If you are parenting a tween, you are probably aware how easily the kids are suddenly just too busy even for you. They are likely spending significantly more time with their peers. While they may be less dependent than the elementary school days, it is an important season of parenting to be intentional in ways to connect with them.
March is the month that most high school seniors find out about college acceptances. Then, they have until May 1 to pick their college.
It is a time of excitement and disappointment...and it is a time that consumes families as they cope with the emotional upheaval and the daunting financial commitment to come. BUT, that's not what we're discussing now!
Eight years ago we purchased a cell phone for our now 22 year old daughter when she began grade nine. Our rationale was that being more independent at that time, a cell phone for communication (with us in particular) was warranted. Now, waiting until our children are high school age to purchase a cell phone for them is almost unheard of. When our younger daughter (now 14), was 12, she got her first cell phone.
The opportunity to reinvent yourself in the New Year isn’t lost on tweens and teens; many young people seek self-improvement this time of year. Consistent with their ‘sky’s-the-limit’ approach to life, teens’ goals may be expressed in grandiose terms. Don’t try to talk your teen down.
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