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

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

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...