Top 10 Parenting Tips for Tweens


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Prepare for All of This to Get Tougher
Use this stage to strengthen your relationship with your tween -- it just may come in handy during the teen years ahead.
Use this stage to strengthen your relationship with your tween -- it just may come in handy during the teen years ahead.
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If you think your child's tween years are challenging, just wait until the teen years. Fortunately, you can use these middle years to pave the way for junior high and beyond. In her tween parenting book "How to Hug a Porcupine," Julie A. Ross points out a key advantage the tween years have over early childhood years: the chance to build, strengthen and fortify your relationship with your child. During this time, you'll be in between directly controlling your child's behavior (early childhood) and having little control at all (teen years). How you're able to influence and teach your child in the coming years will, in part, be based on the sturdiness of your relationship now.

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