By Nicola Morgan
Opposite to well known (parental) opinion, children aren't the lazy, disagreeable - frankly, spotty - louts they sometimes seem to be. through the teenage years the mind is present process its so much radical and basic switch because the age of 2. Nicola Morgan's conscientiously researched, available and funny exam of the ups and downs of the teenage mind has chapters facing strong feelings, the necessity for extra sleep, the urge to take dangers, the variation among genders, the explanations at the back of habit or melancholy, and what lies forward.
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Extra resources for Blame My Brain: The Amazing Teenage Brain Revealed
Theory 2 – it’s cultural There are adults who say, “Huh, it was different in my day. In my day we weren’t allowed to feel like that. We just did what we were told. indd 37 04/03/2013 10:24 because there are not enough rules any more. ” I would say these people are in denial. “Get real,” I’d say. The Greek genius Aristotle talked about the strange behaviour of teenagers. And that was almost 2,500 years ago. Theory 3 – it’s the need for independence All mammals need to leave their parents and set up on their own at some point.
Fathers can be OK – from a distance, when they’ve showered, and only ever fully clothed. And when they have their wallets handy. Sam didn’t hear her dad come into her room ten minutes ago. She didn’t hear him shout that she was going to be late for school, even though he distinctly heard a reply. Her brain did that automatically. Her younger brother is already dressed and is down in the kitchen feeding cereal to the dog. Her younger brother is disgusting too. indd 59 04/03/2013 10:24 a revolting sniff where you can hear the snot going down his throat.
O It’s actually quite a safe thing to argue about – better than smoking or alcohol or sex or homework or any of the other things that worry parents. So perhaps your untidy bedroom (if you have one) could be a mirror of your mind: emotional, chaotic, rebellious and full of stress. Or maybe actually you really aren’t bothered? What can you do about adolescence? You might think you can’t do anything about it, except go to sleep for a few years and wake up when it’s all over. Actually, there’s a lot you can do – not to stop it happening, but to deal with it and look at it differently.
Blame My Brain: The Amazing Teenage Brain Revealed by Nicola Morgan