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Coping With Your Teenager's Mood Swings

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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 teenís mood.  The truth is, you probably didnít do anything wrong at all.  Your teenís 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 the  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 teenís 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 your teenís mood swings all together, you can use these techniques to help both you and your teen learn to cope:

  • Encourage your teen to talk to you when they feel upset or overwhelmed. Let them know that you are there for them, and that you have experienced those same feelings from time to time. 

  • If your teen doesnít want to talk, encourage them to express their feelings in a creative way, such as painting, drawing, or writing.  Let them know that they can keep this private, that they do not need to show anyone.  Once they get their frustrations out, they will feel a lot better and will be able to move on.

  • Try not to react to your teenís mood swings. Sometimes, they say things just to get a reaction. If you ignore the bait, they may change their attitude.

  • If you and your teen do get into an argument, diffuse the situation by getting up and taking a break.  When both you and your child are calmed down, you can finish discussing the issue.

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 childís life as much as possible, because these years will go by very fast. 

Next Steps

  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.

  2. If you're gearing up for another summer with your teen and want to dread trying to keep them occupied, happy and out of trouble, check out School's Out for plenty of expert resources to make it a great summer.


 

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