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Teenagers’ minds are still growing, and they will keep developing until their mind is more or less completed in their mid 20s. Daniel Goleman says that a teenager’s ability to exert self-control is predicated on the teenager’s ability to identify, then track, then manage his or her behaviour. And, it’s in that order. Teenagers can’t manage strong emotion unless they first identify and then track, he says. Some teenagers need help to know ‘when’ and ‘how’ to apply their mental ‘brakes’. This can be harder to achieve if it’s not practised earlier in a child’s development, but it’s never too late. The ability to identify, track and manage behaviour is something that can be practised if only we know what to do to help our teenage son or daughter to do it.

Most commonly, some of the mental ‘software’ to wrestle with strong emotions already exists in most teenagers. ‘Restraint-ability, as it turns out, builds throughout childhood development with each passing year being accompanied by more and more capacity to exert self-control.

But, there are many things that parents can do to maximise a teenager’s restraint ability. To start with, parents need to be able to control three things at home for their teenager’s mind to work best. They need to ensure that a teenager gets enough sleep, that they limit a teenager’s use
of technology and that we limit the risks of using drugs or alcohol.

This webinar will address what a parent can do, to maximise a teenager’s self-control. To view the webinar, click on the button below.


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