Here’s a comforting thought for those of us with teens in our lives- their brains are wired for risk. As the mom of a girl on the brink of teenage status, this makes me shiver.
Of course this isn’t news to the generations of parents before us who navigated the teenage years hoping for the best and lecturing for the worst. But science has proved it’s true. Our brains, for all their amazing capacity, take a long time to mature, and all areas don’t do so at the same time. The area of thrill seeking and risk-taking matures last, and not until about age 24. This explains why your teen can hear you and spout back why it’s not a good idea to drink and drive, but may do so anyway.
Worried about your kids’ risk-taking and decision-making about sex? This is part of my ongoing stance on sex ed for kids of all ages. It starts with correctly naming body parts with newly verbal toddlers and continues as they age, with sexual function, pleasure, responsibility, safety, and relationships. If you wait for when they’re “old enough” and you’re at the point where your kids are tuning you out, you’ve missed some great chances for discussion and education. Not to say you should stop trying- it’s never too late for sex ed about healthy relationship and sexual choices. You just might have to get creative in the delivery.
Social media can involve risk-taking too, and this paediatrician is concerned about how it can mix with sex. Her post makes some good points about an app called Snapchat, where you share a photo or video (with captions if desired) and it’s online only briefly before disappearing “forever.” Or does it? She found it easy to capture images that were supposed to “disappear,” and had some relevant concerns about how kids might use the app thinking it’s safe.
Generations of parents have had to deal with kids who got STIs (or VD as it would have been called) and no antibiotic help; with pregnancies, with car accidents, with drinking and drugs. Social media is another piece we need to deal with as parents. Hopefully it’s alongside supportive friends, because we are faced with these amazing, vibrant, energetic kids- whose brains aren’t quite with them.
Dear Coffee, I have loved you for so many years, and yet I fear our days are numbered. When I started with you as a teen, it was instant; it was sweetened artificially and barely shaded with watery skim milk- teen love in a cup. You rocketed me through my twenties as I juggled two [...]
I need a decent mystery. I’ve been looking for one for a couple of weeks, asking fellow mystery fans, scouring Good Reads. I’ve read the most recent one from my current fave, Deborah Crombie. My friend Sheena over at Friends for Life suggested Jo Nesbo, saying he’s a little like Steig Larsson, “You know, serial-killer-violence-against-women-even-if-its-supposed-to-highlight-violence-against-women.” Which [...]
Thank goodness for all those who registered their complaint to Disney about the revamp (emphasis on the vamp) of Brave princess Merida. If you visit the Disney princess page you’ll see the feisty gal as her wonderful self, but if you’d looked last week you would have seen a skinny, sexy-standard Merida sans her trademark [...]
Browse our news archive by category. Subscribe to our general RSS feed.