The slippery slope of emotions in your middle schoolers.
Before puberty, the frontal lobe of the brain:
-handles all thought
-handles voluntary behavior (such as walking, speech, and problem solving, and some aspects of emotion)
During the teenage ages, the frontal lobe is in charge of:
- weighs outcomes
-forms judgments- controls impulses and emotions
Since the frontal lobe isn't fully developed at this time of life, children have problems controlling them.
What can I do?
"While adults can use rational processes when facing emotional decisions, teenagers are simply not yet equipped to think through things in the same way."
As a parent of a changing child try to get a better understanding about you child's situation.