Understanding Teen Moodiness

moodinessMood swings are definitely common in the teen set and are due to many factors.

Knowing when your child needs help though is key. Here are some signs that your child’s moodiness might need attention:

*You are walking on eggshells all the time.
*Interactions become explosive on a more regular basis.
*Your child threatens to engage in behaviors that “scare” you; for example, threatening suicide, cutting etc.
*Your child’s moods are negatively affecting everyone in the family.
*Your child withdraws, has a change in appetite, sleeps more or less, stops communicating.

Address your own moodiness. Do you consider yourself emotionally regulated? What do you do when you are dysregulated? What are you modeling to your child?

It is so important to think about these things and modify your own behavior if necessary.

How much one on one time do you spend with your teen? Sometimes the relationship between a parent and a teen becomes one which is only centered around conflict. Re-evaluate your time in relationship to your child regularly.

Think about how present you are when you are with your teen. Are you always on your phone or doing other things? What are the parameters within your family about your teen and their own phone use? Boundaries for everyone sets the family up for positive interactions.

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