What Is Your Teen Thinking?! Science Has Answers

Ah, teenagers. They're a sphere of hell for parents all their own. The answer any parent seeking an explanation encounters when questioning a teen, "dunno, seemed like a good idea at the time," is not a satisfactory one. Fortunately for us, science is making strides in understanding the teenage brain, and recent research may have the answer we have been asking ourselves since our babies first entered that awkward and ever so turbulent stage in the human journey. ...more

Brain Development Ages 12-25: Major Changes; Major Implications for Underage Drinking

Lisa FrederiksenAs a follow-up to yesterday’s post, “Teen Stress and the Substance Misuse Connection,” I thought I would repost one that I wrote in October 2009 and updated March 4, 2011. The connection between the two posts has to do with the potentially devastating consequences of underage drinking (or drug use, for that matter) as a result of the brain development that occurs from ages 12-20, often through 25....more