If you’ve got teenage children at Northbridge International School Cambodia, there’s a good chance you’ve found yourself looking at them and thinking “why on earth are they doing that?” Have you put your sweet, caring child to bed one night, and woken up the next morning thinking “who is this teenage monster invading my loving family home?” Perhaps you’ve yet to experience teenagers at close quarters, but passing encounters at the mall have left you with a dumbfounded expression, asking yourself, “what the…?”
If you have found yourself in one of these or similar situations, there’s a good reason: Generally speaking, we expect people to behave in a similar way to the way in which we would in a given situation. For this to happen, other people would have to view the situation and process information in a broadly similar fashion to ourselves. Teenagers don’t; their brains work differently. They are adolescents, maturing and learning to make sense of the world around them. The good news is, this is genuinely a phase they will grow out of.