Need help dealing with Teen Mood Swings? Well here are a few tips and pointers to help you. MS is enough to deal with, so why not let Aurelia help you?
By Aurelia Williams, author of Understanding Your Teen
If you are the parent of a teenager, you are familiar with mood swings. One minute, your teen is happy and loving, the next they are sullen or angry. These mood swings can happen fast and can seem to come out of nowhere and it's one of the reasons I created my Understanding Your Teen Guide.
You may find yourself wondering what you did or said to cause this shift in your teen’s mood. The truth is, you probably didn’t do anything wrong at all. Teen mood swings are normal, and there is not much that can be done to stop it.
Your teen is slowly becoming an adult and they are developing the skills they need to handle the pressures of the adult world, but this process takes time. They may have a school project due, have chores around the house to complete, and then they get into an argument with their best friend.
Some of these things may seem silly or trivial, as you have work to do and a lot more housework on top of that. Try to remember that your teen’s brain is still growing and they may simply not have the ability to handle all of those pressures and keep a smile on their face at all times.
While you may not be able to end teen mood swings all together, you can use these techniques to help both you and your teen learn to cope:
At times, it can seem like your teen is from a foreign country. They have different behavior and customs and sometimes, and sometimes it can seem as though they are speaking a different language.
Even though there are difficult times, try to enjoy this period of your child’s life as much as possible, because these years will go by very fast.
1. To gain a little more patience and whole lot more understanding of your teen, pick up Aurelia's Real Life Guidance to Understanding Your Teen - it's a lifesaver for so many parents.
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