Through the generous sponsorship of corporate clients, TrainX offers a One-Session Seminar on Understanding and Parenting the Teenage Brain. The target audience is parents and teachers of high school teenagers.
The TrainX Seminar provides information on the development of the teenage brain, and explains how the stage of brain development causes teenagers to think, feel and behave the way they do. It offers parents and teachers techniques and strategies to connect emotionally with teens, to develop trust with them, and to create the environment in which their potential can blossom.
Teenagers have not changed in the past 3000 years. What is different is that, through neuroscience, we now understand why they do what they do, and why they act the way they act. The answer lies with their brain, which is still under construction.
Every generation seems to think that their teenagers are different. But this is merely a perception. They have always been emotional, impulsive, risk-taking, defiant of authority, arguing with parents, idealist, searching for identity and seeming to show preference for peers over family. Based on information from neuroscience that the teenage brain is a work in progress, we can now offer explanations for such behaviour, and we can use that information to understand and parent the teenager, and set them on the path to lifelong learning and ongoing personal development.
While adults may be expecting teens to be logical with sound reasoning, the reality is teenagers are ruled by the emotional brain. Parents and other adults therefore have to connect emotionally with them, and the communication and parenting styles are critical. A dictatorial or authoritarian style will not work; neither will a permissive “anything goes” style. What works is a democratic or authoritative style and, in the process, the teenager is being prepared for an adult life where he will be responsible, will be comfortable making decisions, and will embark on a journey of constant learning. Parents must know what parenting strategies will work and what will drive their teenagers away to the world of their peers who they believe will understand them.