Teenage is that exciting age for kids that they’ve been awaiting, where they start feeling like they’re finally growing up and can indulge in all the grown up stuff. While it may be very empowering to their innocent minds, they suddenly face a lot of bodily changes that often become hard to handle without completely losing their minds.
The hormonal changes are so massive that they’re perpetually appearing to be affecting the moods in a rather gruesome way of these young minds. So if your teenage child is throwing a lot of tantrums that you’ve never seen in their entire growing up phase so far, there’s absolutely nothing to worry about, it’s as normal as it gets. The rush of hormones combined with many other psychological factors leaves them angry, aggressive, depressed, anxious, conscious and really embarrassed of just about everything, including you sometimes.
I’ll briefly explain these hormonal changes to you separately for girls and boys:
Among teenage girls, hitting puberty involves a substantial change in body shape, growth of body hair, change in reproductive organs and beginning of their menstrual cycle. Oestrogen and Progesterone are responsible for these and Testosterone is what is responsible for triggering the increase of female hormones.
Among teenage boys on the other hand, it is Testosterone that contributes to increase in height, cracking and deepening of the voice, growth of excessive body hair and changes in their reproductive organs. Oestrogen is what helps in the production of Testosterone.
The reason that teenagers have these hormones flooding their body into driving them crazy is that it is needed for the desired physical change necessary according to age, these hormones settle down once the changes are done taking place.
However, hormones alone aren’t to be blamed for your child slowly driving you mad, there are many psychological factors too. Accepting change is never easy and they practically go through accepting their changing bodies, changing looks and changing lifestyles, they themselves feel irritated by how they feel and are usually very conscious of whatever happens to them. They end up requiring more positive attention, validation and love instead of taunting nagging elders when they’re already facing enough. It may seem like a very trivial first world problem to a few, but it’s probably the biggest thing that’s happened to the kids at that age, considering that most kids of the readers here have been in a protected environment all along and haven’t faced difficulties of life either.
If in all likelihood your teenage child is going through this phase that appears nothing short of madness to you, you needn’t worry, just be patient and compassionate towards them, try keeping the generation gap aside and talking to them on their terms and understanding their state of mind. This will ease the phase for you and them since your bond will grow stronger and they will subconsciously know that you have their back while you’ll hopefully peacefully sail through these years.