Roundup of great posts on parenting teens and tweens

Here are some great articles I've seen online this month about the challenges and awesomeness of raising teenagers (and tweens).

Parents of Teenagers, Stuck Taking Out the Emotional Trash by Lisa Damour on Motherlode,  the New York Times's parenting blog

"Both neuroscience and common sense tell us that the teenage years are often characterized by intense and erratic emotions. On the whole, teenagers have a variety of healthy tactics for managing life’s bumps (upsetting their parents being only one of them) but even the sturdiest of adolescents would sag under the weight of their feelings if they couldn’t toss some of them into handy and dependable receptacles. As we exchange presents this holiday season, let’s stop for a moment to honor the gift that so many parents give their teenagers all year round: the willingness to accept, and find a way to dispose of, the inevitable debris that comes with growing up."

Harnessing the Incredible Learning Potential of the Adolescent Brain by Katrina Schwartz on KQED

"Adolescence is the last time in a person’s life that the brain can be so dramatically overhauled.

The adolescent brain is exquisitely sensitive to experience,” [Dr. Laurence] Steinberg said. “It is like the recording device is turned up to a different level of sensitivity.” That’s why humans tend to remember even the most mundane events from adolescence much better than even important events that took place later in life. It also means adolescence could be an extremely important window for learning that sticks. Steinberg notes this window is also lengthening as scientists observe the onset of puberty happening earlier and young people taking on adult roles later in life. Between these two factors, one biological and one social, adolescence researchers now generally say the period lasts 15 years between the ages of 10 and 25."

What Are Smartphones Doing to Kids' Sleep? ... and 4 things we can do right now to limit sleep disruption by Michael J. Breus, Ph.D. on Psychology Today

 "The seemingly endless utility of smartphones is a great part of their appeal, but sleeping with your phone next to your head for the alarm simply isn’t necessary, for you or your child. Invest in old-fashioned alarm clocks if you need an alarm to wake you or your kids."

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