Looking for a popular subject? Just click on a tag!

parenting tween teen brain parenting pre-school STI book review dysmenorrhea vulva voice spencer george relationships hair tween promise ring Trish Hutchison emerging sexuality ego menarche early puberty sexual abuse prevention early childhood hormones social development question of the week anxiety red flags hpv contraception gardasil bisexual sexuality ed vagina smoking sexual development self worth reproduction cell phones good for you girls consent Gonorrhea LARC middle school body odor toxins TEDx Greenville menstrual cramps friendships TEDx periods breast cancer breast pain dating violence vaping sexual desire nonconsensual pornography there's something new about you coming out mental health normal period parent-child connection girlology environmental toxins tampon cancer STD menstrual period eating disorder something new about you harassment cramps teen behavior gifts gratitude acne precocious puberty STEM parenting teens porn warts KTFF love teen pregnancy prevention moods body image girls puberty new moon girls birth control menstrual calendar Sex Talk transgender e-cigarettes pornography irregular period toxic shock sex social media period cramps parenting teen uterus pillow queer healthy relationships Let's Talk vaccination 5th grade puberty development friendship self esteem teen dating communication Chlamydia pubic hair adolescents teen relationships LARCs dating bra knixteen sexual health breast buds body language teen breast bud sexuality Intern adolescent development homosexuality premature puberty condom period condoms teen identity touch hunger friends breast size play list self-acceptance cervical cancer Playlist Melisa Holmes breast health boys' puberty HIV the talk masturbation 4th grade AIDS preteen pregnancy abstinence vaccine risk taking vaginal discharge early development 4th grader selfie oral sex pap smear Trichomonas boys puberty menstrual cup anatomy father-daughter music parent-child self confidence menstruation HPV vaccine #notyourgirl first period breast sexting organic prom sexually transmitted infections prevention breast growth breast development cancer prevention vaginal odor Herpes powerful girls road show skipped period revenge porn hygiene sex ed instagram emotions

A parents guide to how the prefrontal cortex, amygdala and neurons change during adolescence.  

As if body changes aren’t enough, the tween years also bring major changes in moods, behaviors, interests, and the way they think. Suddenly, your child can sling some attitude, text without looking, and argue you to death-all at once! Many of these new “skills” are blamed on raging hormones, but the truth is that most of them are actually caused by all the shiny new neurons and hardwiring going on in your adolescent’s brain.

As recently as a few decades ago, scientists thought the brain was finished growing around age two, and “data entry” was all that happened after that. Today, through advanced medical imaging techniques, we know that the brain begins a second, large growth spurt around age twelve and finishes up in the early...