Inside the Teenage Brain: Parenting a Work in Progress / Edition 2

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Teenagers are perplexing, intriguing, and spirited creatures. In an attempt to discover the secrets to their thoughts and actions, parents have tried talking, cajoling, and begging them for answers. The result has usually been just more confusion. But new and exciting light is being shed on these mysterious young adults. What was once thought to be hormones run amuck can now be explained with modern medical technology. MRI and PET scans view the human brain while it is alive and functioning. To no one's surprise, the teenage brain is under heavy construction! These discoveries are helping parents understand the (until now) unexplainable teenager. Neuroscience can help parents adjust to the highs and lows of teenage behavior. Typically, this transformation is a prickly proposition for both teens and their families, but the trials and tribulations of adolescence give teenagers a second chance to develop and create the brain they will take into adulthood.

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Editorial Reviews

Feinstein provides practical advice, but what makes her book particularly interesting is the insight on how the adolescent brain functions.
Susan Eva Porter
Sheryl Feinstein has written a book that every parent of a teenager should read. It is filled with practical information, illuminating examples, and—most important—hope. Readers will walk away not only with tools to feel confident in their role as parents but also with appreciation for their teenage child.
Linda S. Behar-Horenstein
In this timely and compelling book, Feinstein has integrated the wisdom of psychology and evidence from brain-based research to offer insight into the world of the digital generation of teenagers and food for thought for parenting teenagers. Strategies for communicating and parenting teenagers are illustrated through lively examples and supported by research that is presented in a down-to-earth and readable style.
Marilee Sprenger
This book is right on target when it comes to understanding the teen brain. Using emerging research, Feinstein translates the science into practical strategies that work! Every parent of an adolescent should read this book. Better yet, read it before your child becomes an adolescent—be prepared!
Ilghiz M. Sinagatullin
The author explores the topic that is urgent and timely in the rise of the new millennium. The book is intelligently crafted and full of wisdom and useful admonitions. Parents, educators, psychologists—all who are in any way deals with teenagers can benefit from it. A big and engrossing book. Great!
R. Murray Thomas
Reading this book was a delight—the result of the author’s weaving a fast-flowing, persuasive narrative from several strands of information and reasoning. Those strands include recent research on adolescent thought processes, a parent’s experience with raising teenagers, interviews with adolescents, and observations of adolescents interacting with adults and peers. The conversational writing style features well-reasoned suggestions about productive ways for adults—especially parents—to treat teens. I’m convinced that the author truly knows what she is talking about.
AGERANGE: Ages 11 to Adult.

During the last decade, much research has been done in the field of neuroscience that helps identify and explain teenage behavior based on the anatomy and use of the "teen brain." Results from these studies have helped explain the basic need of teenagers for more sleep, and clarifies why teenagers are more successful in school when they have a later starting time. Feinstein, an associate professor of education, wades through the research to present this concise, easy-to-read parenting guide. Her basic premise is that the teenage brain is fundamentally different from an adult one; in fact, they use different parts of it, with teenagers functioning primarily on an emotional, less logical level. Further discussion involves parenting styles, tactics that work, and special challenges in the teenage life, such as peer relationships, education, and at-risk behaviors. Feinstein's approach is straightforward and readable, providing very clear examples of ways to handle situations and build relationships. Each chapter provides helpful "did you know," "fast facts," and a discussion of "what should parents do." Without a doubt, it is a useful tool for parents and anyone who works closely with teens, helping to put recent research into a workable perspective. The major topics of concern are addressed and touched upon, although parents looking for help in specific areas will need to consult other works that address that topic in more depth. Reviewer: Karen Jensen
April 2008 (Vol. 31, No. 1)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781607091189
  • Publisher: R&L Education
  • Publication date: 12/16/2009
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 148
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Sheryl Feinstein is associate professor at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She consults at a correctional facility for adolescent boys and at a separate site for emotionally and behaviorally disturbed adolescents in Minnesota. She is a former teacher, curriculum coordinator, and director of a high school alternative program.

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Table of Contents

Foreword   Eric Jensen     vii
Acknowledgments     ix
The Teenage Brain: A Work in Progress     1
Parenting Styles: What Kind of Parent Are You?     13
Strategies That Work and Don't Work with Teenagers     22
Triggering Misbehavior     40
Social Life: The Teen Scene     46
Surviving Your Teenager's Emotions     60
Physical Changes: Under Construction     73
Getting an Education     82
The Family Rules     89
Technology: The Medium and the Message     100
Teens at Risk     110
Parenting Glossary     133
References     139
Index     147
About the Author     151
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