Survival Tips for Coping With Moody Teenagers
Last year, your teen wanted your help with school activities. This year, when you talked about getting involved with school, he sneered, “Why don’t you get a job?”
Teen moods are often unpredictable. But there are things you can do to survive:
- Keep your cool—even if your teen doesn’t. Teens can get angry for no apparent reason. Actually, if your teen acts out, take it as a sign that you have a pretty good relationship—and a sign that he knows you’ll love him no matter what.
- Be there. It’s not at all uncommon for teens to want their “space.” But it's helpful to create times when you’re available for spur-of-the-moment conversations if your teen is ready to talk. One teen’s mom commented, “If I can be the first person Josh sees after school, I’ll get a full report. Otherwise, he will be telling his friends.” These conversations can happen in person or on the phone.
- Let your teen know when his behavior is not acceptable. He doesn’t have to agree with you all the time. He doesn’t have to be happy about following the family rules—but he does have to follow them. You are the parent, and you call the shots. Be clear about what is—and isn’t—acceptable behavior.
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