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A parents guide to how the prefrontal cortex, amygdala and neurons change during adolescence.  

As if body changes aren’t enough, the tween years also bring major changes in moods, behaviors, interests, and the way they think. Suddenly, your child can sling some attitude, text without looking, and argue you to death-all at once! Many of these new “skills” are blamed on raging hormones, but the truth is that most of them are actually caused by all the shiny new neurons and hardwiring going on in your adolescent’s brain.

As recently as a few decades ago, scientists thought the brain was finished growing around age two, and “data entry” was all that happened after that. Today, through advanced medical imaging techniques, we know that the brain begins a second, large growth spurt around age twelve and finishes up in the early...

Music has the power to heal and gives us the strength the choose our “emotional tone.” The team at Girlology is encouraging mothers to give their tweens the gift of music on Valentine’s Day as a way to teach them to take charge of their inner rhythm. 

The teenage years bring about heightened academic demands, physical changes, and pressures to define one’s own identity. In addition, there is a rewiring of the brain for new emotional attachments, more advanced cognitive capabilities, and reproduction. All these changes can create intense emotions and overwhelming mood swings.  One of the first steps towards balancing those whirlwind emotions is to learn to be mindful of the positive events we can create throughout...

Back in the day, nothing said “I love you” like a mix-tape, right? So why not give your daughter a special old-school gift with a contemporary spin: a playlist of songs that can raise her spirits and her confidence.

There’s no cassette player needed. Just use our playist of girl empowering songs, add a few more of your own favorites, and burn the playlist to a CD or send it as a gift to her via itunes or spotify. Our songs are all fairly recent ones, but there are LOTS of great songs that take us back  a little... or WAY back!

An uplifting playlist is a powerful tool to keep in her emotional management toolbox. It’s also the perfect playlist to listen to in your car when you’re driving her around (or when you need the...