Tips for dealing with your daughter's moodiness

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Tips for dealing with your daughter's moodiness

Estrogen is the hormone that is going to drive all of the body changes in your daughter as she goes through puberty. Estrogen is also a drug that has pretty profound effects on the brain. As estrogen makes an appearance in your daughter's body, it doesn't just show up and stay there, it comes and goes and vascillates. The brain effects will vascilate as well. This usually means that you will find your daughter has become a bit moody. She doesn't like her moods any more than you do. The very first thing that you can do, is acknowledge what's going on and help her come up with a system for dealing with the problem. So when she starts to feel the mood swings or you start to see the mood swings, identify it and give her an out. A timeout where she can go and resolve her angst. It can be two minutes, but it will stop an escalation. The reality is that some girls are more sensitive to estrogen than others. What that means is that some girls are going to seem a little more even keel, and some will seem a bit more emotional. You're going to have to figure out on how your daughter is behaving and what's going to work in your home. A hundred percent of the time, estrogen is going to be what makes girls a little bit moody. Anticipate it and figure out how you are going to handle it in your own home.

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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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