We should, though. The pre-adolescent years between the ages of nine and 12 are chock full of amazing developmental changes for your child; cognitive, physical, and emotional. It can be an unsettling and confusing time, for both you and your child, but have no fear, there is much hope for the both of you. Now is the perfect time to become a better listener which automatically means less talking.
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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.
A child in preadolescence is not the same person he was just a year or two ago. He has changed —physically, cognitively, emotionally, and socially. What he may not know is that he needs you as much as ever, because a strong parent-child relationship now can set the stage for a much less turbulent adolescence. We asked some experts for parenting tips to help you keep the channels of communication open between you and your pre-teen —and have a smoother transition into the teen years.