This week I have marvelled at the impact that puberty has on the working of the teenage mind. As well as leading a school full of pubescents, I return home to the raging hormones of my own family. Puberty hits everyone differently, my experience is that the young people from the most stable families act out against their parents whereas those from more chaotic backgrounds act out against adult authority generally. In schools we are the puberty police, continually challenging the moodiness, selfishness and often rudeness of some of our students. We apply boundaries where there are none and we find ourselves acting as de facto parents to some of our most vulnerable students. Most young people will emerge butterfly like from their hormonal chrysalis, others I’m afraid will continue to struggle. We must remain the adults, calm, fair and firm in the eye of the storm of puberty. It is a demanding but rewarding job.

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