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...

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Understanding Tweens - Fast or Slow, Nobody Knows (Part 1)

My basketball career began in the spring of 1979.  I started out playing point guard for Burger Chef, one of the local fast food joints that sponsored a team in my little home-town.   Every Saturday morning, my family piled into our big Oldsmobile to watch me play games at the old elementary school gymnasium.  If the truth be told, they really came to watch me warm the bench for three quarters, and if we were ahead by more than twenty points, I’d get to play ten minutes or so of the last quarter.  I was the smallest boy on the team, and it would be safe to say I wasn’t a strong contributor. 

I would sit on the bench beside my 9-12 year old teammates, many of who had banged down the door of puberty with force and fury.  I, on the other hand, was showing no indicators of the onset of puberty.   I was small and scrawny. READ MORE

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