A Parent’s Guide to the Teen Brain

Teen BrainThe Partnership for a Drug-Free America answers the question, “Why does your teen do that?” Turns out, from age 13 to 25, the brain matures from the back to the front, strengthening some connections and permanently pruning those it doesn’t use. For a few years, the amygdala reigns, raging with all its impulse and emotion. Finally, the judgment center behind the forehead comes into its own, but not until your kid is way out of college.


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