Ah moody teenagers! But let’s face it, we all get moody at times. As a parent of a teenager it can become that little bit more difficult in the house with an irritable and moody teenager about.
We may get the feeling that our son or daughter that we used to know has vanished and turned in to a complete stranger. It can also be a difficult time for you as a parent. But it is also an extremely difficult time for your teenager.
Below I’ve listed some ways the help you as you manage this period of your child’s life. I guess the first thing to remember is that your teen’s body is going through a lot of hormonal changes and scientific studies have shown that their brain doesn’t mature fully until they reach their early 20s. So, these moods are to be expected – you are not alone!
Tip 1: Remain Calm
If this means leaving the room, then do it. There is no point in starting an argument and saying stuff you will regret later. Of course, this is extremely difficult, but often if you leave your teenager alone, they often come out of the mood on their own. Yes, there are times when I want to wade in and shout but after doing this a few times I soon realised it was counter-productive and it was getting me more upset. My tip then is to back off and let the situation calm down. If you are finding it hard to communicate with your teenager, have a read at my top tips on communicating here.
Tip 2: Don’t Show How Frustrated You Are
Again, this is easier said than done. However, your teenager is going through a lot in terms of moods and hormones so the last thing they need is to see how this is annoying you. It can often make the situation worse. I guess what I would say is that it is not personal. So just be there for your teenager, once they have calmed down ask them for a hug. That way you are showing them you understand what they are going through and you are not annoyed at them.
Tip 3: Be There for Your Teenager
Unfortunately, as a parent of a teenager, being there for them is on their level and at a time of their choosing. That means being ready for them when their mood changes or they want you to listen. This can be difficult depending on our own mood too but the most important thing to remember is that you are the parent and as a parent we need to be ready to listen to our teenager rather than talking.
Remember that these moods will pass. Do you have any other tips on how to engage with your moody teen? Share your thoughts in the comments below, I’d love to hear them.
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