Mood swings generally describe how an individual’s emotion goes from a high note to another note. It may be from a happier moment and may go down to a sadder one. It can goes gradually from normal mode to a joyful one, or it could be a sudden swing from happy to sad due to unforeseen events happening right after the joyful moment.
Some individuals has a lot of high and low moments within a short span of time. For example, my baby at the age of 2-3 months old. He was crying due to a napkin change but once he saw either one of us adults close to him, he would quickly calm down. Guess this is a natural emotion span. However he could suddenly move on to a higher note and gave us a big smile, and gradually into a couple of chuckling sounds, like trying to crack a joke (or maybe cracking a joke on us!)
All these mood swings happened even before we actually wrap him up with a new napkin!
When these situations are demonstrated from a baby, it’s full of joy and laughter. No matter how the adult may be annoyed by the baby cries initially due to nappy change or fussing for making sure the milk is the right temperature for baby. The adult would always be the first to pop up by the baby side, in order to calm the baby. Therefore the the initial expectation is from being annoy, slowly calm down as the baby stop crying, then the mouth would tweak into smile and gradually a laughter would break out upon seeing the change of the baby’s facial expressions.
As my baby grows, he seems to demonstrate many more different mood swings. Most importantly the mood can swing from a normal note to a totally higher octave, or very much lower within the split second!
Now my baby is a 10 year old school-going kid, his mood swings are generally due to his encounters at school and of course at home. His moments with his friends and with us generally dictates his mood swings during the day hours.
Bless that he still has laughter in his daily life, mostly from our chat on his favourite topics, on Pokemon Anime and his MineCraft Youtubers’ storytelling. His mood would totally drop to much lower note, whenever we talk about his homework or when we ask him about his exams preparation.
Well the above are still general mood swings of a young kid. Although it’s natural emotion demonstration of a child, I am at times taken a back. For the boy could be super emotional, displaying different mood swings at one go. He could be a stubborn and angry kid when he is told to take up something that he dislike. In fact, in his dictionary, he would term as HATE!
What could a young boy of 10 know about HATE! Such a strong word! In my days we would only use dislike, unhappy and upset is to describe when we are in bad mood.
Why now, does a young boy describe his dislike in such a strong manner?
Could it be due to freedom of voicing his opinions or probably due to parents (being too devoted to giving the kids what they wanted) neglect the fact that one cannot have all that he wish for in this world without working towards achieving the reward. In fact, when we grow up, at times, no matter how we work hard for it, results may not be obvious within a short period.
This strikes me that I need to take care of my kid’s emotional state and possible anger management. He can express freely but he needs to know the limits. Hence now a daily task for me. My hope is that his mood swings won’t be firewalls blocking his path ahead. Instead he should be able to make use of his intelligence and make each decisions at his very best. His mood swings would bring him joy and not anger, and the swings should be able to help him adapt to the possible setbacks he may be facing in life and turn them to pillars of success.