by Troop Atomic Mommy
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Teenagers certainly keep parents on their toes. If they are not coming home passed curfew, then they are acting moody, or isolating themselves from the world. The dreaded teenage years can sometimes feel like you are talking to a brick wall. They do want your help and support, but aren’t sure how to deal with their emotions. Here’s how to help your teen overcome four common problems.
If you are lucky enough to have a daughter then that time of the month could be fast approaching. Make sure you have prepared them for this mentally and emotionally, as it can be quite scary when it arrives for the first time. Even if you have spoken to them about every little detail, the event can still be a shock. If they come home and tell you their menstruation has started, provide a supportive and non-judgmental space to chat about it. Give them space to cope with this new stage in their life. You can even treat them to ice cream, or watch their favorite movie with them.
Something that hits most teenagers is acne. Unfortunately, this is due to those pesky hormones raging around their bodies. If your teen seems down or lacking in confidence due to their breakouts, do your best to support them. Remind them of their beauty, inside and out, and provide support by asking them what their expectations are of you. If they suffer from bad acne and regular breakouts then it may be worth taking a trip to a dermatologist, as they may need stronger creams or lotions than what is available over-the-counter.
Once a teen’s adult teeth have come through, molars are often not far behind. This can cause crowding or crookedness, making smiling a bit awkward. If you notice a deficiency in confidence or socializing because of this, it may be worthwhile to take a trip to an orthodontist so they can provide some professional support and guidance.
#4 Mental Health
Hormonal changes in a teen’s body can also bring about mental health issues. And while this is quite normal, not all mental health concerns should be easily brushed off. If you notice something is off with your teen, talk to them in an honest and comforting manner. Monitoring mental health in adolescents is supremely important as it can escalate quite quickly if left unchecked. If you feel your teen needs professional support then offer it to them. If they say not right now, then understand they may not be ready for an outsider to interfere, and this means that you must simply be there for them. Remember, your teen is just trying to find their way in life, and it can be a big, scary, daunting world out there.
We hope this article gives you some reassurance that you are not parenting alone. Remember, helping your teen overcome some of these common problems is important. So work with your teen to ensure they are living happily and healthily.