On the Grown and Flown website, there is an excellent interview with Dr. Frances E. Jensen, author of the The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults. You can find it here.
We don’t have teens yet. But I do know that from a spiritual perspective, emotional attachment with parents is an important piece of the faith transmission puzzle. Dr. Jensen offers good tips on how to stay connected to your teen during those often turbulent years. Her insights help parents understand their offspring’s sometimes trying behaviour, from a developmental perspective.
Dr. Jensen also offers advice on key parenting issues during those growing years, especially as it relates to brain development.
It’s a quick and worthwhile read.
I find neuroscience (when it is explained in lay terms) fascinating, so I may even get around to reading Jensen’s book. Likely when our kids move into the teen years, and I shift into “oh-oh” mode.