Why Teens Do Dumb, Crazy, Risky Things

Dr. Regina Lamourelle with Barbara Strauch and Sue Blaney

Yes, teens are crazy, but according to our guests, they are crazy by design. Dumb, crazy, risky teen behavior is all part of the developmental process. Once we understand what is going on inside the teenage mind, we can spend less time being angry and frustrated with them and more time marveling at how their brains and personalities are developing.
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May 8, 2009
Episode Guests
Barbara Strauch is deputy science editor of The New York Times in charge of health and medical science. She is the author of two books, The Secret Life of the Grown-up Brain, on the surprising talents of the middle-aged mind, published in April 2010, and The Primal Teen,’ on the teenage brain. Sue Blaney is an award-winning author, speaker, and publisher specializing in supporting parents in successfully raising teenagers. Sue created Please Stop the Rollercoaster! How Parents of Teenagers Can Smooth Out the Ride, a parent discussion group program in a book.
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