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How to Handle Your Teen Hormone Melt Downs

Door slamming and isolation. Eye rolling. Hands on hips and quick to anger. Uncontrollable, unexplainable crying.

For those parents with a tween/teen, these are some of the all-too-common signs of RAGING HORMONES.

As my tween daughter is having one of her moments, I rack my brain with the question: “Was I like this?”

The answer: yes.

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Although hormones are the chemicals that cause the physical growth and sexual development, it doesn’t make it any easier to be on the receiving end as a parent. And, as these substances seem to take hold of your tween/teen’s body, emotions, moods and sexual feelings, what is a parent to do?

Leslie Dixon, health educator, Birds & Bees Connection, who works with parents and adolescents to better understand the physical, emotional and psychological changes, offers these potentially life-saving tips:

  • Stay Calm & Don’t overreact. Remember you are a mirror for your child.
  • Find Positive Outlets. Offer positive physical outlets to release endorphins that will counteract some of the hormones issues.
  • Be Healthy & Cut Back Social Media. Make sure your tween/teen gets adequate sleep, a healthy diet, reduces stress and decreases social media usage. These will definitely improve hormonal shifts.

Dixon also reminds parents that there are several valid reasons for the hormone meltdowns.

“When they (teens/tweens) haven’t had a balance of the healthy ‘tips’ (such as too much sugar/caffeine) their body will go into overload; and when they lash out at the parent it is because they don’t have the maturity to deal with the dramatic physical and emotional changes,” she explains.

Dixon concludes, “Take the time to educate yourself, surround yourself with a good friend or partner, and spend less time on social media, and more quality time with your child.”

After all, we were teens once many, many years ago.

Dixon’s Top Teen Parent Tool Picks:

1. The Birds & Bees Connection’s extensive resource library and parent/child courses.

2. The movie “Boyhood.”

3. Dove Legacy Campaign.

Kristal Zacharias is the mother of two beautiful, vivacious girls, and wife of a hunky husband who works in the action sports industry. For the past 15 years, Kristal has worked for several Fortune 500 companies as a professional communicator. Follow her journey at Clearly Kristal or on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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