Ahh yes, besides the “terrible two” stage, many parents fear the tween years- a stage of development where children develop into teenagers. For many students, this is around the ages between 9 and 13 years old. The tween years represent a rapid change in physical, mental and social development. They face new responsibilities, pressure, and what seems like an endless search for their identity. Fear not folks, here are some tips for the tween years:
1.⭐️- Take a breathe and give him/her some space. Not necessarily physical space but rather emotional space. Tween behavior may come off as defiance or power struggles, and that will make you want to pull your hair out. By giving yourself some space too, this will acknowledge to both tween and you that it’s better to hit a ‘reset’ button sometimes. Breathe, then come back.
2.⭐️- Be there for them subtly. Yes, tweens will want to distance themselves from you sometimes, but that’s part of the social navigation they go through, to seek some independence. Let them know you love them, whether it’s a simple text or small gesture, or even letting them pick out where to eat dinner for the night.
3.⭐️- Roll with the changes. Tweens may start showing interests in things they haven’t been before, but they are still counting on you for support. For example, they may want to hang out at the mall with their friends without you (which could be a new thing). Instead of saying no, remind them what time to be home by.
Hope this helps! I’ll revisit this topic again.
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