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Age 10-12 years

Today's precocious preteens often shock parents when they begin to act like teenagers. Don't be fooled, they’re still children. They’ll astonish you with their ability to conceptualize, to argue brilliantly, and then to do foolish things.

The Middle School years are a time of magical blossoming, but like all huge transitions in our kids' lives, they’re filled with ups and downs. As with parenting toddlers, parents who don’t accept and constructively negotiate their child's blossoming independence invite rebellion, or even worse, deception.

The biggest danger for tweens is losing the connection to parents while struggling to find their place and connect in their peer world. The biggest danger for parents is trying to parent through power instead of through relationship, thus eroding their bond and losing their influence on their child as she moves into the teen years.

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Peaceful Parenting Your Preteen

Here's your game-plan to encourage healthy habits and values while navigating your preteen's need for age-approprate independence.

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The First Cell Phone: Rules for Responsibility

It's natural to worry when your child is ready for her first cell phone. Luckily, communication and supervision can dramatically lessen the risks. How?

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Staying Close to Your Tween Daughter

Your tween's developing body is flooded by hormones, if you can accept this new situation & adjust your parenting, the tween years are the perfect time to strengthen you relationship.

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Helping Your Child Adjust to Middle School

Parenting in the middle school years is more coaching and less direct advocacy.

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