They hang out with their older siblings in order to feel accepted and belonged. They spread their social wings as if they are already ripe for hanging out in malls, coffee night-outs or rave parties. It has always been known, and countless stories prove this, that tweens face a very challenging phase in their adolescent growth. Their travails with their parents and society consist of the usual: peer pressure, curfews, parties, social acceptance and sometimes, rebellion. With these inevitable factors embracing them, what they need most are constant guidance and understanding. Remember that popular clothes does not always mean pretty.
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Kids, Teens and the Power of “Not Yet”
Not enough, at least. It was a revelation to me. It gives you a path into the future. Not everybody reacts like that. Actually, very few people react by thinking of the future journey of improvement.
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This is the part of the brain that responds to situations with good judgment and an awareness of long-term consequences. Teens process information with the amygdala. This is the emotional part. What's a parent to do?
So how can parents help their teenagers learn and apply good decision-making skills? As language develops, children are able to give clear reasons as to why certain behaviours are undesirable. But children and teenagers have been found to be poor decision-makers if they feel pressured, stressed or are seeking attention from peers. But they are less adept at choosing not to steal in the presence of coaxing peers whom they wish to impress. Cold situations are choices made during times of low emotional arousal.