Parentâ€™s Guide to the Teen Brain site is part of the Partnership for
Drug-Free Americaâ€™s new online offerings for parents hoping to answer
the question â€œwho is this kid?â€ as they watch their teenager slam doors,
play video games and talk on the phone for hours or offer one-word
answers to questions. Through video, quizzes and role-playing, A
Parentâ€™s Guide to the Teen Brain helps parents navigate teendom by
demystifying teen personalities and behaviors and offering tips and
advice on staying connected with kids.
The site teaches
parents that the human brain takes 25 years to fully develop, and
thereâ€™s a huge burst of development during the early teen years. The
areas of the brain responsible for physical coordination, emotion and
motivation mature sooner than the rest of the brain during the teen
years, which is why teens like to skateboard and play video games, and
itâ€™s also why they yell, slam doors, give into impulses and take risks.
easy to understand how teens get in trouble, especially with drugs and
alcohol, because the part of the brain that helps us make complex
decisions doesnâ€™t catch up with the rest of the brain until age 25.
Parents need to remember that the teen years are not the time to expect
good decisions from teens, so they need to step in and serve as the
judgment center for their kidâ€™s brain. Drugs and alcohol are especially
dangerous while the brain is developing, so itâ€™s even more important for
parents to put aside their frustrations and step in. The real reason
parents donâ€™t want their kids using drugs is because they love them. Most
teens say their parents are their heroes. We understand it doesnâ€™t
always feel that way for parents, but thatâ€™s why the Partnership is
hereâ€”to champion parents and help them be heroes to their kids.
The teen brain site, was developed by the Partnership with the Treatment Research Institute and WGBH. Visit it at www.drugfree.org/teenbrain.
Information from Dianne Harnad at DMHAS forwarded by Connecticut Clearinghouse on 6/25/2008. (Source: The Partnership for a Drug-Free America)