In teen’s brains, the connections between the emotional part of the brain and the decision-making center are still developing—and not always at the same rate.
May 23, 2023
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Many people aren’t well aware of the term TEENAGER when it comes to defining age. Well, teenagers are teen years in anyone’s life, i.e., from 13 to 18/19. They are well known for being rude, impulsive, and aggressive. It doesn’t matter how smart teens are or how well they scored on the SAT, ACT, GMAT, NEET, CLAT, JEE, or any other exam. Good judgment isn’t something they can excel in, at least not yet. Remember, every teenager is different.
In fact, recent research has found that adult and teen brains work differently. Adults think with the prefrontal cortex, the brain’s rational part. This is the part of the brain that responds to situations with good judgment and an awareness of long-term consequences. Teens process information with the amygdala. This is the emotional part. This part enables a person to think emotionally rather than being practical. This doesn’t mean that they don’t know what is good or what’s bad.
In teen’s brains, the connections between the emotional part of the brain and the decision-making center are still developing—and not always at the same rate. That’s why when teens have overwhelming emotional input, they can’t explain later what they were thinking. They weren’t thinking as much as they were feeling;
2. Have a background check on their friends
Parents must have a record of the friends of their children. This is to ensure that they don’t get the wrong company which destroys them.
1. Listen to them
It is important for the parents to listen to their child’s problem. They must be well updated with the things going on in their lives. Carefully listen to their problems and help them to get out of the situation with calmness. When your child musters up the courage to share an integral part of his/her life, listen to them. Don’t back off at the times when they need you the most. Most importantly, don’t blame them for any situation..
3. Let them take few risks.
New and different experiences help your child develop an independent identity, explore grown-up behavior, and move towards independence.
4. Provide boundaries.
Provide boundaries and opportunities for negotiating those boundaries. Young people need guidance and limit-setting from their parents and other adults.
5. Praise them frequently.
When children receive appreciation for their hard work, they feel like someone who matters to their parents. So what if your child doesn’t score an A in his/her test? Have a track of their previous performances and praise them for improvement.
7. Try to match your language level to the level of your child’s understanding.
For important information, you can check your child has understood by asking your child to tell you in their own words what they’ve just heard.
8. Help your child develop decision-making and problem-solving skills.
You and your child could work through a process that involves defining problems, listing options, and considering outcomes that everyone is happy with. Role-modeling these skills are important too.
9. Get them to counselors.
Parents don’t need to be their child’s counselor or psychiatrist. If the communication between you and your child is ineffective, don’t feel shy to take them to a psychiatrist. Maybe your child is afraid to tell or inform you about something happening with them. A counselor enables effective communication between you and your child.
Parents tend to jump in with advice to try to fix their children’s problems or place blame. But this can make teens less likely to be open with their parents in the future. You want to make it emotionally safe and easy for them to come to you, so you can be part of their lives. Your teen needs your guidance, even though they may think they don’t. Understanding their development can help you support them in becoming independent, responsible adults.