Thoughts for Parents of Teenagers #72 – Living with a Moody Teenager?

You’re not alone!

Due to all of the changes and pressures teenagers face, mood swings from the highest of highs to the lowest of lows can come on suddenly – and sometimes end just as quickly. A number of these moods may be directly related to the hormones that are fueling the powerful physical changes they are undergoing. They may also be related to the intense social pressures they face: from fitting in, to figuring out friendships, to juggling school and sports. The list is long!


Strange moods and behavior are often normal. Do you remember your teen years and how everything seemed to matter A LOT?


While we may be tempted to lock them in their rooms for three to four years or lock ourselves in our rooms; don’t forget the important role we parents play in helping our children understand and handle their emotions in God-honoring ways. Even though their outward appearance or actual words may be surly, they are still looking to you for guidance, direction, and even a safe haven.


While God created our emotions, He did not intend for us to be ruled by them. We need to model and help our teens learn to think and believe what is true over what they feel. They also need to learn to make biblical decisions and avoid actions with bad consequences. Remember your own struggles as a teenager and show grace.


“But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.”
1 Corinthians 9:27  (ESV)


I’m praying with you and for you. Please let me know how I can serve you and your family.


in Christ,

Pastor Mark