8.05.2014

Being Mom of a "Tween"


Being Mom of a Tween

I know there are a lot of mom’s to babies and toddlers on my blogging list but there are not many if any tween moms.

This is the age of 11-12 before they reach the teen years- The Einstein/Miss Independent Age: 11-20 This girl knows everything and can do everything herself. Everything. The easiest way to identify her is by her language. She only speaks two words, “I know.”

I think it is almost as had if not as bad as a teenager, they have pretty much the same “side effects” we will call them. I am 1 week in and to be honest so far so good… ask me in 6 months and maybe my mind will have changed..

Things to keep in mind when you are the mom of a Tween:

1)   Treat them like a teen- I know mom’s it hurts to think your baby is growing up so quickly but it is going to happen, so treat them like they want to be treated, I mean all the Good ways ;)

2)   Increase their bed time as a teenager would , we have let Brooke’s bedtime changed by 3 mins, we are giving it a try, so far the mornings have been good.

3)   Give them responsibilities- we gave Brooke a cell phonefor her 11th birthday and so in order for her to keep this phone working, it has to come out of her allowance, maybe you call us mean, but they have to learn sometime

4)   Be their Friend, their very best friend- They need to know you are not trying to be mean to them, make them comfortable to talk to you about anything and everything, if they cannot talk to you, who can they talk to

5)     Love them unconditionally- No matter what happens in life, I will love my daughter til the day I die, none of us are perfect and we all make mistakes, the key is to Love them.
I love my Tween
 

14 comments

  1. Savor the time you have with your tween because she would be out of the nest before you know it.

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  2. Can't believe she is 11 already! It feels like just yesterday you joined LBN and introduced yourself as 'Terri, a mom of a 'little girl'.

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  3. Luckily, I have a couple years before my oldest hits this stage. Until then I'm bookmarking this for future reference (since I'm sure I'll need it).

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  4. I'm afraid of those years. Parenting is scary. Thankfully my daughter is only two right now.

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  5. Love them so much through this tough time in their lives as they adjust from being a child to being more independent. I love mine so very much.

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  7. The tween years flew fast for mine!

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  8. You can't be mean for giving your child responsibilities for owning a cellphone. The inverse is true - giving a cell to a child with no responsibilities is foolish. Great tips.

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  9. I love this age. I know I'm not the norm. But I just love their innate weirdness. It's my favorite age!

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  10. Great tips. I think making bedtime a bit later is a great idea, they need to know they are growing up and have something to show for it :-)

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  11. Time flies and every moment is so precious, enjoy all the transitions, they can be soooo fun!

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  12. My daughter turned 11 this year too. They grow up so fast. Great advice.

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  13. I've got a couple (or more?) years to go and looking forward to the tween years. Thanks for the tips!

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