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With the school year in full swing, you teen is making constant decisions in and outside of the classroom. So why then, do some of these decisions seem to be more difficult to make than others? This post from the Parenthetical archives, originally posted in May 2013, may help explain why.
Recent advances in our understanding of the adolescent brain have helped to clarify how teenagers actually think. This research also confirms what parents of tweens and teens have long observed. Smart teens still make stupid decisions.
How is it that a young adolescent who has a socratic ability to reason with his teachers, possesses the skills and knowledge to reconfigure your entire computer system, and the capacity to formulate a courtroom-worthy argument for a later bedtime still manages to get a detention for repeatedly being tardy to class? And how is it that your daughter will respond to every nuance of a conversation with her friends, but can’t seem to understand a simple request to call you when she arrives at her friend’s house?
The answer is …. […]
Adolescence is often talked about in terms of transition and change. It is […]