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News Flash: Puberty sucks.
It just does.
Mood swings, pimples, relationships. Drama. Everyone hates you no one understands you. You suddenly realize your parents don’t know everything. In fact, you parents don’t know anything.
Your siblings hate you. Your friends suck. Your friends are the bomb. They know everything. They love and support you the way no one else does. Your friends betray you.
You want so badly to be treated like a mature teen…you want to curl up in your mama’s lap and cry.
Yup, puberty sucks.
Check out this infographic I made a few years ago. It holds true to this day.
I think we call all agree that puberty sucks. The question is…how do you (and your kids survive)?
Tips for surviving puberty.
1. Consider buying a subscription such as HelloFlo or putting a box together yourself.
2. Put together a fun personal hygiene kit.
The top photo in this post is the hygiene kit I put together for one of my children who was struggling. She felt loved and valued because I put it together for her just because. And I did it just for her.
The personal hygiene kit included:
Pimple cream (specifically requested)
Obviously, a kit for boys would have slightly different items.
3. Read my raw post How to handle Disrespectful Kids.
And read these books:
4. Carve out small moments.
Tell your children you love and appreciate them regularly. Remember when these hormonal preteens where squishy babies? Chubby toddlers? You likely showered them with affection and words of encouragement. Keep doing that! Your kids need it more now than they did as charming preschoolers. Take your pre-teen with you when you run errands. Buy them an ice cream cone or a cup of coffee. Smile at them. Ask them about school. Talk to them about friends. Go on a walk. The gestures don’t need to be big or grand. Just show you care.
But remember put the relationship first.