Another great little video from European Schoolnet Essential viewing if you are a parent or a teacher and want some understanding of what is happening to the adolescent brain as a young person transitions from being a dependent child to an independent and interdependent adult.
Adolescence is not some temporary aberration in teenager behaviour but a deep seated survival mechanism that has has allowed humanity to redefine and renew its cultural norms. From escaping the cold caves of our ancestors to finding new ways of being and living today we are constantly on the move and our adolescents continue to have a crucial role to play. Adults also have an important role to play in celebrating adolescence as:
‘The defining struggle, the moment when the next generation challenges the status quo and pioneers new ways of thinking and being that ensure our survival.’
I completely agree but just wish my 14 year daughter was a wee bit less stroppy sometimes and that her bedroom wasn’t quite as much of a bio-hazard. On balance I suppose this is a small price to pay in return for all the benefits of her successfully making the transition to adulthood and contributing to the survival of our future generations.