“Adolescents are not monsters. They are just people trying to learn how to make it among the adults in the world, who are probably not so sure themselves.”
My son is twelve years old. And I fear he’s already showing signs of teenhood. I know that sounds bad, but I still love my little one. It’s just the challenge of physical, emotional, and mental changes that occur during these years is scary and intimating. With this in mind, I’m reading a book called Conversations with the Wise Uncle, by Dennis E. Coates, Ph.D. (http://strongforparentingblog.com/), to prepare for the ups and downs of teenhood. I am very grateful for finding this book. It is an easy to read book loaded with useful, practical information for raising a teenage son into a healthy adult. He has another similar book called Conversations with the Wise Aunt. I plan to read the second book next. I have two nieces in elementary school, and I want to be ready for their teenhood. Below is a graphic I found on the development of the teen brain. Although the graphic is based on a book by another psychologist, I think it’s a good illustration of the teen brain development Dr. Coates emphasizes in his book. According to Coates, the pre-frontal area of the brain is initially immature and is under extreme growth and development during the teen years and will continue to develop and mature up into the early twenties. What the teen is exposed to (physically, mentally, and emotionally) has a great impact on his or her success as an adult. Coates’s books provide several chapters on how you can help your teenager prepare for teenhood and develop a healthy brain and life through awareness of the changes and challenges involved in the teen years, good habits, wise choices, listening, and critical thinking.
Part of my personal effort, no matter how small or simple, to post more on psychology and/or mental health; and to raise awareness of the mind and decrease stigma of disorders and illnesses related to the mind. Additional posts in this series can be found by clicking on the badge below.