Raising a tween is a challenge for anyone. If you don’t know what it’s like then get ready for a surprise. When the hormones start kicking in as they age, the behavior of your child can change dramatically. One day your ‘sweet little angel’ could completely ‘lose it’ after you ask them to clean their room. Nothing to wrong, the hormones your child is experiencing are causing them to act this way, but a strong value based system of parenting will make sure you survive these years with all your hair and still with a great relationship.
Your child’s ideas about the world are still very innocent and easily influenced so it’s very important you maintain your image as a parent first and foremost to your child. Explain to them that you just want them to be safe and that you love them for who they are. A structured and clear relationship will reduce stress in both of your lives. Don’t be afraid to draw the lines about what they can and cannot do or say. Regardless of their initial response they will actually appreciate this so long as your rules are fair and compromising. Another important thing to do is to spend as much time as possible with your child during these years. They will inevitably have tons of plans and after-school activities so the time you spend together is very valuable. At home with the family they will be reminded that they are ultimately part of a family that will love them unconditionally for who they are.
At The Wow Factory we are parents just like you who love and care for our children. We understand your life as a parent and that’s why we do all we can to make your experience here as great as it can be.