I have a tween that is absolutely amazing to me. She may fear me somewhat, but that is beside the point. Her dad, on the other hand, he is a pushover and the tween years with him are little rockier. She does get attitudes with him when I am not around, which makes me sad. If you have a tween at home, this 30 Days of Tween Parenting Encouragement has realistic tips and encouragement from 30 Christian bloggers to help you.
Although she hasn’t gotten horrible attitudes with me, it is a very emotional time for her. Sometimes when we have our alone time, she cries or feels sad. She was bullied for a bit until I found out and that has had some lasting effects.
Tweens are tough, but we can make it through with some encouragement, for sure.
Here are some tips I have found that may help us to stay close to our tweens even as they go through this in-between stage:
- Don’t feel rejected with their need for more independence (even though it’s tough)
- Make sure to have special time with just them (no matter what)
- Make sure you keep a close eye on their access to the internet and what they are watching (it is very influential to them)
- Start the conversation about sex and drugs (and try not to freak out if they tell you stories about their friends. Stay cool and calm, but bring God’s truth.)
- DO NOT put them down. (At all costs avoid insulting them. They get this enough around peers and you are the last person they need to hear that from.)
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Jeannette is a wife, mother and homeschooling mom. She has been mightily, saved by grace and is grateful for God’s sovereignty throughout her life’s journey. She has a Bachelor in English Education and her MBA. Jeannette is bi-lingual and currently lives in the Tongan Islands of the South Pacific. She posts daily freebies for homeschoolers!