Temper tantrums and mood swings
Tantrums may start around 18 months and become less common at four. However, tantrums may later
be replaced by mood swings once your child reaches puberty. It’s not all bad news, it’s just part of
growing up and will pass.
Toddler tantrums often happen when a child is not able to express themselves as much as they want
to and their frustration may come out as a tantrum. Tantrums are especially likely to happen if a child
is tired, hungry or uncomfortable. They often happen in busy, public places, which can be highly
embarrassing and add to the parents’ stress.
Mood swings during puberty normally pass with growing age and confidence, but can often be
difficult to live with at the time. Hormones and changes in physical appearance are often to blame and
they may go from being happy one minute to angry and depressed the next.
My ten year old has become moody, rude and seems depressed.
They are probably going through the onset of puberty
Talk to them about how they feel. Help them understand the changes their body is going through.