Parenting - Teens | 10-18 yrs

Tween To Teen Transition

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If your child is in the adolescent age, it might be the most mystifying and challenging phase of parenting for you. She will have sudden mood swings, become dramatic, defy rules and probably turn scatter-brained.

But, it is nothing to worry about. Your child is just transitioning from a tween to a teen. An article in Kiwi Families explains the signs of this transition. “The transition from tween to a young teen is tricky and can see-saw from:

• A tween acting or wanting to be treated like an ‘adult’ one second and all they think ‘comes with that’; but then still expecting to get away with child-like behaviour when it suits them.

• A parent expecting them to be a kid and not grow up to fast; but wanting them to take responsibilities when it suits us.”

As she is developing into someone she herself doesn’t yet understand completely, her reasoning will drop and irrational demands might increase. This is the phase your child needs most of your understanding, coaching and support, even though it might be equally hard for you to witness this transition. An article in marilyn.ca says, “Be sure to look forward to your child so they know and feel supported in their development. Our job as parents is to create children who become independent, happy people.”

Only through staying warm and supportive, you can assist your child through a smooth transition, from a tween to not just a teen, but also a mature adult, later in her life. For more tips on how to face this phase of parenting effectively, read through this ClipBook.

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