Mood changes in puberty
Puberty is a difficult time for adolescents. A lot of changes occur in the body. They now have to deal with acne and body odor, thus they feel self-conscious. Children now encounter new situations and feelings which can affect their psychological and emotional wellbeing.
Adolescents may also find puberty to be a very confusing time. They’re coping with changes in their body. That is why it is very likely for children to experience a rollercoaster of emotions during puberty. They may exhibit sudden mood swings or aggression. They may also develop low self-esteem or body image issues. In some cases, they develop depression. During these times, guidance and support from parents is important.
As hormones are racing, your teen may become more sexually aware and explore their bodies and their feelings towards others. Be open to your child about how puberty affects their bodies so they know what to expect and do not fear or feel confused by any of the emotions and physical changes they’re undergoing.
At this time, it may also be a good idea to give them the talk about sex. Remember, sharing good, accurate information is better than spreading fear and misunderstanding, as these will greatly affect how they see themselves, understand sex and relationships, consent, and the like.
If you are a parent of a child going through puberty, you may face some challenges along with your child. That is why it is important to keep open communication. It is also important to communicate rules clearly and with expectations. Also, remember that it is important to the child during this time to have some independence but you also need to clearly set and communicate limits.
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