Remember it’s a period of challenge for young adults as they frequently question parent authority. They can go to great lengths to remind you that you aren’t the font of all wisdom as they once thought.

The Top 6 Ways to Communicate With Your Teenager

How can you engage, really engage, with your son or daughter?

By Bob Selden, June 2016

“Why do I have to get stuck with such dumb parents?”

And you know what?  They’re right!

It’s not that we parents are “dumb” it just seems that way to some teenagers.  Why?  During the teenage years, people are very black and white in their thinking – there are no shades of grey as can be seen by older adults. People do not mature emotionally until their mid-twenties.  The limitations of the teenage brain have been well publicised, helping parents, teachers, and others understand why it may be difficult for them to meet our expectations for managing emotions, handling risks, responding to relationships, and engaging in complex school work or employment. In early and mid-adolescence the brain undergoes considerable growth and pruning, moving generally from back to front areas of the cerebral cortex. Continue reading “Teenagers”