All teens will go through a “moody” phase. In some children, you will barely notice a difference in their behavior while others will seem to be a completely different person. How, as a parent, can you handle this change in your child, and help him or her through it?
By building a relationship based on trust with your child.
For starters, the most important thing you can do is take the time to really listen to your child. Your teen is beginning to try to understand himself, the world, and how he fits into it. These are weighty issues. By being available and lending an ear – without offering judgment or complaint – you can help your child work through his issues and understand that he can trust you.
It’s also important that you respect your child’s increasing need for personal space and privacy. While every good parent knows they have to keep tabs on their child’s friends and activities, you also need to show your child you understand that he is becoming more adult and needs time to himself.
You can also establish a trustworthy relationship by showing your teen you have confidence in his decision making and abilities. Work on solving problems together, and give credence to his ideas. Teach your child that you think he is smart, and that his thoughts have merit.
By following these simple steps you will earn your teen’s love and respect, build a relationship based on trust, and be able to help him through any moodiness that arises.