Thursday, February 13, 2014
Teens Do The Darndest Things
You gotta love those middle schoolers! What will they think up next? There is a method to their madness and that is that their new teenage brain gets caught up in the "awesomeness" of it all. Literally your teen's brain works differently than your brain. For instance if one of your friends dared you to put your tongue up against a freezing cold pole, you would go through a long process of thinking, its cold, my tongue could stick to it, and it will hurt like hell!!! So, no I will not take your dare. You are living and using your thinking brain, the frontal cortex. Your teen on the other hand, like this boy, had one thought after the dare, AWESOME!!! Let me at it!! Why because the teen brain works differently than an adult brain. Rather than using the thinking brain, a teen's brain activates first in the emotional center the amygdala, the AWESOME part of the brain before the thinking part of the brain kicks in. That would be when this kid's tongue is now stuck to the pole. Truly teens do stupid things because of biology.
So when your teen does something that leaves you saying: "Are you kidding me, what were you thinking?????" Honestly they were not thinking, they were feeling. Keep this nugget of understanding around, it will come in handy. Not that it will change their behavior necessarily, but at least you won't be thinking how did my smart teen become so stupid! It's biology baby!