Naartjie

Monthly Archives: January 2017

Teenage Brain & Behavior Changes

It is important that pre-teens, their parents and teachers understand three factors that are responsible for many brain function and behavior difficulties during adolescence: Hormonal changes affect brain functions. Our human brain makes mistakes. It can be easily confused. These three issues can make everyday upsets bigger problems for adolescents since at this time of life...
Read more

Adolescent Angst: 5 Facts About the Teen Brain

"Adolescents are dramatic, irrational and scream for seemingly no reason. And they have a deep need for both greater independence and tender loving care. There is a reason this description could be used for either teens or toddlers: After infancy, the brain's most dramatic growth spurt occurs in adolescence. "The brain continues to change throughout life, but...
Read more

Coaching children to manage frustration

Emotional coaching in general is the acknowledgement from us that we need to coach and support children to learn how to recognise and regulate their emotions. Coaching means you describe your child's emotions. Focus mostly on the positive emotions and try to use different words for emotions. This helps them to develop an emotional vocabulary. When they...
Read more

Beyond Raging Hormones: The Tinderbox in the Teenage Brain

“Youth are heated by Nature as drunken men by wine.” —Aristotle “In adolescence, physical health is approaching its peak. Adolescents are not only bigger and stronger than children, but also show developmental increases in a wide range of mental and physical abilities, including reaction time, reasoning skills, problem solving, immune function, and capacity to cope with...
Read more

Social development during puberty

 I think the social environment has been the biggest change for the world in which our children are growing up. The Internet and Social media expose our children to a world stage that we never experienced as youths. Through the ages parents have complained about their children’s clothes, choice of music and exposure to drugs, alcohol...
Read more

Love Languages 5 of 5 – Acts of Service

Acts of service This may sound strange to you, as parents we need to care for children anyway. But  children will often remember as adults the small things their parents did on certain occasions. The way your mother packed your lunchbox or what she did for your birthday. Children also learn through our acts of service...
Read more

Love Languages 4 of 5 – Gifts

Gifts Gifts are only gifts when they were not earned. If you give something as a reward it is not a gift but encouragement. Gifts are unexpected. Gifts are also something that is desired. Most meaningful gifts are often also not bought. By making some effort to create something it may sometimes mean a lot more...
Read more