Brain Growth

Supporting Adolescents in a Rapidly Changing World

By |October 2nd, 2017|

The world has changed a lot since most of us were teens and […]

Parent Policing: Helping your Teen Stay Safe Online

By |May 15th, 2017|

Whether it’s a computer, smartphone, tablet or even an iPod, teens today have […]

Straight from the Teacher’s Mouth: How to support your kid’s learning

By |May 1st, 2017|

As many students prepare to finish the school year, it is an important time […]

Is my kid ready for a Smartphone under the tree?

By |December 19th, 2016|

As our children kick into “wish list” overdrive this holiday season, it isn’t […]

After the election: Suggestions for discussing election results and modeling good citizenship

By |November 14th, 2016|

Last week the United States elected a new president. After a long, often […]

Why Smart Kids Do Dumb Things

By |November 2nd, 2015|

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 …. […]

Cyberbullying: How to Respond

By |September 28th, 2015|

Much of the information for this week’s post comes from a webinar presentation […]

Cyberbully: How to Prevent It

By |September 21st, 2015|

Much of the information for this week’s post comes from a webinar presentation […]

Happy Labor Day!

By |September 7th, 2015|

While parents are not officially recognized for the economic and social value of […]

Youth Spotlight: Meet Matt, Parenthetical’s Photographer

By |August 10th, 2015|

Adolescence is often talked about in terms of transition and change. It is […]