Emotional process a child experiences during puberty

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Emotional process a child experiences during puberty

Just as hormones are in charge of the physical changes in your body during puberty, they're also in charge of the emotional changes as well. But the big difference is that the physical changes happen very slowly and steadily over time; the emotional changes are kind of all over the map. A child may feel really happy one day and then very sad the next day. Or they may overreact to a situation one day that they're very calm in the face of another day. Most kids tell you they don't like how it feel to feel so emotionally turbulent, but it's hormones' fault – they change the way your brain responds to certain situations. The other piece is that as kids are growing up, our society asks them to take a little bit more responsibility, to be a little more independent. This, combined with hormones, can make it tough to be a teenager or a pre-teenager, a tweenager, some of the time. So remember that when your child is kind of all over the map emotionally, that's hormones. Tell your child what's going on, give them a break, give them a time-out, let them go take a little alone time, regroup and try it again.

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Cara Natterson, MD

Pediatrician & Author

Cara Natterson, MD has treated thousands of children and guided their parents as well. She was a partner at Tenth Street Pediatrics in Santa Monica, California, a large group practice serving infants, children and teenagers. She now runs Worry Proof Consulting, the first of its kind pediatric practice that offers parents open-ended time to review everything from medical questions and biology basics to child development and parenting issues. Cara is also the author of several books on parenting and child health. She has a unique ability to translate cutting edge research into understandable terms for parents and their kids. More recently, Cara’s consulting has extended beyond individual families to include fortune 500 companies seeking expert advice on safety issues, child health, and crisis management.

Cara has appeared on television, in print, and on the web. She is a graduate of Harvard College and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and she trained in pediatrics at the University of California at San Francisco. Cara is a Board certified pediatrician and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. And anyone who knows her knows that Cara is, by nature, one of the most risk-averse people on earth. She lives in California with her husband and two children.

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