent is pushing for freedom, especially if they are a young teen, a loss of boundaries is going to make him or her feel insecure. Certainly, the boundaries must begin to change because they are not children anymore, but they still need them.
It’s important that our sons and daughters have an opportunity to learn about the other half of the story about the reproductive system.
It seems to most parents and adolescents that puberty is mostly about changes in the reproductive structures. That is true, but it is actually the brain that is orchestrating the maturing process. [Read more…]
Although there are many similarities for girls and boys as they move through puberty, there is one obvious difference that happens as they experience growth spurts. During the early teen days of puberty, boys seem to still be so young and short, while many of the girls have already started their period and grown to their full height. [Read more…]