Teens can be emotional and unreasonable, sometimes even crying for no apparent reason. They can do strange, or even stupid things at times, which showcase a strong need for greater freedom, caring, attention. You might find this to be a common point between teenagers and toddlers. As confusing as they may be, there is a simple explanation for a teen’s acting out. During puberty, the most rapid brain development occurs. This change muddles the teen’s cognition, leading them to act out, and display immature behavior they are to shed upon becoming adults.
To help in raising teenagers, here are several points to consider to understand them better.
A Significant Time Of Development
Broadly defined as a period between the ages of 11 and 19, puberty is a valuable time of development, and not only in terms of physical growth.
Brain development continues throughout adulthood, and many of these significant changes start during puberty. Just as an adolescent can go through a sudden growth spurt, new cognitive and competency skills may arrive in strides and stutters. Parents must realize that no matter how tall or mature their child may look, these children are still in a growing phase.
Scientists used to believe that only babies have an endless supply of brain development, which in the first three years of their lives are the most productive. Adolescent experiences from reading horror books, to managing online social networks, and even learning how to drive shape this little grey matter, often adopting a “use it or lose it” functionality.
Different Thinking Ability
“Because of the rise in brain tissue, the adolescent brain becomes more integrated and increases processing power.” Teenagers continue to have the analytical and choice-making ability of an adult, if they have time and access to knowledge, she said.
But in the critical moment, their decision-making can be unduly influenced by fear, so their brains depend more on the limbic system (the brain’s emotional seat) than on the more logical prefrontal cortex, Feinstein clarified.
“The duality of teenage maturity can be very frustrating for parents,” sometimes teenagers do something like hitting a wall or driving too fast because, if told, they know better.
Parents Are Still Relevant To Brain’s Development
“A poll of teens showed that 84 percent felt high about their mothers and 89 percent thought strongly about their fathers”. And also, more than three-quarters of teens enjoy spending time with their parents; 79% enjoy hanging out with their mum, for 76% enjoy relaxing with their brother. “One of the challenges of puberty is to break from the family and develop certain individuality,” but that doesn’t mean that an adolescent no longer needs parents even if they claim otherwise.
They need some stability to look to their parents to provide the framework. “The parent who wants to handle a 16-or 17-year-old as an adult is acting up and setting them up for disappointment.”
Peer Happiness For Brain Development
Critical thinking allows you to look at yourself from another’s perspective. Teenagers can use this new ability to dwell on what others think about it. “Peer support is highly rewarding for adolescent brains,” which may be why teenagers are likely to take risks when other teens are around.
Friends also provide teenagers with opportunities to learn techniques such as negotiation, consensus, and community preparation. “They’re practicing adult social skills in a safe environment, and they’re not good at first.” But even if they’re hanging around with their peers, teenagers are hard at work to learn essential life skills.
Parents should listen to the body movement of their teens to understand them better and to know when they are in critical situations as it can affect their brain development.