Strong Self-Esteem – The Antidote to Peer Pressure

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The topic of self-esteem has always been controversial. Many who have written about it say concern about self-esteem is over-rated or even irrelevant to child development. No doubt this is a reaction to the “self-esteem movement,” which has misunderstood how…

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Erratic Teen Behavior – It’s Not a ‘Phase’ They Outgrow

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Since the 1990’s, when Dr. Jay Giedd and his colleagues at the National Institute for Mental Health published their pioneering research about adolescent brain development, more than a dozen authors with different backgrounds have written about “the teen brain.” For…

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Intellectually Powerful Minds Are Developed, Not Inherited – 5 Things Parents Can Do

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In a separate post, I quoted Dr. Jay Giedd, the pioneering brain researcher who discovered that the prefrontal cortex (PFC) is still under development during a child’s adolescence, that this is the “smart” area of the brain, and that wiring the…

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Dr. Lynne Kenney’s Work Prepares Young Minds for Adolescent Brain Development

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I’ve written extensively about the development of the prefrontal cortex (PFC) during adolescence. At puberty a child’s PFC undergoes a “second blooming,” which begins a roughly 12-year period of development. During this period (adolescence) unused brain connections are “pruned away”…

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Constructing a Child’s Intellectual Foundation – What Parents Can Do

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I’ve posted before about the importance of critical thinking and the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a young person to lay down a foundation of critical thinking skills in the developing prefrontal cortex – what I often refer to as “the smart part”…

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Adults Who Mentor Teens – How Effective Are Their Communication Skills?

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In his classic parenting book, The Wonder of Boys, psychologist Michael Gurian claims that “three families – not one” are needed to raise a healthy child to be a happy, successful adult. The first family is the “nuclear family”—the parents…

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What Can Parents Do to Help Their Child Become One of the Smart Ones?

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During the first few months of life, parents show lots of colorful, noise-making objects to their infant. Slowly, the baby learns to pay attention. The child is doing the work to program the neural pathways for sight. During the first year of life, parents…

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Are Young People Preparing for the Realities of Adult Life?

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Studying well in school is important. Those 12 years – and university – are important. But along the way, a young person needs to learn many non-academic skills and strengths that are vital for relationships and a career. While some of this can…

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