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Category Archives: kids 10 to 13

Emotional development through the ages

The first step in regulating is recognizing and naming the emotions. ‘When I feel like this in this part of my body I can name it this.’ The next step would be when I have a name for the feeling and I recognise it in my body then I have to learn what to do...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Nature vs Nurture…

The nature versus nurture argument about personality has always seemed a little futile to me. It's a bit like debating whether a cake is the result of its ingredients or the baking process. Both are critically important steps which influence the outcome, much like nature and nurture do for personality. Researchers such as Alexander Thomas and...
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