D uring the past year my youngest morphed from child to teenager. Down came the posters of adorable puppies and the drawings from art class; up went the airbrushed faces of Leonardo di Caprio and Kate Winslet. CDs of Le Ann Rimes and Paula Cole appeared mysteriously, along with teen fan magazines featuring glowering movie and rock-and-roll hunks with earrings and threatening names like Backstreet Boys.
Parenting tweens gets a bad rap. That being said, it can be difficult for parents and educators to balance their burgeoning need for autonomy with residual kid-like behavior. Nine to thirteen year olds are moving through huge changes in their physical, cognitive emotional and social development.
By Lindsay Kneteman Sep 24, Photo: iStockphoto. She told herself that, when it came to teaching her kids about sex, she would be open and honest.
We are formed by little scraps of wisdom. One obstacle for many parents when it comes to teaching their child about healthy sexuality is what to teach, and when. We want to help provide you with an outline of things that you may consider teaching at different age ranges. Of course some children are more or less mature than their peers and you should adjust your talks accordingly.
Answering their kids' questions about sex is a responsibility that many parents dread. Otherwise confident moms and dads often feel tongue-tied and awkward when it comes to talking about puberty and where babies come from. But the subject shouldn't be avoided.
The "tween years" can be challenging for both children and their parents. Young adolescents are continuing to explore their community and world and beginning to develop unique identities separate from their parents. Although it's not often acknowledged by the child, parents are still extremely important in the life of a young adolescent.
I think most parents dread the day they have the sex talk with their teenagers. My first trip to the gyno was when I was already eight weeks pregnant. I cried through the whole exam.
I like to think that we have an open home, that no subject is taboo, and my children can come to me with anything. That's the type of home I was raised in, and one I passionately try to replicate for my kids. But nothing really prepared me for talking to my year-old son about sex. I've known we've needed to have the conversation for some time, but I just kept putting it off.
The word 'tween' is often used to describe an age group of children that are in between being a child and a teenager. The tween years are a time of transition and change. Parents of tweens notice a lot of changes in their children over these few years.
By Michele Borba, Ed. Talking with an adolescent can be like walking through a minefield; at any moment, you could be asking what you thought was a simple, sincere question, only to find it triggering an explosive response. You know that communication keeps you connected to your child, but it often seems to backfire because of the type of questions asked.