Brain Development

A look at how our children’s brains and thinking change as they grow.

Child Brain – Adult Brain

If you’re the parent of a teen, then you’ve probably noticed how much your teen questions why things are the way they are.  Well, there’s good reason.  Turns out that by the teen years, these inquiring minds have learned to think in the abstract.  Dr. Ron Clavier author of Teen Brain, Teen Mind elaborates. ”When the brain goes through the transition from the child brain to the adult brain, it has the ability to  see that there are many different ways to interpret something as opposed to just one.  The child only knows one way, and that’s usually the way the parents have told them such as ‘this is the right thing to do, this is the right way to behave, it’s time for bed, it’s time for homework.’  There’s no questioning.  But the teenager knows that there’s more than one way to see things because his or her brain has just become abstract, and that means they start to question.”

The Parent Report’s guest expert is Dr. Ron Clavier,author of Teen Brain, Teen Mind.

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