Raging Hormones In Teenagers its something we have all had to deal with either through our own experiences growing up or with our own teenage children. I’m 41 so it has been a long time since I experienced it. Through my own reading and talking with friendsit’ss definitely apparent that children are experiences hormone changes much younger in comparison to when I was younger. So how as parents do we support our children through this tough stage of growing up?
Raging Hormones In Teenagers
My experiences have been to try and be very empathetic with my 3 teens. Its such a new experience for them and probably a very confusing time. Once there was an innocent and angelic child who now has to cope with body changes and the rage of hormones which bring there own host of new experiences. Underneath that new tough exterior is that child who wishes to revert back. (I know I did) With hormones also comes attitude, I try and see through this new found strength to say what we want, to sit back and listen, to try and see it through their eyes. So what can we do to try and make the teenage years a little easier?
Preempt The Inevitable
I would definitely recommend starting the chat long before things start to happen especially in girls. Yes it’s not a chat we want to have with our children but it is a must. They will get embarrassed and giggle but just keep the conversation flowing. Explain the changes that will occur in their bodies. For girls, the period chat is always welcomed with a treat box, filled with goodies, sanitary products, hot water bottle etc and any online info so they can read up themselves. My girls both started with sanitary towels and will make the change over when/if they want.
I have found that sitting back and letting them chat the best way to move forward. We all get much better when I allow them to chat about their feelings/issues. It also builds a great positive relationship and they know they can chat with you about anything.
Monthly Treat Boxes For Girls
As mentioned above we did a treat box at the start for the girls. But a monthly treat box is another way to go as well. You don’t have to sign up for the online ones, you can easily create a cheap one yourself. Including sanitary products, hot chocolate and a few chocolate bars. (all the things that we crave at that time of the month)
Encouraging Good Hygiene
At times I have had to seriously encourage washing in my gang. But if you set a good daily routine and explain the importance of good hygiene early on your children should get in a good flow. Until you reach the stage when you actually cant get them out of the bathroom lol. With my girls around the puberty stage, we introduced razors for underarm and leg hair. We have hygiene baskets in the children’s bathroom which have all they need for keeping on top of body cleaning, I then top up when required. With the girls, a few nice bath bombs for pamper night are welcomed 🙂 plus a lovely selection of body lotions/creams. The girlier the better.
I think as long as you the adult are prepared for whats ahead, prep in advance but also learn to become a good listener you guys should cope relatively well with the Raging Hormones In Teenagers. Yes, there will be ups and downs and curveballs along the way as long but I always put those down to experience and a learning curve. We as parents learn every day and we only want whats best for our tribe 🙂