This article, “6 Ways to Inspire the Teen Brain,” is pretty short, but it gives lots of information. I knew that the teenage brain went through many changed, but I didn’t know that it undergoes more changes during the teen years than any other time other than the first couple of months of life. No wonder teens can be all over the place. It also describes the effects of changes to the frontal lobe which is responsible for reasoning, planning, judgement, higher-level thinking skills, etc. No wonder teens often make questionable decisions.
Here are the 6 ideas provided in the article.
- “Teach your teen to conceive many unique interpretations of movies, books, political discussions, unsettling school or peer issues, or works of art.”
- “Encourage your youth to be a problem finder and solution setter for issues that arise daily and discuss how academic content supports this expertise.”
- “Ask your teenager to give you a “message” from a book or movie or hurtful experience rather than a long-winded retell without reflection.”
- “Have your adolescent interpret the lyrics of their favorite song from positive and negative perspectives and do the same for your song with them.”
- “Watch their favorite TV show with them and share different take-home messages for the different characters.”
- “Push for a multitude of answers to a question or problem versus seeking the “right” answer.”
Just something to keep in mind…