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Changes in Mood and Behaviour

Changes in mood are common in older children and teens - they are at the beginnings of puberty where their body and mind starts the journey to adulthood. It can be a confusing time for parents and children.

Physical and emotional changes are happening at the same time that your child is coping with new experiences like heading to high school and becoming more independent. Often parents will start to notice that their child is more moody than when they were younger.

You may notice some or all of these changes;

  • Being ‘ withdrawn’ or quiet with family and friends
  • Not interested in things they once enjoyed like their favourite sport, or taking care of their appearance
  • Worried about having the ‘right’ clothes and looks
  • Angry outbursts
  • Clinginess / Behaving like a younger child.
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