Understanding Tweens - Fast or Slow, Nobody Knows (Part 2)

Last week in Part 1, we talked about tweens and what they need from us as parents.

Here are some of the ways we talked about supporting our tweens:

  1. Study development.  We serve our kids well when we have a working understanding of what’s normal and what’s not....
  2. Tell stories.  One of my sons appears to be a late bloomer as well.  This isn’t surprising, as he carries my genetic ingredients...
  3. Create opportunity.  It’s vital that these developing young beings have a context to experience value, purpose and meaning...
  4. Keep talking.  Kids need us to begin and continue an ongoing dialogue about their growth...

Here are some resources for PARENTS to help with these suggestions:

Resources for TWEENS:

www.aap.org The American Academy of Pediatrics has some excellent material on their site.  The “Ages and Stages” section identifies the developmental milestones for pre-adolescents, defining what’s normal and what’s not, as well as providing valuable information about the onset of puberty.