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.com 9 P A R E N T I N G No nonsense parenting ideas that really stick For more with Dr. Jensen, go to ParentsCanada.com/teenagebrain Comedian and actor Caroline Rhea is one of Montreal's most successful comedy exports. Known for roles on Sabrina, the Teenage Witch and as the voice of the mom, Linda Flynn, on Disney's Phineas and Ferb, she continues to bring a much-needed female edge to the comedy scene. She lives in New York with her daughter. The minute you become a mother it's like the world turns on in colour, like in The Wizard of Oz. I now fully understand why there are a million books on sleep. My daughter Ava is six. When she was two she inspired me back into stand up. I decided that until she was in Grade 1, I wasn't going to travel a lot. Now I've got a whole new show and I'm going to be back on the road this year. Ava is incredibly polite, I think it's based on her being part Canadian. I think it's off putting when a kid is not well mannered. I feel like I'm perpetually in my 40s. I keep telling Ava, "Mommy is 49, that's the only number you have to learn." I'm completely messing her up! I think a lot about my health and taking care of myself, maybe because I am a bit older than some mothers of six-year-olds. It's like when you're on a ship, if you don't have your life vest on, you can't help anyone else. So I like to be prepared. I'm one of those moms who likes to be prepared for an emergency. I've got batteries in all my fl ashlights, and Aspirin in my purse. If you think you're having a heart attack, taking one can save your life. No kidding. as told to J A N I C E B I E H N T H AT ' S W H AT Said. A single teaspoon of seawater contains about 5 million living creatures. CAROLINE RHEA a work in PROGRESS As a mother of two 20-somethings, University of Pennsylvania neurologist Dr. Frances E. Jensen is a confessed "survivor" of raising teens. Her new book, The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist's Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults, outlines why teens sometimes make bad decisions. It's because the brain isn't fully formed until about age 25. We asked her to share three big ideas from her book. 1. What's different between teens now and 30 or 40 years ago? The range of choice that they have. The Internet, media and social media provide so many distractions, they're exposed to a lot. They have a relative weakness in controlling impulses and judgment because there are too many choices. 2. Intelligence is not fi nite; it can increase over time. Many cultures "stream" teens around age 13 into academic or vocational programs depending on their shown aptitudes and intelligence. To close the door on opportunities at that age may be a bit premature. Kids can really come into their own, change, become smarter in high school. 3. Help make choosing post-secondary options less stressful for your teen. If you're adding to their stress, not only do you increase the chances that they'll have anxiety or depression later, you're also impairing their ability to learn. Tarte Tartelette Matte Palette, at Sephora $53 Kaia Naturals Juicy Bamboo Natural Facial Cleansing Cloths, at Holt Renfrew and kaianaturals.com $16 LACC Beauty Vegan-Friendly Nail Colour, at Shoppers Drug Mart $13 Physician's Formula Organic Wear BB Mascara, at fi ne drug and mass-market stores nationwide $16 E C O - C H I C Make your beauty routine a bit greener with these kind-to-the-earth products. kindness ISSUE THE

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