• Welcome to Your Teenager's Brain

  • By: Abigail Baird
  • Narrated by: Abigail Baird
  • Length: 4 hrs and 37 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (756 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Teenagers are a breed of their own. They speak their own language, they abide by their own rules, and they seem to exist to drive adults crazy. But adolescence is a typical stage of human development that is the essential preparation for success in the adult world. The more you understand about your teen’s brain, the better prepared you will be to handle this turbulent time in your child’s life.

Professor Abigail Baird has devoted the majority of her career to studying adolescence, and in this Audible Original, she shares the latest perspectives on this amazing time of cognitive and behavioral growth. The 10 lectures in this series will reveal that adolescent behavior is much easier to understand than most people think. Rather than seeing the teen years as a crucible to be endured by parents and young people alike, this series offers a practical perspective for adults who hope to help teens truly thrive in their personal journeys to adulthood - not merely to survive their adolescence. 

Whether you are a parent, someone who works with teens, or even a teen yourself, this course will shed new light on a period of human development that is all too often incorrectly described as a time where psychological peril is inevitable.

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About the Creator and Performer

Abigail A. Baird is the Arnhold Family Professor of Psychological Science at Vassar College, and the Principal Investigator of the Laboratory for Adolescent Science. She earned her undergraduate degree from Vassar College and both an MA and a PhD from Harvard University.
The primary focus of Dr. Baird’s research is developmental neuroscience, with a particular focus on the changes in reasoning and decision-making that take place during adolescence. An award-winning teacher, she is also a highly sought-after public speaker, providing lectures and training sessions to a wide range of groups who work with adolescents. She is the author of two books, and her research has been featured in many popular media outlets such as TIME magazine, The New York Times, Discover magazine, National Geographic, and Scientific American.

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Excellent Lecture Series

I am raising my 5th and final teenager and this book gave me so much knowledge! I wish I had read it while I was raising my first teen. The author makes neuroscience easy to understand and completely fascinating. I was disappointed when it was over.

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Anyone raising a teenager will benefit

from this series. Informative, thoughtfully explained, and easy to understand. My kids are 18 and 20 now and I wish I had access to the ideas presented here earlier.

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So helpful

When your first child turns 17 do one of two things; move to Siberia or read this book.

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Listen to the whole program

This author had the appropriate tone of a friend speaking to you and trying to comfort you in dealing with a teenager. As a PhD from Harvard, she cites research along with her own experience to assure anyone who has a teenager in his or her life that teenage -hood is not pathological, rather an amazing time of learning, akin to the toddler years. She drew important parallels between these two times in human development.

I liked her story about the cockroach and how in some cultures, cockroaches are food while in the American culture, cockroaches are a disgusting insect to be killed as quickly as possible. Her point in this anecdote was that we learn things not necessarily by being told them specifically, but by observing how people around us act. I also like her opinion the teens need freedom to experiment and learn on their own. I felt that she did not address risks quite enough. She never talked about teenage sex, which can be a problem if a teenager catches an STD,impregnates someone, gets pregnant, etc. I know I’m not allowed to be upset that this story is one thing and not another, but I think sex should have been addressed.

Overall, I recommend this program, but do listen to it all the way through as she addresses mental health problems at the end and what to do about them. In short, her opinion is that a parent knows the teen better than anyone else, and that parents should trust their guts. The problem with this is what if the parent him or herself is messed up? She strongly advises against a parent acting like a friend, but what if a parent already is acting like a friend, and is too immature to do otherwise? No book or program can be perfect or completely comprehensive; this one was addressed to a responsible parent.

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A must read for parents, grandparents and teachers!

I want to first thank the author for her clear and well organized approach to this often confusing topic. As a therapist who is working with the anxiety of parents caught up raising teenagers in a world so different than the one that they grew up in, I found it a perfect tool to augment our sessions. All the reassurance in the world can not beat actual knowledge. If you know anyone who has a teenager - gift them with this book.

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Translating the Teen Brain 101

This 10 part lecture series is any parents key to unlocking the steel, chain heavy, sunken to the bottom of the ocean box of teen emotions. Each lecture breaks down crucial aspects on teen development. The why, how and when, these emotions are not only normal but necessary to promote effective developmental progress. Upon completion of this can’t miss an episode series, you will feel enlightened, relieved, and confident in a never before felt way, about the changes taking place within your teen and how to help them navigate life’s joys, disappointments, and opportunities for growth. My favorite quote from the series is, "I’m not trying to control you, I am here to help you learn how to control yourself.”

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Brilliant!!!

A fantastic listen and such an eye opener for teen parents. Mrs. Baird narrate her work in a fun and personal way. I enjoyed ir very much.

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very informational

it reflects on what I've been researching
that helps me and other people understand it's meeting

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Must listen for parents of teens

I loved this great course. I will be listening to it again. It is not a parenting guide or advice podcast. It is a scientific look at adolescence and to paraphrase the author - we study child growth and development as a society extensively. However those studies tend to focus exclusively on the early and school age years. Adolescence is an essential phase of human growth and development and we should understand it better. I really appreciated so many lectures but 4 and 9 particularly stood out to me.

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Great 👍 information

Very helpful and insightful! Not only to parents, but for teachers, adolescents leaders etc. will recommend.

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  • Brian M
  • 07-15-22

Very informative and easy to listen to!

I've been struggling to understand my teen son but this book really helped me! It's broken down into easy chunks and topics and the narrator is superb and engaging. I can't recommend this book enough, it's given me loads to go away with and put to practice (and also just to understand what's happening to my boy).

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  • Lynne
  • 07-08-22

Very enlightening

Made me rethink a lot of adult reasonings about thing like social media importance and I definitely see there need for it in a different light. Worth a read/listen for sure

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  • VJS
  • 06-21-22

WOW - Thank you 😊

Abigail Baird is very easy to listen to and she has a brilliant way of talking about teenagers. I love audio books and this has taught, reminded and reassured me so much. I'm going to be much more relaxed when helping my teen.

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  • Sam
  • 10-14-21

Very insightful

An interesting listen. Very helpful in understanding why they behave the way they do.

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  • Mishap
  • 08-24-21

enjoy this very informative

enjoyed listening to the teenage brain interesting and informative.. Will us some tips and tricks along the way thanks

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-27-21

Interesting insight into my teen

Parents of teenagers need this book. It is easy to understand with real world examples. The author explains the biology behind development. Most importantly it reassured me that my teen is normal.

I will be listening to this again very soon.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-20-21

Great - scientific yet understandable

A good practical book for understanding more about what contributes to teens’ behaviours and experiences. I’d recommend this to parents, teachers and anyone who has much interaction with adolescents.