Monday, March 30, 2009

Girl's Brains

When I was teaching, I read all the latest and greatest books and articles that I could about science and how it affected our society today. Well, I am not teaching anymore. Because of that, sometimes I feel like my brain is going to mush or I feel that I am very out of the loop.

One area that I have decided to stay current on is brain research. How the brain works. More importantly, apply the brain research to raising my family. I have a 20 month old who's brain FASCINATES me, and I want to know what is going on. WHY she does the things she does.

Adolescent brains can be a little...scary. Nonetheless, they are incredible and I want to be able to steer my daughter in the right direction when she reaches that age. There are biological "tricks" to raising your daughters at any age, if you understand what their brain is going through.

My favorite brain-researcher-gone-psychologist is a woman named Dr. JoAnn Deak. She wrote this book:

In it, she talks about exactly what the title says - and how to do it effectively. The part I devour is WHY her advice works - it's because of the biological development behind a young woman's brain. She has combined her psychology background with her brain research background and created a magical hybrid of advice to help anyone listen, react, and guide their daughters.

As I learn, I will share with you!