Emily's been having quite a time with the whole puberty issue. One minute she's deliriously happy and the next she's sobbing and I have no idea what happened in between. She doesn't have any idea either.
We've been discussing for quite a while the emotional roller coaster than comes with puberty so she knew this was coming. She just didn't know the reality of it would be so aggravating.
She knew that tears would come over ridiculous things. She'll even start laughing at herself while she's crying and say, "I have no idea why I'm crying!" Sometimes when she is frustrated she will just tell me, "I need to go to my room and cry for five minutes." She's goes off, and comes back five minutes later with a (slightly) better attitude.
I recently had another mom tell me that they were able to control her daughter's mood swings with a low carb diet. She said that they ate lots of proteins, fruits and vegetables, but not many carbs or sugars. That kept her daughter's energy level on an even keel and helped her be less moody.
I explained this concept to Emily today and suggested that we cut out most sugars and refined starches.
She sat there for a moment and then calmly said, "I'm unimpressed with this idea."
I don't think she's willing to give up dessert for the sake of a few tears.