When your son or daughter enters middle school, they look and act very much like a child. When they leave middle school, their features have matured and they have a very different attitude toward you and life in general. Very few parents are ready for this rapid change in their child. [Read more…]
Some days when you look at your adolescent, you must be thinking, “Who is this child?” They change so much during these years, but the changes that you see are only a small reflection of the powerful events that are going on inside their head. Changes in relationships are one way their brain development affects their life. [Read more…]
Have you ever stood back in awe as your adolescent emotionally melts down? You watch your child in wonder as they proceed to completely lose it over a seemingly insignificant issue.
What is happening here?
If you ask them why they are so upset, they probably cannot tell you. They’re as surprised as you are by their outburst.
Do they really feel as emotional on the inside as they are demonstrating on the outside? The answer is yes. [Read more…]
The brain is totally fascinating to me. It is not a rigid organ that cannot change.
It is dynamic. In our teenagers, the brain is developing and changing rapidly. The article, Your Brain and Happiness: How to Make ‘Happy’ Happen by Debbie Hampton for HeySigmund.com, explains how four different brain chemicals can help change our brain chemistry and create our mood. [Read more…]