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Family Matters podcast: Where’s the teen urgency?

The part of the brain that helps with prioritizing and long-term thinking is still developing in teenagers, according to psychologists. .
The part of the brain that helps with prioritizing and long-term thinking is still developing in teenagers, according to psychologists. . Global News

Alberta mom and Global Edmonton executive producer, Deb Zinck, said her sons, 12 and 14, miss their bus at least once a week forcing their mom to drive them to school.

“There’s no hurry. They don’t know how to hurry,” Zinck said.

Zinck wonders where is their sense of urgency?

READ MORE: Why does it seem like teens lack a sense of urgency?

Family Matters took that question to psychologist Dr. Caroline Buzanko. She believes teens do have a sense of urgency, it’s just that their priorities are different from their parents.

WATCH BELOW: For parents of teenagers, trying to motivate them to leave the house or submit homework on time can be a constant struggle.

How to teach a sense of urgency in teens
How to teach a sense of urgency in teens

Buzanko said the part of the brain that helps with prioritizing and long-term thinking is still developing in teenagers. She said the “working memory piece” is what’s missing.

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“Things like getting started on tasks, prioritizing what’s important, making good decisions, being motivated — those are all part of the brain, which is still developing,” Buzanko said.

And, the man behind the book How to be a Productivity Ninja, Graham Allcott, shares some of his secrets to unlocking your inner productivity ninja. Surprisingly, he said it’s OK to be late.

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Connect with producer Christine Meadows:

Email: Christine.Meadows@globalnews.ca

Twitter: @CMeadowsGlobal


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