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Child has mood swings. How long is this expected to last?

Hi, My son will be 14 in November. His moods and interests are like rollercoaster hills with ups and downs. One minute he is happy and the next minute he is miserable and wants to be left alone. He loved me yesterday, hates me today kind of thing. His school work is also all over the place. One day he gets 100 on an exam and As on his hw assignments and the next day he is behind by 3 assignments. People keep telling me it s puberty . How long is this expected to last?
Asked On : Thu, 18 Oct 2012
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The toughest time in a parent-child relationship is when the child goes through puberty. Due to the sudden spurt of various hormones, lot of sudden changes in the physical as well as mental attitude of children occur and this is when a well- oriented parent is needed. Adolescence, as this phase of life is called, is likely to last until all the hormonal spurts are gone and attain a stable adult level and it means up to the age of 19-21 years.You can best deal with such children by trying to be friends with them and not by trying to control them. Try to guide them and do not let them enter pit falls which is very likely in this age group. You can also take advice from a psychologist if you think you cannot cope all by yourself. Good luck.
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