Parenting: Tween Terrors

July 13, 2012 6:25:35 AM PDT
We've all heard of the terrible two's, but more and more I'm hearing parents complain about the terrible tweens!

Tweens are defined as children typically between the ages of 8 and 12. That means, I have two tweens in the house now!

I have to admit, I have noticed changes over the past year, but thankfully, have not experienced anything too terrible just yet. I decided to arm myself with a little knowledge before that happens.

I read an interesting article on "WebMD" by Joanne Barker about the mistakes parents make in dealing with tweens. It's suggested that parents shouldn't expect the worst. Richard Lerner, PhD., says "Expecting the worst sets parents and teens up for several unhappy, unsatisfying years together."

Believe it or not, experts say don't read too many parenting books! It's suggested you spend extra time actually talking with your children. Try getting to know them better as young adults and figuring out what matters most to your family.

We see many parents hovering around the kids and making their decisions. However when your child is nearly a teen, experts say it's a good idea to let them make their own choices and deal with the consequences.

Of course, be prepared to step in when your child needs some guidance!

Check out the "5 Mistakes Parents Make With Teens and Tweens" for more information and advice.

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