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How children interact with their world

Development through the formative years

Development during the formative years The first few months up to around 18mnts old children do not have a perception of themselves as separate individuals. According to them they are part of you. They are also pretty much dependent on you to provide to their needs.It is during this time that pee-ka-boo is so delightful with...
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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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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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Social-emotional development

"Social-emotional development includes the child’s experience, expression, and management of emotions and the ability to establish positive and rewarding relationships with others (Cohen and others 2005). It encompasses both intra- and interpersonal processes. The core features of emotional development include the ability to identify and understand one’s own feelings, to accurately read and comprehend emotional states...
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Impact of alcohol on the developing brain

I think it is really important to understand what the impact of alcohol is on the developing brain. We know the law says you can only buy alcohol legally when you are 18 but culturally children start drinking at a much younger age. A really concerning issue is the binge drinking that is such a...
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Being a teen – Introduction to the turbulent phase we call puberty

I found reading the articles about the brain and teen development through puberty and how it influences many areas of development fascinating. Maybe it is because my boys are in the middle of this phase and it made me understand a few things about teen behavior so much better.  Robin Nixon (Adolescent Angst) says: “After...
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Risk taking behavior during puberty

For me risk taking is the biggest fear I have about the turbulent teenage years.  All stats show that there are a lot of deaths in the older age group (15 – 19) due to this. Contributing factors include, speeding, drunk driving, alcohol and drug use etc. “The brakes come online somewhat [restricted] later than the...
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