Blame My Brain: The Amazing Teenage Brain Revealed by Nicola Morgan

By Nicola Morgan

Opposite to renowned (parental) opinion, kids aren't the lazy, disagreeable - frankly, spotty - louts they sometimes seem to be. throughout the teenage years the mind is present process its so much radical and basic switch because the age of 2. Nicola Morgan's rigorously researched, available and funny exam of the ups and downs of the teenage mind has chapters facing robust feelings, the necessity for extra sleep, the urge to take hazards, the adaptation among genders, the explanations in the back of habit or melancholy, and what lies forward.

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Then she can retreat to the haven of her bedroom with its closed curtains and its gloomy cave-like quality. indd 61 04/03/2013 10:24 phone discussion with her friend on the subject of the rights and wrongs of Mrs Legless’s homework task. When her family goes to bed, and her mum shouts at her to turn her music down, Sam puts on her headphones and turns the music up. She’s been told it’ll damage her ears, but that’s just the sort of thing an adult would say to spoil her fun. Adults are full of scientific reasons why you shouldn’t do things.

However, I have decided that perhaps they are quite interesting. (By the way, I know lots of teenagers don’t have untidy bedrooms but let’s face it: many do…) Here’s what I think: O Teenagers usually have a very small bedroom and a lot of stuff to keep in it. You also have to do a ridiculous number of things in your room so it’s hardly surprising if it becomes a tip. O You have far more important and stressful things going on in your lives than whether your bedroom is tidy or not. O Many of you probably would like your bedroom to be tidy but the effort of tidying it is often greater than the desire for it to be tidy.

Her mum leaves and Sam struggles to keep her eyes open. She stares at her clock, trying to make sense of it. Why did her mum wake her? She’s got an­other five minutes till she has to get up. She closes her eyes. Only a second later – but really twenty minutes later – she has two parents shouting at her that she’s going to be late. She forces her eyes open, looks at the clock. indd 60 04/03/2013 10:24 Of course, Sam is tired all day at school. She can’t concentrate in maths, hates physics anyway, drifts off in history and misses the homework instructions, perks up at lunchtime, almost falls asleep in French.

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