As little ones move through the stages of infancy, preschool, childhood, and adolescence, bearing witness to their accelerated growth spurts and physical transitions makes most parents both awed and nostalgic. What many adults don’t realize, however, is that their children’s minds are not keeping pace with their bodies. It takes a full three decades for the brain to fully mature and reach its optimized executive functioning. (source, source, source, source, source, source)
For the first 25 years, rather than expecting their teenagers to make “adult” decisions, parents need to understand that their child’s cognition is going through major biological changes including shifting neural connections, hormones, neurotransmitters and cognition. This takes time. Therefore, rather than being frustrated by their youths’ seemingly “immature choices,” parents may do better to act as their child’s “external prefrontal cortex.”
In my latest article, I dive deeper into the adolescent brain and provide a few ways that parents can more effectively support their child during this vulnerable time of neurological pathway growth.
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