What happens when children reach puberty earlier and adulthood later? Teenage weirdness. Alison Gopnik in The Wall Street Journal writes how developmental psychologists and neuroscientists are starting to explain the foundations of that weirdness & readjust adolescence. Clue. It might just mean requiring our children to apprentice and have real responsibilities so we can actually shape and change the teenage brain for the better.
Make sure they get plenty of physical exercise. Just as more schools are decreasing Physical Education class in order to increase academic preparation here is some new research that suggests this is not such a great idea. I know my daughter gets P.E. about once every three school days whereas I remember getting both recess and P.E. every single day. Not to mention playing soccer or football in the school yard with my friends every day after school. Needless to say we weren’t prepping for TAKS or STAAR.