If there were a mandatory parenting course for people about to have children, The Teenage Brain, by Frances E. Jensen, M.D. (with Amy Ellis Nutt) would be on the required reading list. Since my oldest child recently turned 13, entering into the tumultuous and terrifying teen years, I came across this book at the perfect time. Highlighter in hand, I pored over every page, hoping to glean a little insight into the minds of my daughter and her friends.
The sub-heading on the cover of The Teenage Brain reads “A Neuroscientist’s Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults.” While that might sound more than a little intimidating, don’t be put off. While covering everything from brain development to the effects of alcohol, tobacco and drugs on the adolescent brain, Jensen keeps her audience in