The tween years can be the most difficult to parent. Sure, the newborn stage of missing sleep is terrible also BUT having a tween can be a pretty good equivalent. Tween years (ages 8-12) are also the most sensitive, direction driven years that can and will impact the child’s future. Surviving these years can seem like well, something like The Hunger Games. If you still haven’t read that book, you need to, to see what I mean.
I have come know, with a now, eleven year old, some things that have helped her evolve and grow with mutual respect for each other’s roles through each phase of our family.
There is no book of parenting, especially for raising tweens, that is for sure. But, starting with letting them be an individual and figure some things out for themselves with you by their side to steer them when they are in the ditch and be their sounding board, can aide in developing a wonderful adult.
For you, what is the most difficult part of raising a tween? Comment below!