All posts tagged: hormones

The Give and Take of Teenagers

There is a lot of taking in my house . . . the “taking” of rides to practice, the taking of dinner, the taking of clean clothes, the taking of food purchased at the store. I don’t always see a lot of giving. I’m not talking about the generous-save-the-world kind of giving. I’m talking about what my friend calls Common Kitchen Courtesy. I’m talking about the Common Kitchen Courtesy that should be “given” not only in the kitchen, but in the car, the family room, the laundry room, upstairs. I’m talking about a (simple) “thank you” to mom when she takes you to practice and delivers you home. I’m talking about a “yes” instead of a grunt, with just a tad of eye contact. I’m talking about answering the (basic) questions and acknowledging the (loving) comments posed to you from the people who love and care for you the most. I’m talking about the give and take . . . of teenagers. I get teenagers. I get that they need their space . . . …

Tips to Ease the Hormonal Roller Coaster Ride

So, your preteen is on the hormonal roller coaster of adolescent life. He will want to hang on tight, but then again – so will you. In some ways we wish we could stabilize those hormones for them, steady the days – the moments – for them. In my book, main character Bork gives preteens some tips about being on the roller coaster of puberty. Tips like, “Stay ahead of hunger. Don’t get too hungry before stopping for a snack.” Think about it, how many of us become down-right cranky when we’re hungry. It’s worse for your preteens, so encourage them not to skip meals: breakfast, lunch OR dinner. Having two small, but healthy snacks a day will make them feel better. (But you already know that.) Tip #2 – Get physical. Right now, go ahead – get up. Extend those fingers and the rest of your body beyond that video game. Get your body moving like you are a little kid again. Head outdoors. Ride your bike; kick a ball; skateboard. Can’t go outside? …