For every parent of a teenager who has ever wondered “who is this kid?” a new web destination, recently launched by the Partnership for a Drug-Free America, aims to make answering the question a little bit easier. Designed to help parents navigate the confusing, often frustrating teen years, “A Parent’s Guide to the Teen Brain” translates recent scientific findings that shed light on how brain development shapes teens’ behavior and personalities into easy-to-understand tips and tools for parents. “Parenting teens is very challenging, but understanding what’s going on inside their brains can make it easier to communicate and help teenagers make better decisions,” said Ken Winters, senior scientist at the Treatment Research Institute and professor, University of Minnesota Medical School. “The teenage brain may be more hard-wired to take risks than the mature brain. Parents need to understand that the teenage years is not an optimal time for the best decision making.”

Advertisements