How to Cope Up with Emotional Changes During Puberty
Puberty is one of the most inevitable physical change in transition of a child to a teenager. Even though puberty is considered as a sign of a teenage, puberty in girls may occur around age of 10 and up and for boys, age of 11 and up. Both can have a delayed puberty as well. In this phase of development children experience physical, emotional, social, psychological changes.
The question is, are children emotionally ready for these changes?
It is important that children of ASPAM IIS – Schools in Sharjah should be made aware that puberty occurs naturally and this biological change happens in every human being and puts up various changes in the human body and mind. Creating awareness of these changes ahead will help to avoid emotional collapse and adjustment issues with the new bodily image.
During puberty, teenager shows intense emotions and strong feelings. These emotions may be overwhelming leading to breakdowns. Mood changes are also common in teenagers. Along with the hormonal changes, psychological changes also play a significant role in emotional breakdowns. The teenager works with their emotional brain rather than thinking brain. Because the thinking part of the brain is still developing, children find difficulty in regulating emotions, to think logically and to take rational decisions, and end up with irritation and frustration.
Here are some strategies to cope with emotional changes in puberty-
Parents and educators of CBSE schools in Sharjah, should make sure to provide puberty education when the child reaches middle school. It is also essential to teach them how it is related to physical, social, emotional, and psychological wellbeing. Provide with age-appropriate book so they can learn and explore more about their bodily changes. Encourage child to talk about their doubts and feeling related to puberty. Never hesitate to talk about sexual changes and feeling as it might feel awkward, always talk about it in a comfortable way. It is also important that the teenager learn and understand the social norms and age-related expectations to meet their personal, social, and academic goals. Parents and educators must make sure they have realistic expectation for the teenagers.
It is said that nothing will works if you are angry and hungry, give them time to calm down in difficult situations, never react as there will be always an opposite reaction. Respond to them, show empathy, and ensure you understand their feelings and emotions. Encourage them to have a healthy sleep routine and eating habits, advise exercise and yoga to regulate self and remain calm.
“Always keep in mind that we have all gone through this and you will also make it through.”