Dealing Effectively with Moody Teenagers
become introspective and moody around the ages of 15. It is a
time when they begin to look at themselves and think about how
they view themselves and how this perception may match or mismatch
with how others see them. They are building a self-image and will
often work through this by 16 or 17 years of age.
Confidence is the key to dealing
with these ups and downs. A child who has been confident for their
earlier lives will come out of this process just fine. It is important
however, for parents to pay attention to their teen's
mood and make sure that there are no signs of serious
depression beyond moodiness. Changes in grades, eating habits,
sleeping and grooming may be indicators of depression and too
much stress, and perhaps even drug
Parents can cope with these moods,
Parents should take the time to listen to their teen and respect
what they are going through. Praise is a good thing as well, although
it is not always favourably received. Just make sure that the
praise is meaningful and descriptive.
All of the following tips are other ways you can compliment your
teen and build self esteem.
* Respect his/her growing need for privacy in both thinking
* Encourage him/her to have his/her friends over as often as possible.
(In a way this is actually a compliment.)
* Show him/her you love her for who he/she is as a person, not
just for what he/she can achieve.
* Don't do something for him/her that he/she can do for herself.
* Don't manage his/her time for him/her; teach him/her to manage
his/her own time.
* Be accessible for conversation any time, any place.
* Brainstorm together and problem solve. Show genuine respect
for his/her ideas, even if you disagree or don't use all of them.
* Make sure he/she knows that you believe he/ she can make choices
in his/her own best long term interest.
* Show confidence in his/her judgement whenever possible.
* Expect his/her best and praise him/her for giving it.
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