Thursday, January 04, 2007

It May be in his Head

The areas of a teen’s brain that regulate self-control are not fully developed. That’s why they often seem so impetuous. Again, teens need your help to understand the limits of acceptable behavior and the consequences of going too far.

· The areas of their brains that influence organization are also still developing. Therefore, they may need your help to develop organizational strategies. For ideas, talk to the school’s guidance staff or link to

· Emotions have a strong impact on brain development. Teens need to feel safe in order to grow mentally strong. In fact, brain research shows there is a chemical released that blocks learning when students feel threatened. Parents can help by maintaining a positive home environment, as free as possible from strife. Keep the lines of communication open. Talk with your teens about what bothers them. Realize that your efforts to work through disagreements and find common ground can make a difference in how well they learn.

Sharpening the brain is an ongoing process. One of the best ways to help your teen develop the lifestyle of a learner is to be a good role model: Make sure your son or daughter sees you doing what you love and what keeps you sharp

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