Pursue Pop Culture Connections
If you know who Demi Lovato, Justin Bieber, Nick Jonas and Selena Gomez are, you're probably either a tween or the parent of a tween. And while the specific celebrities and fads worthy of teenybopper worship may change from year to year, pop culture fascination persists. This presents a great way for you to bond with your tween: Get to know his or her celebrity crushes, sports heroes and favorite fashion trends. Take your tween and his or her friends to see the hottest new tween flick on opening day, or take them on a shopping trip to pick out room décor in their favorite new trend. Be warned, though, you run the risk of being lame rather than cool if your pop culture knowledge is painfully out of date.
Stay in the Know
How do you keep up with what's hot and what's not?
- Your best source is your own tween and his or her friends.
- If the last time you picked up a teen magazine was 1986, you might want to buy a new one.
- Nickelodeon and the Disney Channel usually have their fingers on the tween pulse.