Guess What? Boys Are NOT As Organized As Girls!

Here we go with the adolescent brain again. Oh well, the more you know about it, the better off you’ll be when yours finally get there. It’s important because when it comes to the brain and behavior, there is a lot to know.

Between the two of us, we’ve had four teenaged boys and believe us when we tell you that they are not exactly the most organized beings on the planet.

In many ways adolescent boys can be amazingly mature and responsible — no question about it. BUT when it comes to getting things together (including homework assignments) they are often a little slow on the uptake.

We remember looking at our son’s rooms during adolescence and musing that perhaps a bomb had somehow gone off in there when we were busy getting dinner ready. It can be a little scary. And if you take a look at their backpacks or homework assignments, it ‘s pretty much the same thing.

But it turns out that it’s not actually their fault (not completely, anyway). According to Anna Homayoun, author of That Crumpled Paper Was Due Last Week, recent research has shown that the part of the brain devoted to multi-tasking does not develop as quickly in boys as it does in girls. And guess what? In order to do well in school, you must be able to multi-task. That really explains a lot.

So it turns out that organizational skills must be learned and practiced much more by the guys than the girls. And here’s where moms (and dads) can really lend a hand. To help those dudes get their acts together, Ms. Homayoun suggests that —

  • they have an organized space in which to study that is permanent and free from technological distractions like cell phones, ipods, instant messaging, television, etc.
  • they have a homework planner and binders for each academic subject
  • homework time is scheduled and done at the same hour each day, no excuses allowed
  • time is set aside each week for the two of you to go through their backpacks and homework folders in order to get rid of the junk and take notice of the remaining to-do items

Now that’s not to say that these strategies won’t be valuable for your daughters, too. They will, but just keep in mind that the boys will need them more.

Email This Post Email This Post

Ellen and Rachel are two old friends and “expert” mamas—one a pediatrician and one a family therapist—with fifty years of parenting experience between them.

Warning: Illegal string offset 'echo' in /home/mamasonc/public_html/mama/wp-content/themes/hybrid/library/extensions/custom-field-series.php on line 157

Leave a Reply




With One or Both of Us

Go to & for the scoop!

Phone • Internet • Your Home or Group

Watch This!

Learning about mental illness and how to talk about it is key to good parenting and healthy living. Take a look. It's oh, so common!

What You Said

  • VEHICLE DIAGNOSTIC TOOLS: If you are going for most excellent contents like me, just visit this web page every day...
  • Swipe Vault Review: Link exchange iѕ nothing eⅼsᥱ howеveг it is only placcing the other person’s website link...
  • web page: What a data of un-ambiguity and preserveness of precious familiarity regarding unexpected feelings.
  • 33Harrison: I must say it was hard to find your page in google. You write great articles but you should rank your...
  • Lisa jacobs: My daughter was in a car accident and now has a concussion. She is plan to go to Mexico City which is a...
  • sexy dresses: I go to see each day a few sites and sites to read content, except this weblog offers quality based...
  • tap sports baseball 2016 hack: Thanks for finally talking about >Pack it! Lunch Ideas Theyre Sure to Go For...
  • RF: Well my baby had her first two bottom theeth at 10 months old and i tought so far so good and then now at 11...
  • ΠΡΟΓΝΩΣΤΙΚΑ ΟΠΑΠ: It’s remarkable designed for me to have a web page, which is beneficial for my experience....
  • sportsbooktop: Please let me know if you’re looking for a writer for your site. You have some really good posts...

Just so you know

The Mama ButtonThe information provided by MamasOnCall is not intended as a substitute for professional advice, but is for information purposes only. You assume full responsibility for the health and well-being of your family. Talk with your healthcare provider about any questions you may have regarding a medical or psychiatric condition.