Why Is My Teen Always So Annoyed With Me?

Any parent of teens is likely to have seen a change in their offspring’s attitude, moods, and behavior.

The balance of the parent/child relationship changes during this phase, and many parents sense a disconnect in the relationship. If you are a parent currently going through the experience of living with a teen, then you there are two questions you will frequently ask yourself:

  • Why does my teen hate me?
  • How can I get my teen to talk me?

To answer these questions, you must have an understanding of the adolescent years.

Tough Years

It is important to know that if your teenager is argumentative and sullen, this is a perfectly normal part of their development. It does not mean that you are a bad parent, or even that they truly dislike you. During this stage, young people are learning how to assert themselves, realize the boundaries, gain independence, make their own decisions, and develop their personalities. It is as a result of this that their behavior often comes across as being contrary and difficult.

Mood swings and a sullen demeanor are also caused by variable hormones in both teens of all genders during adolescence. Hormonal fluctuations can result in depression, aggression, recklessness, and irritability. Taking this into consideration will help you understand this phase and accept that it is not a permanent change in their behavior, a reflection of their true attitude towards you, or a representation of real negativity in your relationship with them.

Parental attitudes can also have a profound impact on a teen’s behavior. The way you respond to their mood swings can influence any future negative episodes and shape the way your teen behaves in the future. Of course, there is no hard and fast rule of how you should handle their mood swings. Each young person is an individual with their own personality traits, and your relationship with them is unique to you. What works for one parent will not necessarily work for everybody else. However, it is vital that you set clear and firm boundaries.

They may question your decisions, and try to stretch the limitations you’ve set in place. A good way to minimize this is by giving clear reasons why you have set specific boundaries. On the other hand, you must take the time to show them some respect in return, listen to their views, and give them the opportunities both to gain more freedom and to build trust into your relationship.

Overall, an argumentative teen is generally a normal one. Mood swings and irritability are an important part of adolescent development, much to any parent’s dismay. By keeping the lines of communication open, building trust, and having a little patience, this is a phase that will pass and can help to shape your teen in a positive way.

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