In this first episode of a three-part series on brain-based parenting, we are joined by Dr. Crystal Collier, psychotherapist and author of The NeuroWhereAbouts Guide. The idea of brain-based parenting is helping so many parents better understand several important roles they play in their kids’ lives. Understanding this concept can help reduce the risk of underage drinking and drug use and empower brain development as kids move towards becoming fully functioning adults.
In part one, we discuss the “building of a brain,” and what executive function looks like at different ages - elementary middle, and high school, and beyond. In the second episode we learn how to protect the brain, the role of dopamine in human development, and something called the hedonic threshold. Finally, in episode three, we talk about tips, tools, and techniques that can help parents in these efforts.
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