Those pre-teen or “tween” years when your child hits double digits in age and suddenly wants nothing to do with you can be tough for caregivers. They’re busy testing limits and developing independence, and it’s a challenge to keep a strong bond with your child. The Child Mind Institute has ten tips to help you parent your tween during these challenging years.

  1. Don’t feel rejected by their newfound independence.
  2. Set aside special time with your child.
  3. Try the indirect approach.
  4. Don’t be overly judgmental.
  5. Watch what they watch with them.
  6. Don’t be afraid to start conversations about sex and drugs.
  7. Don’t overreact.
  8. Don’t be “clueless” either.
  9. Encourage sports for girls.
  10. Nurture your boy’s emotional side.

For more details on each of these points and how to implement them with your child, check out the full article at the Child Mind Institute.

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