Hang in there, parents: Brain science shows teen annoyance part of normal development

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“Teens have a hard time modulating emotions,” says Dr. Alene Toulany, adolescent medicine pediatrician at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. Photo: Pexels


(Michelle Ward/ Toronto Star) — As many mothers of young children are celebrated with homemade cards and sticky kisses for Mother’s Day, moms of teens may be wondering why their kids just seem irritated by their presence.

“My daughter is the best eye roller in the world. I think most things I do annoy her,” says Katherine Henderson, clinical psychologist in Ottawa.

She and other experts say that if this is happening in your home, it is normal and maybe even a sign of a healthy mother-child relationship. The science of teen brain development explains it too. (…)

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