There seems to be a lot of advice available for how to cope with the challenges of babies, toddlers and teenagers but not much for that in between age, 8-12 years; the ‘tweenies’. I am the mum of a wonderful 9 year old girl who, like most children, has her moments! I have been thinking about the conversations that my friends and I have recently had about our tweenies, and how to deal with the challenges that go along with this age (and we thought toddlers were hard work!)
8-12 year olds face a lot of change with the progression to secondary school being a huge milestone. My daughter and her friends at school seem to be starting to really feel peer, social and academic pressure and their days can seem very full with after-school activities and other clubs.
I spent some time looking into the changes that tweenies often face and looked for ideas and tips on how I might help my daughter to move through them. I have shared them below as I thought they might be of interest to parents experiencing the same.
Emotional Development and Social Behaviour
Learning and Empathy
Tips to help them (and you) through it all: