Parenting The Teenage Brain

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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

Marilee Sprenger
This book is what every parent of an adolescent needs and wants. Feinstein's engaging stories and clear translation of the current neuroscience research will captivate any reader wondering why those kids act the way they do. This is a must read for parents, teachers, and others who interact with this misunderstood age group. I highly recommend it!
Larry K Brendtro
Today's parents face major challenges in helping their children successfully navigate through a multitude of risks on the road to maturity. In this book, Dr. Feinstein taps exciting new research on the teenage brain to provide parents and mentors powerful new tools to connect with youth and guide them on pathways to responsibility.
Rita Smilkstein
Sheryl Feinstein focuses on the critical importance of 'high-quality relationships between parents and teens.' She not only describes these relationships and how to develop them, she also goes deeper to explain how the teenage brain physiologically becomes an adult brain, characterized by emotional stability and social responsibility. To acquire an adult brain, a teenager must have the opportunity, best provided by caring, knowledgeable parents, to experience and practice real-life, responsible decision making and problem solving. The more the teenager has these opportunities, the more the teenage brain will be able to grow the actual neurological structures of the adult brain. Feinstein shows, clearly and specifically, how parents can be the parents teens need to help them mature into responsible adults. An invaluable guide for every parent.
from the Foreword by Eric Jensen
I am quite delighted to see this new book on parenting by Dr. Sheryl Feinstein. She has linked new and compelling research on the adolescent brain with the ever-challenging role of parenting. Dr. Feinstein's thought-provoking, yet amusing discussion gives us a refreshing opportunity to deepen our understanding of the adolescent and refine our parenting skills...An abundance of practical advice, with a dash of ground-breaking research, is offered at every turn of the page...Those of us who have been involved in education and brain research welcome this informed application to parenting. Dr. Feinstein has certainly produced a significant and long-overdue book on parenting the teenage brain.
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: 9781578866212
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/28/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 164
  • Sales rank: 817,637
  • Product dimensions: 0.38 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 5.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Sheryl Feinstein, Ed.D. is an associate professor at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

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Table of Contents

1 The Teenage Brain: A Work in Progress 2 Parenting Styles: What Kind of Parent Are You? 3 Strategies That Work and Don't Work with Teenagers 4 Triggering Misbehavior 5 Social Life: The Teen Scene 6 Surviving Your Teenager's Emotions 7 Physical Changes: Under Construction 8 Getting an Education 9 The Family Rules 10 Technology: The Medium and the Message 11 Teens at Risk 12 Parenting Glossary 13 References

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