The way the brain of a teenager works is a subject becoming increasingly more fascinating to scientists, psychiatrists, parents, and teachers alike. New information underscores the physiological development of teen brains, and we are learning more about how neurological growth and chemical changes affect the way middle schoolers think, speak, feel, and act.
Several books are available to help parents understand what, how, and why their middle schoolers are acting, saying, feeling, and thinking the way that they are. I find the following two books particularly good, and you may find one or both helpful:
• Why Do They Act That Way? David Walsh. ISBN 978-0-7432-6077-0
• The Middle School Mind: Growing Pains in Early Adolescent Brains. Richard M. Marshall and Sharon Neuman. ISBN 978-1-61048-585-2
Of course, a “classic” parent guide, with funny and practical advice, is this book: Get Out of My Life, but first could you drive me and Cheryl to the mall? Anthony E. Wolf. ISBN 978-0374528539.
As the new school year unfolds, the explanations and wisdom found in the above books may lend a calming moment when attempting to interpret the words, actions, feelings, and thoughts of a middle schooler.
Middle School Director
Stuart Hall School
Last updated Aug 29, 2012 12:18:19