Are They Children, or Aren’t They?


by Joe Messina

A study released last week showed that adolescence now ends at age 25. Because of these findings, child psychologists can now work with these “children” until that age. According to the study, young people were experiencing an inferiority complex as a result of pressure to leave the home by age 18 or achieve other key milestones by that age.

Psychologists have decided that there are three stages of adolescence. Early adolescence ranges from ages 12 through 14. Middle adolescence spans ages 15 through 17. Anyone aged 18 or over was classified as late adolescence.

Being the layperson that I am, phase one has a three year span, phase two has a three year span, and phase three covers eight years. Does this make sense?

Researchers feel the brain has not completed development until midway into the 20’s and, in some cases, into the 30’s. Amazing!

Psychologists suggest we should not rush kids through adolescence but rather allow them to develop over the natural course of things. Really?

So, now they are telling us we shouldn’t rush kids to make decisions, get a driver’s license, or a job or try to reach any of those traditional milestones that help strengthen our children in preparation for adulthood. Aren’t these the same psycho-babble-ists that told us in the 80’s that we shouldn’t score the games our kids played, no one wins or loses, no grades at school, everyone gets a trophy? And now we’re finding out that implementing these practices actually set our kids back and made it worse on them.

Since when was 18 years-old too young to get a job and help pay for your car or insurance? Since when was 18 or 16 or 14 too young to get a paper route?

I know some lefty is going to call me a stuck up, Bible thumping conservative that doesn’t believe in science and can’t understand the concept of cognitive brain development.

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