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Jo Eberhardt's answer to How do I tell my wonderful 11 year old son, (in a way that won’t tear him down), that the way he has started talking to me (disrespectfully) makes me not want to be around him (I’ve already told him the bad attitude is unaccep
Great answer, and uses the public speaking metaphor as a little script for interactions: “Sweetie, I’m not a sabertooth tiger.”

TL;DR: puberty causes a reinvention of your brain and personality, but grows the amygdala (anger, reactivity) faster than the frontal cortex (decision-making, responsibility, accountability). This leads to angry outbursts or behaviors (disrespectful language) and lack of vulnerability to own up to it.

(She started with an apology first, validating him + making him not get on the defensive.)

Recommendation: talk about what’s going on inside your head with the people you love and who love you.
puberty  childhood  parenting  LoveFirst  Quora  useful  resource  personalities  personal_development 
december 2018 by KuraFire
How Puberty Kills Girls' Confidence - The Atlantic
How Puberty Kills Girls’ Confidence. Mike Blake / Reuters The change can be baffling to many parents: Their young girls are masters of the universe, full of gutsy fire. But as puberty sets in,…. via Instapaper. September 26, 2018 at 09:42PM
puberty  parenting  women 
september 2018 by sjspires
How Puberty Kills Girls' Confidence - The Atlantic
The change can be baffling to many parents: Their young girls are masters of the universe, full of gutsy fire. But as puberty sets in, their confidence nose-dives, and those same daughters can transform into unrecognizably timid, cautious, risk-averse versions of their former self.
girls  girlhood  puberty  childhood  parenting  body-image  gender-socialization 
september 2018 by thegrandnarrative
Separate psychologists working with Jack and Janice confirmed that the teens have gender identity disorder (GID) and are possibly transgender, a catch-all phrase for individuals whose gender identity is different from their biological sex.

Increasingly, pediatricians and psychologists are challenged by cases like Jack’s and Janice’s in which kids want to be the opposite gender. It is an emotional and confusing time for the family and the children, who often are on the cusp of puberty at the very time they are reject ing their biological gender. One solution specialists recommend is puberty blockers, drugs that delay the onset of puberty and give the children time to sort out their gender identity.

“Pediatric endocrinologists are the only specialists who see children and adolescents who require pubertal blocking drugs in the course of regular practice,” said Norman Spack, a pediatric endocrinologist at Boston Children’s Hospital whose practice mainly focuses on transgender youth. “If they do not get involved in cases where they can be helpful, it is unlikely anyone else will.”

In the course of their practices, pediatric endocrinologists typically use drugs that delay puberty, such as gonadotropinreleasing hormone (GnRH) analogues, to treat conditions such as central precocious puberty and congenital adrenal hyperplasia. The drugs have a good track record, with 30 years of follow-up data showing them to be safe and effective. For transgender patients, the verdict is still out; as transgender patients enter adulthood, data are trickling in as to the benefits and risks of these drugs.

Deciding to treat with such drugs may not be an easy choice, Spack admitted. “It is difficult for pediatric endocrinologists to grasp the idea of treating a child who otherwise seems perfectly normal and may not reveal his/her mental suffering and risk of self-harm. It is all too easy to turn away referred patients with whom the physician has no prior relationship and whose condition may be considered psychiatric.”
transgender  puberty  blockers 
july 2018 by Quercki
“Teen Culture” is the New Imperialism, and it is Destroying the World | Zero Hedge | Zero Hedge
Preindustrial societies mostly exhibit a continuum from childhood to adulthood. There is generally no random cut off age where suddenly teens are given rights and expected to become adults. Children seamlessly and gradually integrate into adulthood, with puberty rites being the only major benchmark.

These societies were “free-range parenting” before it was cool. Even toddlers have a large degree of autonomy. The child is allowed to explore, and the mother provides the nurturing, feeding, and love at the child’s initiation. Young children participate in the work of their parents and elders and interact and learn from people of all ages.

Children are raised from infancy alongside adults, instead of being segregated into peer groups of the same age. They slowly learn from adults and take on more responsibilities by emulating what they see.
education  family  adolescence  marriage  children  puberty 
june 2018 by Jswindle

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