Your child may have recently turned 10, better known as reaching double digits and you may have begun to notice some different behaviors. This is the beginning of puberty and when it becomes noticeable for most children. This can be a very challenging time for your child and for you. Some behaviors that may become more noticeable are how they are overly concerned about their appearance, school and homework may become more difficult for them to complete, and the roller coaster of mood swings. The best way to survive the preteen/teen year mood swings is to following these few tips:
- Stay Involved: The preteen years are not the time to back away from your child. Keep the lines of communication open. Check in daily and consistently have one-on-one time with your child.
- Don’t Take it Personal: When your child goes from laughing to crying in less than 5 minutes don’t overreact. Your child will have emotions are all over the place. Don’t lose your cool just walk away and address the situation later when your child is in a better mood.
- Be Understanding: These are the years children are trying to find themselves. Encourage them when they decide to do something different. Let them be an individual.
- Make Sure They Are Sleeping and Eating Right: Make sure your child is getting at the minimum 7 hours of sleep each night. You may have to remove certain devices from each night, like their cell phone or tablet so they can get enough sleep. Also, make sure your child eats plenty of nutritious foods to help keep them energized and cut back on junk food.
- Allow for Down Time: Each day allow your child to unwind especially if they participate in extracurricular activities. It is good to help your child learn to balance their schedule.
The next couple of years will be challenging. You will have days that are more difficult than others to live with your child. Be encouraged and take each day one day at a time. Don’t hold grudges about yesterday’s behavior. The best thing for the mood swings is to continue to love and support your child as they move toward being teenagers and young adults.
Written By: Tiffani Casurra, Staff Writer, Modern Domestic