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Who’s this teenager in my house?
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June 24, 2013 12:01 a.m.

Raising children through their adolescent years can be a struggle for the parents, as well as for their teen. Teens truly believe that they are fully mature and can handle any responsibility. They hone their negotiation skills and debate their point until victory is achieved. Some teens do exhibit good, common sense, and associate themselves with levelheaded friends who also use good judgement. Most, however, have an unrealistic sense of infallibility. They are impulsive and inconsiderate, believe they are indestructible and often get involved with risky behavior. They believe that they can never get hurt or caught, yet often find find themselves in dangerous situations. This thinking comes from the amygdala, which guides us to fight, flight or freeze. Their frontal cortex lobe, which is still developing, guides us to reason rather than react. So, when your teen begs you for opportunities which are unreasonable, just remember, hes talking like a toddler, straight from his amygdala. Read the entire article “Who is this young adult in my home”?

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