Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Dealing With Teens Mood Swings

Some first time mom's and dads thought that perhaps the most crucial and difficult stage of parenting is when the children are just babies. Yes, this stage is indeed crucial for all parents, but think again. Babyhood is not the only time when your kids need a lot of attention and supervision. Once your kids reach the adolescent or teen stage, they surely need a lot of guidance and supervision from both parents.

There are a number of things that parents need to understand and deal with about their teenagers. One of these is none other than teens' mood swings. All teens tend to become so moody during their teenage years. Parents can go nuts trying to understand their teens' rocky mood swings. They may feel happy and active one day, the next day they feel lonely and upset.

The crazy and sometimes in explainable mood swings of your teens can definitely affect the rest of your family. What you should do is to come up with ways on how to best understand and deal with situations when your teenagers are in their usual moody fits.

Below are some tips that can help you in dealing with your teens' ever-changing moods:

1. Talk with them.

Communication is a must in all types of relationships, including parents to children bond. Hence, it is a must for you to regularly talk to your teens for this will help you find out about their feelings and how they are doing at school. By talking to your teenagers, they will see that you care and show interest in how they are. Always keep an open communication between you and your teens. In time, you'll see that they will open up with you more often.

2. Listen to them.

Of course when you talk to your teenagers, you also need to listen to them. It is not good when you only talk and not listen on what your teens have to say. By listening well to your teens while they are talking to you, you will get to understand what triggers their mood swings as well as help them deal with their changing moods. Hence, always and always lend an open ear to your teens whenever they want to talk to you.

3. Support them.

Generally, teens are moody whenever they feel like something is not working the way they planned or someone or something is going their way. In this situation, it is best to show your teenagers that you are always there to support them. Do not give them advise, only if they ask for it. When you are truly supportive of your children, this can surely lessen their mood swings.

4. Give them space.

Another helpful way to deal with your teens mood swings is to simply give them space. All teenagers need this, for this is their time alone to think about the things or events that triggered their sudden change in mood. Let them wok things out on their own. Also, if they prefer to talk to their friends rather than with you, do not get mad or frustrated. Just let your teens be.

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