Friday, March 19, 2010

Adolescent meltdowns

If you have an adolescent (11-14 year old) then you need to read this article that Christy found.

I had a chat with my adolescent the other day, after a meltdown.  I explained to him that part of the changes going on in his body as he was growing was that he was feeling his emotions more forcefully than he had in the past.  I explained that this isn't a temporary thing, this is the new normal.  One of the skills he has to learn in order to survive and become an adult is gaining control of these emotions.

That seemed to help.  It gave him a frame of reference for future meltdowns, and helped him evaluate his own behavior.

The strategy in the above article will help, too.

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