The teenage brain differs to adults' in the way it processes information and resolves problems. Things that we might find a simple solution for can cause real distress to our teenagers. So how can we support them when things feel a bit too much?
Here are 5 steps to supporting your teen with an outburst of emotion:
ValidateMeet them where they are at. If they are crying, shouting, or slamming doors - allow them to let it out. Validate by describing what you see or hear:“It looks like something has upset you”“I’m here to help you work this out, if you would like that”“I’m wondering if you would like some space?"
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July 27, 2021