Tweens are that awkward age, stuck between 9 and 12, too old to be your little boy (or girl) but too young to be a responsible teen.
Facing a variety of obstacles in the next few years including, approaching puberty, increasing responsibilities, increasing amounts of homework, and exposure to dangerous behaviours by their peers including drugs, sex, and more.
Tweens can be a challenge to any parent. One minute they can be sweet and loving, the next they can be moody and difficult.
Tweens push the boundaries and try so hard to pave the way into early teens. But us parents are just not willing to let them grow up just yet. Hold your horses kid!
|Waiting to catch the bus alone for the first time|
Tweens want (and need) lots more from you than ever before. You know that threenager you battled with? That was nothing! The tweenager puts that stage to shame.
Your tweenager wants (and needs)....
Guidance / a mentor - someone to look up to outside the home.
An advocate - someone that always has their back
An ear to listen and an outlet to vent
Sleep! Lots of good energy reviving sleep
My 11 year old says tweens need parents to....
Play games and have fun with them
Teach them the basics of life
Teach their kids manners
Let them take risks
Give them treats/surprises once a month
No yelling! Speak calmly when addressing any poor behaviour