It cannot be said enough: dealing with emotional teens is never easy. Thankfully, there are several tactics that parents can use to make the process easier.
Here are a few tactics to try the next time you are dealing with a stressed or moody teen:
Stop And Listen - Make sure that you give your child a chance to say his or her piece before spouting off about how they should handle a situation. Make sure to take the time to let your child vent their frustrations and disappointments to you. For some teens, knowing that you care about their problems and are interested in what is going on in their lives is enough to turn their mood around.
Talk It Out – Talk with your teen on a regular basis about everything that is going on in their lives. Whether their problems are with anger or depression, getting to the bottom of things together and providing them with feedback will certainly be more effective than ignoring a problem and hoping they outgrow it as an adult. By opening up the lines of communication, you may be able to get inside their mind and see just what has effected their disposition in such a drastic way, to better help them resolve their problems.
Show Your Love — A little bit of love and attention can go a long way. Even though they might think that they are too old to come running to mommy for a hug and kiss to make everything better, deep down, sometimes that is exactly what they want to do. Anticipate this reaction and offer a hug or a shoulder to cry on, whenever you notice your child is struggling with a depressed mood.
Even though they might be treating you somewhat poorly, just reminding them that you love them can show them that no matter how they feel and what they are going through, you are there for them and care about them. As hard as it can be sometimes to respond to a poor attitude that way, it is extremely necessary.
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