What common behaviours might I notice as my child reaches puberty?
These changes below are really common at this developmental stage.
- Mood swings, e.g. tearfulness, anger
- Reluctance to attend school
- Physical symptoms like; upset stomach, feeling sick, headache or growing pains (this could be linked to anxiety)
- Inadequate personal hygiene
- Bedwetting or disturbed sleep
- Challenging behaviour, e.g. being uncooperative or becoming argumentative
- Withdrawal from parents, wanting their own space
- Developing an interest in relationships
What can I do to help ?
- Adapt and agree house rules and be consistent. Try to stick to routines and make sure you remember to reward good behaviour.
- Provide a healthy and balanced diet, and eat family meals together where possible as this provides an opportunity for natural conversation.
- Encourage your child to exercise and or join after school clubs of interest and talk about why this is important.
- Encourage your child to talk about the changes in their body, and offer reassurance.
- Support your child to get a good nights sleep.
Your amazing brain
Find out together what’s happening as your child’s brain grows and develops.Your amazing brain
Getting better sleep
Top tips on how your child can get enough sleep and why this is important.Sleep
Find out what to expect from your child in their teenage years.Parenting teenagers
Resources for parents
Ways you can support your child, plus helpful links to more information including how to get extra support from school if they need it.Parent resources
Information on puberty
The stages of puberty and what happens to boys and girls – from NHS Choices.NHS Choices