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

By | Adolescence, Adolescent Brain, Critical Thinking, Education, Parenting, Parenting Books, Rebellion, Teen Culture, Teen Success, Work | No Comments

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

By | Adolescence, Adolescent Brain, Alcohol, Critical Thinking, Education, Encouragement, Parent-child Communication, Parenting Books, Teen Culture, Teen Success | No Comments

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

By | Adolescence, Adolescent Brain, Critical Thinking, Education, Encouragement, Mentoring, Parenting, Parenting Books, Teen Success | No Comments

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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New Book Reveals the Damaging Effects of Excessive Screen Time – Reset Your Child’s Brain, by Victoria Dunckley, MD

By | Adolescent Brain, Alcohol, Drugs, Education, Parenting Books, Teen Culture, Teen Success | No Comments

One crucial step in helping your adolescent child build a superior mind is to protect the prefrontal cortex (PFC) from damage during adolescence – the developmental period for wiring the foundation for critical thinking. To this end, I’ve written a…

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