Things to Remember About Teenagers

  • They are not finished yet
  • They act more powerfully than they feel
  • They assume they are not capable when the pieces don’t fit – high expectations
  • They may not have learned the language to talk about or be aware of what they are feeling
  • They honestly did forget because they are usually in “in the moment” mode
  • Boys brains aren’t fully developed until 22 – Girls around 18
  • Stress is real in their lives – skills may not be
  • Some behaviors are aggressive defenses because the world may not be safe
  • Adolescence is not contagious and IT WILL PASS – one way or another!