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Old 03-04-2008, 12:10 PM   #41
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Just an fyi...

The frontal lobe of the brain isn't fully wired until well into your 20's. That means that:
1) critical thinking isn't the strong point of a teen, so keep that in mind when you wonder why so many of them act so stupid.

2) your brain is going to wire up in direct relation to how it's being trained. For instance, world-class pianists have a much stronger wiring between their auditory and motor controls. So, Nords, getting your kid to repeatedly exercise that frontal lobe is going to pay off handsomly now and down the road.

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Old 03-04-2008, 04:16 PM   #42
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My father's favorite, when asked by us if we could do something clearly outrageous, was to say "Just do whatever you think is right."

Worked every time.

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When DD was younger, we used the line: "Remember every choice has consequences, some of which may be life changing. We're not going to tell you you can't do (fill in the blank), but if you CHOOSE to do (fill in the blank), you better be prepared to also face the consequences -- good and bad -- of your decision."

I knew we finally hit a nerve when I heard her repeating the line to one of her friends on the phone!

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