Teen Development

In this space I’ve often written about how the prefrontal cortex (PFC), the part of the brain that exercises judgment, is “under construction” during adolescence. And that the only way to wire this area more extensively – to produce a lifetime of intellectual strength and benefit – is to exercise critical thinking and judgment as often as possible during adolescence. (See my free ebook: How to Give Your Teen a Superior Mind).


2011 photo by Angela George

You know who Tiger Woods is. It’s impossible to imagine anyone on the planet who doesn’t. At the age of 37, he’s already a legend. He stormed onto the PGA tour 16 years ago, and a few months later he shocked the golfing world by winning his first Masters by 12 strokes. Since then he has broken almost every record there is in professional golf.


These days, a  hot topic for parents: teen brain development. Books have been written about it. Nearly every magazine that a parent might read, including National Geographic, has had an article about it. I have written extensively about it.


Here is the recording of my conversation with Chris Efessiou, author of the excellent parenting book, Chief Daddy Officer. In it I reveal some scary things most parents don’t know about their teenagers. For example,  that the developing brains of teenagers can be permanently damaged by alcohol and drugs. And what they need to do to give their child a superior mind, instead of a limited, simple one.

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The name of this website is “How to Raise a Teenager.” I suppose I should have named it “How to Raise an Adolescent.” But “adolescent” is a big, kind of technical-sounding word, and I felt that if I wanted to reach my audience – the parents – I needed to use the terms they use: “teenagers” or its popular brief form: “teens.”