I recently met a very old friend of mine. Over lunch, he lamented,” My daughter seems to have changed so much. She was an angel even till a year ago. Now we don’t even  know what she is thinking- and when she might explode!”

I did a little bit of digging around  and found that parents around the world- regardless of culture, religion, geography go through a common story. The story is something like this – “My molly-cuddly sweetie-pie of yesterday suddenly seems a totally different person today. Every topic, touch and even glance has suddenly turned a potential minefield.”

The teenager suddenly seems mysterious, and you seem to be living with an imposter in your child’s body! Years of parenting confidence could be shaken by the onset of a child’s adolescence.

So, I did some more digging and was pleasantly surprised to find a whole lot of researchers dedicating their lives to understanding just the Teenage Brain! So, it’s not them, it’s their brains!!!

Recent scientific research points out that the human brain undergoes specific and dramatic development during adolescence offering new physiological “explanations” of teen behaviour.

To help parents deal with this turbulent phase, we put together this simple Infographic to bring you the latest in the Adolescent Brain Research from many leading researchers in the field.  They seem to have answers to the Teenager Tribe’s puzzling need to be impulsive(read, stupid!) and talk non-stop on the phone(even though they have been together for the last7 hours in class??!!!!) Yeah, some very puzzling questions answered here!

So, here goes!

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The Teenage Brain

 

When a baby develops, we go through the process patiently- even make it a point to enjoy every phase of it. When similar iconic developments take place in our teenager’s brain, we suddenly feel alienated and out-of-place. That’s because most parents feel that parenting till teenage almost signals the end of parenting. Nothing can be farther from the truth. Adolescents need their parents much more now, if only for that much needed familiar ground they will fall back on – while they intensify their quest for identity!

What have your experiences with teenagers told you? Let us know in the comments below!

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9 Comments

  1. Smitha says:

    This is very informative. Great work!

  2. Anjali says:

    To understand teens, its important we know what they think. This really makes it easy!

  3. Roshni says:

    A very good take on a very relevant topic!

    1. Devishobha Chandramouli says:

      Thank you Roshni! Am glad you liked it!

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Devishobha Chandramouli

Devishobha is the founder of Kidskintha- a global parenting and education collective, and the host of the global virtual conferences hosted on the platform. You can also find her voice on the Huffington Post, Mother.ly, Entrepreneur, Lifehack, TinyBuddha, Thought Catalog and many other publications.

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