A new acquaintance sends her son to drop off some things at my house.
I open the door to see a really tall boy standing there. He looks well built and has a really nice deep voice
I assume he is in the 10th grade.
I speak to him accordingly.
And he leaves.
Some hours later my daughter tells me that she knows that boy.
She laughs.... 10th grade?.... Hahahaha
He is only 12 years old!!
He is in the sixth grade!
Height can really alter your perception of a child so much!!
It can make you treat a small child like a full grown adult.
I see many parents do this.
As their teens grow taller... They expect adult behavior from them.
But teens must not be treated like that.
They must be treated like children.
Because with their brains undergoing renovation and reconstruction during adolescence.... they are likely to sometimes behave like toddlers.
They need the respect you would give an adult... Along with the understanding you would reserve for a toddler.
Learning about the changes happening in the brains of teens is key to this understanding.
And I am thrilled that I am able to facilitate this understanding through my workshops
Building empathy and compassion all around is what motivates me every day