- Their reactions are not necessarily a bad attitude, character flaw, manipulation or rebellion.
- It is likely they are really forgetting their homework and chores
- They are as confused by their behavior as you are
The onset of adolescence occurs 18 months prior to puberty or as early as age 8 or 9. When your child’s hormones that lead to adult maturity are beginning the stages of growth, the adolescent brain enters a development phase that decreases activity in the frontal lobe of the brain. When this occurs, the changes that parents see in their children are very significant. These behaviors are very frustrating to the parents let alone the child. These three things will help you understand the changes in your adolescent: