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When your Child is in a Grumpy Mood

Most of us are not surprised to have a moody teen or preteen, but when it happens to our younger children it can catch us unaware. Children, some as young as toddler age can display moodiness. If you have been noticing a trend in your child, what can you do? Is it normal or cause for concern? What to do when you have a moody child..let's take a look at what some experts have to say on the topic.

Keep in mind that there may be factors that can help you determine where the mood swings in your child are coming from. For example, in very young children, expressing emotions, needs and feelings may be a skill they have not yet developed. Fits of moodiness or sulking may be an expression of frustration. In this case, helping your child open up and learn to express themselves adequately can be very helpful.

Another idea that many experts have noted, is that on television, life is portrayed as adventurous, fun and exciting. Young ones may feel 'bored' or sulk as their life seems somehow incomplete. Having some insight into the situation will better equip you to deal effectively with the problem.

If the moodiness is persistent, many doctors recommend the following:

  • Reassure your children. With life as hectic as it is, children can get lost in the shuffle. Take time out to be with your children one-on-one. Assure them of your love and attention.
  • Help moody children focus on positive and happy things. One exercise that has proven helpful is at bedtime, have your child recount the happy events, people or activities that he/she remembers from that day. Try to encourage them to take in those positive memories. This helps train them to focus on good things, which can ultimately lead to less moodiness.
  • Reduce stress. This one is for all of us, but it helps little ones just as much. Try not to over-schedule your child. Keep your expectations of them reasonable and try not to lose your temper when they are around. These can greatly reduce the amount of anxiety they may feel. You might see some improvement in yourself too!
  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle. If the whole family eats well, gets plenty of rest and exercise everyone will be happier!

Many parents feel at a loss as to what to do when you have a moody child. Above are just some of the suggestions that many healthcare professionals have recommended. It should be noted, however, that if you suspect something is seriously wrong, seek the advice of your child's healthcare provider. You and your family can be happy and healthy. Everyone has their bad days, some will come more often than others. Don't be discouraged, keep being a positive and encouraging influence in your child's life and they will soon follow in your footsteps!


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