Parenting - Teenage Tantrum

Lisa Bunnage, Parenting Coach, discusses dealing with teenage tantrums.

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Lisa Bunnage, Parenting Coach, discusses dealing with teenage tantrums.
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Featuring Lisa Bunnage, Parenting Coach

Duration: 1 minute, 23 seconds

A teenage tantrum is really the same as a little one, it's just bigger.

But, because they've got hormones, they've got a better vocabulary, and they're usually your size, they can be quite frightening. When you've got a teenager having a fit you just shut down.

You say, 'We'll talk about it later.' That's the only way you can deal with it. There's no point trying to reason with someone who's having a tantrum. When teenagers are going insane, their eyeballs are spinning around in their head, they're storming around and they're in your face and they're yelling, you have to remain calm. If you start to escalate your voice and match them, it will get worse and worse and worse. You have to stay calm because that will calm them down.

When teenagers get very emotional and very upset a really good coping skill that they can learn is to just smile and nod. So, in other words, rather than hitting someone, rather than swearing, if they just smile and nod that's a message to themselves and everyone around them.

Parenting teenagers is probably one of the most stressful times of your whole life. If you really feel it getting to you go to a school counselor, go to a family counselor, or go to a parenting couch.

Presenter: Ms. Lisa Bunnage, Counselor, Coquitlam, BC

Local Practitioners: Counselor

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