“Simply the best book I have ever read about adolescence.” - Martin E. P. Seligman, Ph.D., author of The Optimistic Child

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Adolescence now lasts longer than ever, and the adolescent brain is surprisingly malleable. These new discoveries make this time of life crucial in determining a person’s ultimate success and happiness. They also require us to change how we parent, educate, and understand young people. Laurence Steinberg draws on a trove of fresh evidence — including his own groundbreaking research — that explains the teenage brain’s potential for change, rivaling that of the infant and toddler years, and offers new strategies for instilling resilience, self-control, and other beneficial traits among young people. He also shows what the new timetable of adolescence means for dealing with thirteen-year-olds (who may be less mature than they look) versus twenty-somethings (who may not be floundering even when they seem to be). Age of Opportunity is a myth-shattering book in the tradition of Reviving Ophelia, and an essential guide for parents, educators, and anyone else who cares about young people.


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