Between growth spurts and voice changes, tweens often feel awkward in body and expression. When all else seems to be spinning out of control, music and art are outlets that let kids channel energy through their minds and hands. Both activities also reinforce math skills.
If your child's school doesn't offer after school band or art club, check around your community for a youth symphony, community band or arts association. Individual lessons are another option. You could also provide your child and some friends with a few materials and a space to be creative. Hosting the art club or letting the garage band practice at your home shows support for your tween's talents and keeps you in the loop.