Parenting is challenging no matter what the age of your child. It is not to be taken lightly. No matter what the case it is important to keep in mind that you are not alone. You may choose to seek help from library books, online, parents only chat rooms or a school counselor. Just always keep in mind that there are resources available to help you through any parenting situation.
The pre-teen years are beginning earlier in many kids today. At one time pre-teens were considered to be between the ages of 11 and 13, now they begin as early as 8 years old for many kids. This means you must establish a pre-teen plan very early on. Many people wonder why this transition is happening earlier, but actually it is a fact that some children begin their development around this age. The changing bodies bring about changing attitudes both of which are stemming from changing hormones. These hormonal changes are beyond any parent’s control.
At this age it is important to establish open communication with your pre-teen about sex, drugs and puberty. It may seem as though they are too young, however they are being faced with these topics earlier and earlier these days. Wouldn’t you rather educate your child on these matters yourself, rather than have them learn from their friends or wors, from their mistakes. It is important to keep the communication open and honest and reassure your child that they can always come to you no matter what they may be faced with.
Many parents find these conversations challenging, however it is one of the most valuable tools you can give your child. It is important to reassure them that their feelings are natural and that their questions are normal. They need to know that they can come to you and you value their feelings and want to help them with any issues they may have.
Fostering an open and honest relationship is very tough for some parents, however it is very important for your peace of mind and theirs. With all ofthe changes in the world today it is important that you have a better understanding of your teen and what dilemmas they may be faced with. For those issues that you don’t fully understand, remember the many resources that are available to help you and your teen through these challenging years.
There are many parenting resources out there to help you through any parenting situations you might be faced with. You will find many helpful parenting tips online if you check out parentinginformed.com.