Sleep is food for the brain. During sleep, important body functions and brain activity occur. Skipping sleep can be harmful — even deadly, particularly if you are behind the wheel.
Tantrums, defiance, moodiness, intense emotions, impulsive and reckless conduct. Sometimes it may be hard to believe, but no, your teenager is not an alien being from a distant planet. Your teen may be taller than you and seem mature in some respects, but often they are simply unable to think things through on an adult level.
In high school, many teens with ADHD are just trying to get by. The first step to helping your teenager with ADHD plan for his future is to think about your definition of success. Your goal should be helping your son or daughter find a career that he or she can enjoy, and that will provide excitement every day.
Acting out, or rebellious behavior is a pattern of exhibiting inappropriate behavior to cover up deeper feelings or issues including fear, pain, or loneliness. Teens are well known for demonstrating how they feel through their misbehavior rather than through talking about it straightforward. Originally the term acting out was used by Freud to describe certain behaviors that occur during the process of psychotherapy.
Consider all the mechanisms that go into developing oral-motor skills, appetite, sensory and taste sensitivities, social conditioning around food and meals, body image for older kids—the list goes on. Family meals are paramount; good manners are important, and otherwise you trust that your kids will learn to sample the various foods on the table in their own good time. I wrote about using this method with my preschooler and baby a few years ago if you want to see how the division of responsibility plays out in real life.
For some parents, the question of when to introduce their teen to alcohol is a major decision. Young teenagers may begin to show interest in alcohol and ask to try your drink — but should you let them? Until the early 20s, the brain is growing and forming all the critical parts it needs for learning, memory, planning, thinking, and emotional stability. Drinking alcohol as a teen can disrupt brain development during this critical phase of growth.
Does your child go through intense mood changes? Does your child have extreme behavior changes? Does your child get much more excited and active than other kids his or her age?