By Daniel J. Siegel MD
In Brainstorm, Siegel illuminates how mind improvement affects little ones’ habit and relationships. Drawing on very important new examine within the box of interpersonal neurobiology, he explores intriguing ways that knowing how the teenage mind services can assist mom and dad make what's in reality a really confident interval of progress, switch, and experimentation of their children’s lives much less lonely and distressing on each side of the generational divide.
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N: Novelty—how we seek out and create new experiences that engage us fully, stimulating our senses, emotions, thinking, and bodies in new and challenging ways. CE: Creative Explorations—the conceptual thinking, abstract reasoning, and expanded consciousness that create a gateway to seeing the world through new lenses. This is the essence of living well during adolescence and during the adult years: Emotional Spark—Social Engagement—Novelty—Creative Explorations. Adol-ESSENCE. Or: Adolescence is Adult-ESSENCE.
I feel the weight of time here and now. Is this the sadness of her leaving? The sadness of my father’s dying? Is this some sense of helplessness at the uncertainty of it all, of the only certainty in life being change itself? I, too, cannot grasp the sand in my hands, cannot stop time from moving forever forward. I sit here, now, filled with it all. I look at my daughter’s clothes and I also see in my mind’s eye a young toddler’s toys strewn in this same hallway. I feel the rhythm of the music she and I would play in her preschool years, when on Wednesdays I’d take the afternoon off from work to pick her up from school and then we’d dance the afternoon away.
To have an understanding of where another person is coming from during this developmental period helps everyone navigate it well and continue to grow. During childhood, parents are often seen as the be-all and end-all of role models. In fact, adolescence is a time when we begin to see our parents as actual people, not heroes, who have their own flaws and limitations. Perhaps seeing parents in this way helps us leave them and go out into the world. As Mark Twain once said, “When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around.