How to be a normal teen girls

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on March 4, 2021.

  • Overview

What is it? Nutrition for adolescents (teenagers) means giving them enough nutrients from age 12 to18 years of age. Your teenager will go through several growth spurts during this time. He will become taller and gain weight quickly. Make sure he has a wide variety of food for snacks and meals. This will give him enough nutrients in the food he eats. Nutrients are calories, protein, fat, vitamins, and minerals.

  • Nutrient Needs: The amount of calories and protein that your teenager needs each day depends on his age and weight in kilograms. Divide your teenager’s weight in pounds by 2.2 to figure out what he weighs in kilograms (kg). The calories and protein needed for growth are higher if your teenager is active in sports or fitness programs. Ask your caregiver what a good weight is for your teenager at each phase in his growth. They can help you raise or lower calorie intake to stay at the best weight.
    • Calories
      • From 12 to 14: about 45 to 55 calories per kg
      • Age 15 to 18: about 40 to 45 calories per kg
    • Protein
      • Age 12 to 14: about 1 gram per kg
      • Age 15 to 18: about 0.9 grams per kg
    • Vitamins and minerals: Your teenager does not need to take extra vitamins or minerals if he eats a balanced diet. Ask your caregiver before giving your teenager any vitamin or mineral supplements.
  • Changing Food Habits
    • Teenagers are often very busy with school, work, and sports schedules. Help your teenager plan his day if he will not be home for meals. Send healthy snacks or packed lunches with him. This will help him avoid filling up on “junk” food or high fat foods. They may need extra snacks to take with them or meals they can prepare quickly.
    • Your teenager still learns from your healthy eating habits. Teach by example and praise his good food choices whenever you can. Try not to be critical of his appearance at this time of life. Teenagers can easily become too worried about their body image. If they are eating too much or too little, it can effect their growth. Talk with your caregiver if you are worried about your teenager’s eating habits.
  • Food Group Choices
    • Give your teenager at least one serving per day of a high vitamin C food. Examples are citrus fruits and juices, tomatoes, potatoes, and green peppers. Your teenager also needs one serving per day of a high vitamin A food. This includes spinach, winter squash, carrots, or sweet potatoes.
    • Choose lean meats, fish, and poultry foods for your teenager. Also, give your teenager 2% milk and lowfat dairy foods after age 2 to limit saturated fat intake. Avoid fried foods and high fat desserts except on special occasions. This will lower his risk for heart disease when he is older.
    • The sample 3000 calorie menu below will help you plan meals and snacks. If your teenager needs more calories, add more foods from each food group every day.

Serving Sizes: Use the serving size list below to measure amounts of food and liquids.

  • 1-1/2 cups (12 ounces) of liquid is the size of a soda-pop can.
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) of food is the size of a large handful.
  • 1/2 cup (4 ounces) of food is about half of a large handful.
  • 1 ounce of cheese is about the size of a 1 inch cube.
  • 2 tablespoons (Tbsp) is about the size of a large walnut.
  • 1 tablespoon (Tbsp) is about the size of the tip of your thumb (from the last crease).
  • 1 teaspoon (tsp) is about the size of the tip of your little finger (from the last crease).
  • A serving means the size of food after it is cooked. Three ounces of cooked meat is about the size of a deck of cards.

DAILY SERVINGS FOR AN TEENAGER’S DIET

  • Breads / Starches: Most teens need 5 to 10 servings per day. One serving is the amount listed below.
    • 1 bagel or muffin
    • 2 slices bread
    • 1/2 cup cooked cereal, pasta, potatoes, or rice
    • 1 ounce or 3/4 cup dry cereal
  • Fruits: Most teens need 2 to 3 servings per day. One serving is the amount listed below.
    • 1/2 cup canned fruit or fruit juice
    • 1 piece fresh fruit, such as an apple, orange, peach, or pear
    • 15 to 20 grapes
    • 1-1/2 cups fresh berries or melon
  • Meat / Meat Substitutes: Most teens need 3 to 5 servings per day. One serving is the amount listed below.
    • 1/2 cup cottage or ricotta cheese
    • 3/4 to 1 cup cooked dried beans or legumes
    • 1 egg
    • 1 ounce lowfat or regular cheese
    • 2 to 3 ounces meat, fish, or poultry
    • 2 to 3 Tbsps peanut butter (after age 2)
  • Milk or Yogurt: Most teens need 4 to 5 servings per day. One serving is equal to 1 cup lowfat milk or yogurt. If your teenager does not like milk or yogurt, one ounce of cheese or 1/2 cup of cottage cheese may be used instead.
  • Vegetables: Most teens need 2 to 3 servings per day. One serving is the amount listed below.
    • 1/2 cup cooked or 1 cup raw vegetable
    • 2 cups salad greens
    • 1 cup vegetable or tomato juice
  • Your teen should eat only enough of the following foods to meet their calorie needs.
    • Fats: Most teens need 2 to 4 servings per day. One serving is the amount listed below.
      • 6 almonds or 10 peanuts
      • 2 Tbsps cream cheese, avocado, or low calorie salad dressing
      • 1 tsp oil, margarine, mayonnaise, or butter
      • 1 Tbsp salad dressing
    • Sweets and Desserts: Eat only enough from this group to stay at a good body weight. Many teenagers can eat 1 to 3 servings per week without gaining too much weight. Remember too much sweets and desserts will also effect the amount of skin problems your teenager has, like pimples. One serving is a medium portion, such as 1/8 of a pie, 1/2 cup ice cream, a 3-inch pastry,1/2 cup pudding, or 2 small cookies.

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your child’s care. To help with this plan, you must learn about your child’s dietary health. You can then discuss treatment options with your caregivers. Work with them to decide what care will be used to treat your child.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on March 4, 2021.

  • Overview

What is it? Nutrition for adolescents (teenagers) means giving them enough nutrients from age 12 to18 years of age. Your teenager will go through several growth spurts during this time. He will become taller and gain weight quickly. Make sure he has a wide variety of food for snacks and meals. This will give him enough nutrients in the food he eats. Nutrients are calories, protein, fat, vitamins, and minerals.

  • Nutrient Needs: The amount of calories and protein that your teenager needs each day depends on his age and weight in kilograms. Divide your teenager’s weight in pounds by 2.2 to figure out what he weighs in kilograms (kg). The calories and protein needed for growth are higher if your teenager is active in sports or fitness programs. Ask your caregiver what a good weight is for your teenager at each phase in his growth. They can help you raise or lower calorie intake to stay at the best weight.
    • Calories
      • From 12 to 14: about 45 to 55 calories per kg
      • Age 15 to 18: about 40 to 45 calories per kg
    • Protein
      • Age 12 to 14: about 1 gram per kg
      • Age 15 to 18: about 0.9 grams per kg
    • Vitamins and minerals: Your teenager does not need to take extra vitamins or minerals if he eats a balanced diet. Ask your caregiver before giving your teenager any vitamin or mineral supplements.
  • Changing Food Habits
    • Teenagers are often very busy with school, work, and sports schedules. Help your teenager plan his day if he will not be home for meals. Send healthy snacks or packed lunches with him. This will help him avoid filling up on “junk” food or high fat foods. They may need extra snacks to take with them or meals they can prepare quickly.
    • Your teenager still learns from your healthy eating habits. Teach by example and praise his good food choices whenever you can. Try not to be critical of his appearance at this time of life. Teenagers can easily become too worried about their body image. If they are eating too much or too little, it can effect their growth. Talk with your caregiver if you are worried about your teenager’s eating habits.
  • Food Group Choices
    • Give your teenager at least one serving per day of a high vitamin C food. Examples are citrus fruits and juices, tomatoes, potatoes, and green peppers. Your teenager also needs one serving per day of a high vitamin A food. This includes spinach, winter squash, carrots, or sweet potatoes.
    • Choose lean meats, fish, and poultry foods for your teenager. Also, give your teenager 2% milk and lowfat dairy foods after age 2 to limit saturated fat intake. Avoid fried foods and high fat desserts except on special occasions. This will lower his risk for heart disease when he is older.
    • The sample 3000 calorie menu below will help you plan meals and snacks. If your teenager needs more calories, add more foods from each food group every day.

Serving Sizes: Use the serving size list below to measure amounts of food and liquids.

  • 1-1/2 cups (12 ounces) of liquid is the size of a soda-pop can.
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) of food is the size of a large handful.
  • 1/2 cup (4 ounces) of food is about half of a large handful.
  • 1 ounce of cheese is about the size of a 1 inch cube.
  • 2 tablespoons (Tbsp) is about the size of a large walnut.
  • 1 tablespoon (Tbsp) is about the size of the tip of your thumb (from the last crease).
  • 1 teaspoon (tsp) is about the size of the tip of your little finger (from the last crease).
  • A serving means the size of food after it is cooked. Three ounces of cooked meat is about the size of a deck of cards.

DAILY SERVINGS FOR AN TEENAGER’S DIET

  • Breads / Starches: Most teens need 5 to 10 servings per day. One serving is the amount listed below.
    • 1 bagel or muffin
    • 2 slices bread
    • 1/2 cup cooked cereal, pasta, potatoes, or rice
    • 1 ounce or 3/4 cup dry cereal
  • Fruits: Most teens need 2 to 3 servings per day. One serving is the amount listed below.
    • 1/2 cup canned fruit or fruit juice
    • 1 piece fresh fruit, such as an apple, orange, peach, or pear
    • 15 to 20 grapes
    • 1-1/2 cups fresh berries or melon
  • Meat / Meat Substitutes: Most teens need 3 to 5 servings per day. One serving is the amount listed below.
    • 1/2 cup cottage or ricotta cheese
    • 3/4 to 1 cup cooked dried beans or legumes
    • 1 egg
    • 1 ounce lowfat or regular cheese
    • 2 to 3 ounces meat, fish, or poultry
    • 2 to 3 Tbsps peanut butter (after age 2)
  • Milk or Yogurt: Most teens need 4 to 5 servings per day. One serving is equal to 1 cup lowfat milk or yogurt. If your teenager does not like milk or yogurt, one ounce of cheese or 1/2 cup of cottage cheese may be used instead.
  • Vegetables: Most teens need 2 to 3 servings per day. One serving is the amount listed below.
    • 1/2 cup cooked or 1 cup raw vegetable
    • 2 cups salad greens
    • 1 cup vegetable or tomato juice
  • Your teen should eat only enough of the following foods to meet their calorie needs.
    • Fats: Most teens need 2 to 4 servings per day. One serving is the amount listed below.
      • 6 almonds or 10 peanuts
      • 2 Tbsps cream cheese, avocado, or low calorie salad dressing
      • 1 tsp oil, margarine, mayonnaise, or butter
      • 1 Tbsp salad dressing
    • Sweets and Desserts: Eat only enough from this group to stay at a good body weight. Many teenagers can eat 1 to 3 servings per week without gaining too much weight. Remember too much sweets and desserts will also effect the amount of skin problems your teenager has, like pimples. One serving is a medium portion, such as 1/8 of a pie, 1/2 cup ice cream, a 3-inch pastry,1/2 cup pudding, or 2 small cookies.

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your child’s care. To help with this plan, you must learn about your child’s dietary health. You can then discuss treatment options with your caregivers. Work with them to decide what care will be used to treat your child.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

Amy Morin, LCSW, is the Editor-in-Chief of Verywell Mind. She’s also a psychotherapist, international bestselling author and host of the The Verywell Mind Podcast.

Aron Janssen, MD is board certified in child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry and is the vice chair of child and adolescent psychiatry at Northwestern University.

How to be a normal teen girls

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It’s not unusual for a teen to be laughing one minute and rolling their eyes the next. Most of the time, those rapid and intense mood shifts are a normal part of adolescence. But sometimes, mood swings can signal a more serious problem.

Causes of Teenage Mood Swings

Mood swings during adolescence are partially due to biology. Hormonal shifts that occur during puberty play a major role in the way teens think and feel. As teens mature, they commonly experience increased irritability, intense sadness, and frequent frustration from the chemical changes occurring inside their brains.

A teen’s quest to establish their own identity also plays a role in their moods. It’s healthy for teens to gain independence and to establish their own beliefs, goals, and guidelines, which are separate from their parents. As they establish that independence, they’re likely to experience some inner turmoil that manifests as dramatic behavior.

Healthy adolescent development leads teens to ask themselves, “Who am I?” This is why teens sometimes go through a variety of interesting phases during adolescence. A teen may dress in black clothing for six months only to then seek out the brightest, most mismatched outfits they can find.

Establishing independence causes teens to experience a variety of emotions . They may feel sad, scared, and lonely about the future while simultaneously feeling excited about their budding freedom. These intense emotions can lead to a variety of mood swings.

Tips for Parents of Moody Teens

It’s important to keep your cool when you’re dealing with a cranky or moody teen. Raising your voice or using sarcasm will only make the situation worse. Reply in a calm, but firm manner and hold your teen accountable for disrespectful backtalk and behavior.

Encouraging healthy sleep habits is one of the best ways to address a teen’s mood. An overtired or sleep-deprived teen is likely to experience increased difficulty regulating emotions.

One of the biggest reasons teens have trouble sleeping is because they’re using electronic devices near bedtime. Establish a rule that says no electronics within an hour of bedtime, and don’t allow your teen to sleep with a smartphone in the room.

Exercise is a natural mood booster and it can go a long way to easing mood swings. Encourage your teen to get at least 20 minutes of exercise each day. Not only will exercise reduce stress, but also it will release endorphins, which are chemicals known to help improve mood.

Maintaining a healthy diet is another way teens can naturally combat mood swings. Eating breakfast, reducing caffeine, and decreasing sugar are just a few of the things that can help teens feel at their best. Talk to your teen about the importance of a balanced diet and provide healthy snacks and meals.

Creativity can be a great outlet for frustrating moods. Allow your teen to express themselves through art, writing, music, theater, dance, etc. If you can, provide them with the time and/or space to do so.

What to Look For

Most of the time, changing moods are a perfectly healthy part of a teenager’s development, but sometimes, mood swings can be a sign your teen needs extra support. If your teen can’t keep friends because their mood swings are so severe, or they can’t get through the school day without yelling at people, your teen may have underlying mental health issues. Stay on the lookout for signs that may indicate you should seek professional help and support.

Duration

Obtain help from a doctor or mental health professional if concerning behaviors last for weeks or months, or if your teen has noticeable periods of elevated and/or low energy. Additionally, there could be a problem if your child takes a great deal of alone time or avoids social situations, including those with family.

Severity and Other Signs

Look out for mood swings that are intense. Pay attention to expressions of hopelessness , apathy in things that were once enjoyable, loneliness, insecurity, or worthlessness. Track changes in behavior that involve sleeping and eating (doing it more or less).

Other signs of distress may include drug or alcohol use, self-harm, and engaging in risky behavior. It could be a sign of mental illness if your teen says someone is trying to control their mind or hearing things .

Suicidal thoughts should always be taken seriously.

Domains

Do your teen’s mood swings affect multiple areas of their daily school, home, or social life? It may be time for additional support.

Information presented in this article may be triggering to some people. If you are having suicidal thoughts, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 for support and assistance from a trained counselor. If you or a loved one are in immediate danger, call 911.

For more mental health resources, see our National Helpline Database.

When to Seek Professional Help

Depression, bipolar disorder, or anxiety disorders are just a few of the mental health issues that commonly emerge during adolescence. Mental health issues are treatable, so it’s important to seek professional help if you think your teen is experiencing a deeper issue than mood swings. Talk to your child’s pediatrician, or speak to a trained counselor about any concerns you may have.

A Word From Verywell

Mood swings and teenagehood go hand in hand. You may become stressed by them, but remember, they are a normal part of the maturation process. When mood swings start to feel more intense and you or your teen needs support, remember that it can’t hurt to speak with a therapist about your teen’s mood swings.

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  • About Growth Charts for Teens
  • Normal Weight for Age Charts
  • BMI Charts for Assessing Weight
  • Weight and Teens

With obesity rates in teens rising, you may wonder how your teen’s weight compares to normal weight ranges. The growth charts serve as a tool to provide an idea of average weights for teen boys and girls, but remember that these charts may not fit your child’s exact needs. If you’re concerned about your teen’s weight, consult his doctor to discuss his individual growth chart and growth pattern.

About Growth Charts for Teens

Powered by good nutrition, sleep and regular exercise, normal growth is one indicator of good health in teens. Weight-for-age and body mass index are two growth charts used to assess teen weight.

While these charts indicate what’s considered a normal weight for a teen based on his age, genetics play a major role in determining your teen’s growth pattern. You may get a better indication of health by looking at the trend in his growth instead of a spot on a chart that indicates your teen’s weight.

  • Powered by good nutrition, sleep and regular exercise, normal growth is one indicator of good health in teens.
  • While these charts indicate what’s considered a normal weight for a teen based on his age, genetics play a major role in determining your teen’s growth pattern.

Normal Weight for Age Charts

How Can Kids From the Ages of 12 to 13 Lose Weight?

The weight-for-age growth chart is used to determine how your teen’s weight compares to other teens her age using a percentile rank. A weight between the 5th and 95th percentile is considered within the healthy or “normal” range. You will find separate growth charts for boys and girls 5. A 13-year-old, whether boy or girl, who weighs 100 pounds falls at about the 50th percentile for age, the middle of the normal range of weights. A healthy weight range for a 13-year-old ranges from 75 to 147 pounds. For a 16-year-old boy, a normal weight-for-age is 103 to 185 pounds, and a girl the same age can weigh from 95 to 172 pounds.

  • The weight-for-age growth chart is used to determine how your teen’s weight compares to other teens her age using a percentile rank.
  • For a 16-year-old boy, a normal weight-for-age is 103 to 185 pounds, and a girl the same age can weigh from 95 to 172 pounds.

BMI Charts for Assessing Weight

When it comes to weight and health, the BMI chart may be a better tool. The BMI is a mathematical equation used to estimate body fatness based on height and weight. The BMI number is then plotted on a percentile chart that’s based on age and gender. A normal weight falls between the 5th and 85th percentile.

To estimate your teen’s BMI: [weight in pounds / (height in inches x height in inches)] x 703.

So, for example, a 16-year old boy who weighs 129 pounds at 5 feet, 9 inches tall has a BMI equal to 19.0. That number is then plotted on a gender-specific BMI-for-age growth chart and indicates that his BMI falls at the 25th percentile, and his weight is considered normal.

A 5-foot tall, 13-year-old girl who weighs 145 pounds has a BMI equal to 28.3, which falls at greater than the 95th percentile and is considered obese. A 115-pound 13-year-old girl at the same height has a BMI equal to 22.5, which falls at the 85th percentile and is considered normal weight.

I’d like to know if it’s ‘OK’ to masturbate. Recently, when I’m by myself, I use it as a stress reliever, and I feel great afterward. But I see online sites that are saying it’s ‘wrong’ and ‘dirty.’ I really want to find out whether it’s normal or weird.
Shea*

From a medical standpoint, there is nothing wrong with masturbation. It’s perfectly normal for both guys and girls to masturbate. Masturbation can release sexual tension, as well as other tensions.

Masturbation goes against the beliefs of some religions and other groups. That’s probably why you’re finding conflicting information online. The TeensHealth doctors can only weigh in on the health effects: Masturbation cannot affect a person’s physical health in any way.

Rumors about masturbation causing physical problems are not true. Masturbation can sometimes conflict with a person’s religious beliefs or personal values. But it will not:

  • stunt your growth
  • affect your ability to have children in the future
  • damage your eyesight
  • give you an STD

If you have questions about masturbation, consider talking to your parent or ask your doctor.

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How to be a normal teen girls

By now, we all know that sexuality isn’t a binary: there’s a whole spectrum of sexual identification. And even within the ways people self-identify, there are nuances that aren’t necessarily apparent.

A new study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology from the University of Essex in the U.K. found that most women who identify as straight are actually sexually stimulated by both sexes. To test this, 345 participants were shown videos of naked men and women and their responses (including pupil dilation and other physiological indicators of sexual arousal) were recorded.

Seventy-four percent of the women who identified as straight “were strongly sexually aroused to videos of both attractive men and attractive women,” according to a University of Essex press release about the study. In contrast, participants who identified as lesbian “showed much stronger sexual responses to their preferred sex (women) over their less preferred sex (men).” Apparently, this means that lesbians are more like men in their sexual response — they also show a stronger reaction to their preferred sex. There’s no indication that the study involved any women who identify as bisexual.

These findings are also in line with a study released earlier this summer from researchers at the University of Notre Dame that found “women’s sexuality may be more flexible and adaptive than men’s,” according to study author Elizabeth Aura McClintock.

So, what does this all mean? “This shows us that how women appear in public does not mean that we know anything about their sexual role preferences,” said lead researcher on the Essex study, Dr. Gerulf Rieger. “Men are simple, but women’s sexual responses remain a mystery.” And though sexual response is certainly an important factor in forming one’s sexual identity, it’s clear that there are other important elements also at play.

More than anything else, this study shows us how varied and complex human sexuality is — and how little the labels we have do to reflect the depth and diversity of attraction among people.

My teen daughter seems sad

Posted Jul 30, 2012

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  • What Is Depression?
  • Find a therapist to overcome depression

I just read that teen girls are much more likely than teen boys to show signs of depression. This worries me because I have a set of 13 year old fraternal twins and the girl looks like she may be a little sad. Her brother, on the other hand,is happy-go-lucky and nothing can ruin his day. The two of them came into the world differently. My son was an easy baby. He slept through the night at 3 months of age and was a good eater. My daughter was always fussy and hard to soothe.

My question to you is why teenage girls are more likely to get depressed than boys and if and when I should start worrying about my daughter. I eagerly await your reply.

You are right. According to new data recently released by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, teenage girls suffer from depression at a rate that is nearly three times that of boys their age. As if that weren’t bad enough- between the ages of 12 and 15 the percentage of girls struggling with depression triples.

Your question about why this is the case is excellent.

Although, we don’t have any hard and fast answers I can speculate given my 20+ years of working one on one with both teen boys and girls. First, many girls have by the age of 12 begun to experience the onset of their periods. Along with this comes increased sensitivity, sometimes unpredictable mood fluctuations, and accompanying bodily changes. Boys,too, experience puberty and hormonal upheaval but they do not experience monthly bouts of sensitivity, irritability, and sometimes even physical discomfort and pain. I am not minimizing the effects of puberty on teen boys. Instead, I am highlighting why girls may be hit especially hard by puberty.

As girls approach the early teen years they begin to understand from various sources including media and peers how much their appearance is judged and valued by others.When they were younger there was clearly less emphasis on their attractiveness,appearance,and sexuality. Now, in their teen years, there is pressure for them not only to do well socially and academically but also to meet societal standards of what is considered both sexy and attractive. They experience all of these pressures within the context of monthly hormonal upheavals which may occur at regular or irregular intervals. Now, to me, the combination of these factors would seem to put our blossoming teen girls at risk for both increased stress and depression.

You express concern about your daughter and more specifically at what point you should become concerned about her mental health. Before I answer this question, I would like to highlight another important point that you alluded to. You mentioned that your son and daughter behaved differently from birth. This is true for individuals in general. We are all born with different temperamental styles. Some babies are calm, flexible, and easy to soothe from birth. Others dislike being cuddled and are very fussy. Although, individuals may retain some characteristics of their early temperamental style, people do change and temperaments may be modified based on the environment in which the individual is raised as well as by a host of other factors.

Okay, so back to your daughter. Watch her carefully. Ask yourself if you have noticed any significant changes in her appetite, sleeping habits, energy level, and academic, and/or social functioning. If you have then you should speak to her with empathy and calmly and ask her what she is feeling. Validate her feelings. Please don’t tell her that she has nothing to be distressed about. She will experience that as invalidating.

If you are concerned that she may be depressed because she meets the criteria described above then get her to a therapist soon. The less entrenched the depression gets the easier it will be to treat. In therapy, she should learn coping skills and strategies that she will benefit from all throughout her life.

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How to be a normal teen girls

The teenage life is hard. Kids are going through a lot of emotional and physical changes. They need the stability of family to help them stay anchored. This includes grandparents.

When kids are small, grandparents are like the best people ever. While parents have to be the disciplinarians, grandparents can be the ones who enjoy having fun with their grandchildren. It is fun to sit and talk or play games for hours on end at grandma’s house.

What happens when kids get older, especially the teenage years? It can put a strain on the grandchild/grandparent relationship. Teens are growing up. They are caught in the space between childhood and adulthood. Spending time with others their own age might be preferable since they at least understand them.

But, as family members and grandparents, you don’t have to become obsolete. You are still a vital part of their lives. You just have to adjust your position to one that is favorable to your grandchild.

Here are some ideas for bonding with your teenage grandchild.

* Watch a movie – On a Saturday evening or a Sunday afternoon when the family is together, get a movie and watch it with them. Let your teenage grandchild choose the movie. It may not be something that you would usually watch but then it can give you an idea of what your grandchild is into right now. Who knows – it may even lead to a lively discussion.

* Reminisce over old photo albums – Many teens wonder where their childhood went. You can show them with old family albums. Go through old times with pictures from when they were young and when you were young. It could spark questions about how you handled the teen years. At the very least, you get to share a precious afternoon with them.

* Volunteer – You might want to think twice about this one but then again, you may be up to it. When your teen hits the ripe old age of fifteen, they will have one thing on their minds – driving. You could be their driving instructor if your heart can take it. This is a great time to spend teaching them something that you know. Mom and dad will be glad that you did.

* Invite them on vacation – It can be fun having your grandchildren at your place or visiting somewhere different. Offer them the chance to bring a friend along if they wish. Be sure that it is okay with their friend’s parents.

* Share a hobby – Maybe your grandchild liked to go fishing when they were younger. Just because they are older doesn’t mean they don’t still like it. Ask them to bring a friend along who might also be interested in it. You can bond over a worm and a fish hook.

Just because your teen grandchild is growing up doesn’t mean you are being put out to pasture. There are still good times to be had with them if you know how.

Living with teens can sometimes feel like living with locusts. If your teen is constantly complaining of being hungry, you might wonder what the cause of this is and whether it’s normal. When in doubt, consult your child’s doctor to rule out a health issue as the cause of her constant hunger.

Skipping Meals

According to HealthyChildren.org, teens might be hungry constantly because of poor eating habits, including skipping meals. Leaving the house in the morning without eating breakfast can cause teens to be hungry all morning, possibly causing overeating later or making your teen snack throughout the day, without ever having a proper meal. These habits can cause your teen to be chronically a little bit hungry.

Artificial Sweeteners

Teens who use artificial sweeteners might be more hungry in general, according to HealthGuidance.org. When your teen has a diet soda or candy that uses an artificial sweetener, her mouth tastes the sweetness. This tells your teen’s body that sugar is on the way into her system. Insulin is then released into the body, allowing sugar in the body to be used. But because artificial sweeteners are not sugar, the expected sugar never arrives and this causes the blood sugar level to dip. This can promote overeating at the next meal.

Growth Spurts

Teens go through hungry stages when they are experiencing a growth spurt 1. If your teen suddenly becomes ravenous and seems to be eating nonstop, you might find that you’ll be buying larger clothes for your teen in a few months because he might shoot up a couple inches.

How Much Should Teens Eat?

Teens should eat three meals and two snacks each day. If your teen still seems hungry even eating that much, feed her more. Ensure that you keep healthful food in the house and are providing well-rounded meals. If your teen is hungry, a yogurt or a handful of almonds is a better snack than a candy bar.

Stomach Becoming Stretched

Teens might also seem to be hungry all the time if they constantly eat large amounts of food. Eating a lot over an extended period stretches out the stomach, making it take more food to fill and not feel hungry anymore. This can be helped by drinking a large glass of water before meals to fill up or starting each meal with a salad to fill up with healthy fare.