Adolescent Development and Trends

Resources from
"Tweens and Teens" Presentation: Adolescent Development and Trends, and Parenting Tips (March 2014)

What to Expect: Ages 10-14‚Äč

Young teens are going through such dramatic changes… Strong support will help
them develop the confidence they need to make healthy choices.  Read details
about the intellectual, physical, social, emotional and spiritual development of
this unique age group.


The Coping Brain of the 9-12 Year-Old

The Brain Works and Coping Skills Classroom Project has collected research
on what keeps adolescents from being able to cope with and get over their
anger and sadness. This website offers preventive education strategies
designed to strengthen emotional resilience and self-acceptance.


Talking With Your Teen

Dr. Carol Maxym offers a tool to spark quality conversation with your teenager. 
From Frontline’s “Inside the Teenage Brain” – you can view the whole program
on-line for the science behind the mystery.


Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg, WW-P Guest Speaker in 2013

Dr. Ginsburg ties together his clinical practice, teaching, research and advocacy
efforts in building on the strength of teenagers by fostering their internal
resilience. His goal is to translate the best of what is known from research and
practice into practical approaches parents, professionals and communities can
use to prepare children and teens to thrive. Great tips here, and for the
bibliophiles links to his books.


Building Good Relationships and Rapport

One of the biggest struggles between parents and their teenage children is their
ability to relate to one another. It can be difficult for the two parties to develop
positive working relationships, simply due to the nature of teenage development
and the process of parenting. Check out for tips and more tips.


Inside the Teenage Mind: Sex, School and Social Media 

In the TODAY show’s special series, 10 teens ages 13 to 17 talk about how they
navigate peer pressure, drugs, alcohol and sex.  “Teens face issues that are a
lot different from 20 or 30 years ago and our lives are a lot different from our
parents,” Luis said.  Check out this short video for more insightful viewpoints.


The Partnership at 

“Parents have more influence over their child than friends, music, TV, the Internet and
celebrities,” from the Partnership at  For more fun, click on the “Is My Teen’s
Behavior Normal?” link.