Everything I’ve learned about the developing teenage brain has been quite liberating for me. It’s been liberating as a journey in self-discovery. You see, if the brain is not fully wired-up until about the age of 25, then that offers me at least some sort of explanation for much of my confusing and now-embarrassing adolescent and young adult behavior. As a parent, I often asked my kids, “What in the world were you thinking?” There were times in my early years where I quietly asked myself the same question while wiping egg off my face or trying to clean up some kind of mess.
So. . . here’s a helpful infographic on the teen brain from the folks at TeenSafe. Give it a good look. And youth workers, pass this one on to parents. . .
Post written by By Walt Mueller at the Center for Parents and Youth Understanding at cpyu.org