Parenting - Teens | 13-18 yrs

The Tricky Teen Brain

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If you are parenting a reckless and rebellious teenager, you need to know this - there is a reason behind her actions. That is, there are scientific explanations for her erratic behaviours that might include many attributes from risk-taking to lacking concentration.

An article in The Times of India says, “This is because after infancy the brain's most dramatic growth spurt occurs in adolescence, which most parents don't seem to know. So, when a teen may go through an awkward growth spurt, new cognitive skills and competencies may come in leaps and stutters.. Parents must remember their teenager is dealing with a huge amount of social, emotional and cognitive flux and have underdeveloped abilities to cope with them.”

Also, your teen might not be as passive and lethargic as she appears. While going through this development process, teenagers start requiring more sleep and rest. Per the same article, “Teenagers need nine to 10 hours of sleep a night. Part of the problem why most fall short is because of a shift in circadian rhythms during adolescence: It makes sense to teen bodies to get up later and stay up later. However, due to early class schedules, many teens rack up sleep debt and become increasingly cognitively impaired across the week. Sleep-deprivation only increases moodiness.”

To understand more about the conundrum of your teen’s brain, and how to parent her better during her transition and development, flip through the pages of this ClipBook.

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