What can I do to help my daughter with her preteen mood swings? She is going through puberity early

Sabrina - posted on 02/07/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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She is only ten and is already getting boobs, pubic hair, pelvic cramps, and much more. I don't remember going through it that young. She is so emotional!

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Ashley Marie - posted on 02/09/2010

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hi my daughter is 11 and is having mood swings she is maturing and is coping ok spoke to her about periods and i feel talking to her is the best way ,i never started my periods till i was 15 but i feel she will not be long now.all we can do is be aware and keep talking to each other!

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My daughter is almost 12..She started developing in like 3rd grade and is now in 6th grade. The mood swings start this early. I think it is due to a difference in the way life works now. My daughter has been able to help her other friends move along. She has had what are termed "phantom periods" for a while. A good resource for kids is: www.kidshealth.com It talks about all the things that a girl her age will go through.

Christina - posted on 02/08/2010

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Mine started last year with a few days of a period then nothing for a year. Now she gets it every month. She will be 11 in April.
She is more developed then others her age, so she sometimes gets embarassed. But for the most part she is comfortable with it. If she ever feels something wrong she comes to me & we talk about it.
As for the emotions, dang kid wooh. I let the emotions come & go, just do not make a big deal because it will cause her to clam up & not express, then explode later.
We got her in a sport - softball so she gets to express some of her emotions like fustration & anger on the field. This has really helped & she enjoys it.
Good Luck

Catrina - posted on 02/07/2010

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That sounds exactly like my daughter! Mine is 10 and just went through "Project Know" in school and learned all about things that I thought were crazy. I feel she is soooo young to be learning all this and going through all this! But she is. She is soo excited as she realized she needed a bigger bra. I was like WOW! She is experiencing the cramps as well. She hasn't started her period yet but back in July she did bleed for a day. I am not sure what that was. She seems so excited for the day to come. She too is being emotional. I have just considered her my drama queen. You can't say anything or she turns it around to the wrong thing. Say something nice and she flips. LOL exhausting!

I have just learned to be supportive and keep reminding her it's normal and she will be okay. I want her to express her wacky emotional energy elsewhere so I am trying to find hobbies for her. It's so hard to see them grow up.. everything is starting so early it seems! Good luck with your daughter! =]

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Sabrina - posted on 02/09/2010

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thank you ladies I will check into all the information you have provided it's just hard because she is my baby girl

Cheryl - posted on 02/09/2010

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start by explaining a few things like the changes that are happening, and why, the followoing site is a great place to get help, it has a parents page also - http://www.libragirl.com/parentspage/Lib... but also take her to see a female dr who can prescribe something for the cramps and suggest somethung for the mood swings. i hope this helps... good luck

Benedetta - posted on 02/09/2010

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I am a mother of 6, three of whom are teenage girls; 18,18, and 19 year old girls respectively. All three of my daughters had mood swings from the age of about10 and so forth. This may sound repetitive but just understanding and really listening to what is important to her. To an adult her pet peeve at the moment may sound silly to you; but to her it is the end of the world. Just really listening and not necessarily taking action or sly commenting; such as "Is that all." Maybe just talking a little differently and agreeing and asking, but not to much; How can I help? Kids just want to be heard and their mind at that age works differently. My girls finally passed that stage and our relationship is very good. I don't pass judgment on my girls I really, really, listen because when they have a problem they will and have come to me. I hope this helps and good.
p.s. At least you don't have three raging teenage hormones going on all at one time.

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