I really need to remember that the frontal lobe of the brain does not fully develop until age 25. When we were in Denver we attended a seminar and the presenter asked, "How many of you have a kid between the ages of 15 and 17? She was pointing out what a difficult age that is. And we have FIVE that age. AAAAAAH.
I cannot understand why they do what they do. Four of the six kids we have under 18 are our "easy" kids, but I just don't get it. They make such dumb choices and the reasons they come up for for why they do things are so ... well, for lack of a better word .. STUPID that it makes me shudder to hear them.
I'm not talking about brains that are clouded with FASD or mental illness. Just teenage brains. And teenage girl brains... somehow even more foggy than the boys.
ANd yet I keep trying to reason with them, to figure it out, to modify their thinking and my head is so sore from beating it against brick ALL DAY LONG.
Is there another option other than just waiting until they grow up? Is there a way to push them towards faster frontal lobe development? If so, I need to do it!!!!