How does your teen feel about life?
Teenagers, this isn’t rocket science to you.
While I certainly don’t feel your pain regarding grades, peer pressure, student loans and money management, there are also many other issues you may be familiar with. And yes, it can get pretty annoying when your child, your whole world, your legacy and everything you’ve worked so hard for is touched and spattered by peer stress, negativity and crass behaviour.
That’s why I’m tackling teen problems through the lens of teen brain science, that’s why…
According to research, the prefrontal cortex of your brain plays a significant role in developing a sense of self and developing knowledge. This frontal lobe, the high-level region of the brain (which was featured in great reviews by researchers on the Daily Telegraph and in the New York Times recently), is responsible for actions like “cooling off”, self-awareness, clear thinking, decision-making and goal-setting.
The prefrontal cortex enables learning and adaptation by supporting learning. As such, it needs a certain amount of natural temperature, such as a steady, regular supply of sleep and exercise, so as to work properly. Without them, the prefrontal cortex’s inherent factors would start to deteriorate.
Of course, what teenagers really need is space and time alone, which means time spent away from the day-to-day obligations and responsibilities. This is when your child’s frontal lobe would start to hyper-focus on development. It would receive feedback on their thoughts and actions to become aware of the possibilities and skills they have developed with time. And once these crucial learning elements become stable, you can then relax a little, can’t you?
I mean, it would be the saddest feeling in the world if you felt time has already passed your child by and they are left behind. It’s more than the simple opinion, my young friends…
There is a lot of stress around teenage brains, time seems to be running out in these precious years, but fret not – there are things your teacher can do to help support brain development with your help. You might think you’re on top of all things, but research shows educators need to prioritise mental health and wellbeing so your child gets back to their A-game, have peace and enjoy success in life.
Firstly, once your teenager has developed knowledge and skills to make decisions, a balanced personality can really make things better and enhance their learning experience. This can be achieved by getting involved with sports and school clubs, in terms of helping develop your child’s life skills and independence.
Another important step that can be taken now is having regular face-to-face conversations with your child, so they can realise how you see them, rather than assume things from videos or face-to-face interaction. It’s really important they know exactly who they are, while adjusting their self-worth by becoming more aware of their emotions and attitudes to life.
It’s important that we learn to see our own psychological and psychological development, it’s really good for building self-esteem and makes us comfortable in our own skin. And in all seriousness, this is certainly a beneficial practice to practice in everyday life so as to help your teenager have a better overall life experience.
Finally, give your child a bit of space and time to sleep, shower and freshen up, so that stress levels will be reduced. Sleep is the foundation to all brain processes and communication skills, and bonding with the comforts of a cool night’s sleep will make them happier and more satisfied to have the important things in life.
Finally, many teens have the feeling that everybody else is nicer than them, so they’ll need to be given the confidence to handle it all and often the ability to focus and concentrate. This can be done by spending time with peers and peers’ friends, to help everyone be comfortable and be there for everyone. Also, get them to apply for so much as a job, so they develop skills in managing time and behaviour and learning appropriate behavioural techniques. This can help them better understand the personal relationships they’re in and the needs that are required from them.
In conclusion, talking to your kids often, understanding their mental health and happiness, noticing their daily wellbeing and giving them a little bit of free time and a few extra privileges (these things can be replaced by homework assignments, assignments from parents or part-time jobs in the future) can help promote emotional development and provide a solid base for coping with peer pressure, work pressure and other daily pressures.
How about you? What things you’re doing to help your teen on their way to happiness?
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