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Have you heard of “tweens”? I had to fill my husband in on this term when he whispered to me covertly this morning, as if he was about to learn something scandalous, “What’s a ‘tween‘?!”
A “tween” is a human being between the ages of 8 and 12. They are termed “tweens” because they are between a small child and a teen.
Well, I say they are human, but sometimes they act like aliens. Or maybe that’s just in our family.
Let’s just say that with 7 daughters in the house, we go through a lot of drama.
And toiletries. Lotsssss of toiletries.
The trick to dealing with tweens, or any human for that matter, is to not let onto to them that you think they are acting like aliens. Just play it like there is nothing at all unusual about crying when your “bangs look all wack“.
Listen to their anxieties. Calm their fears. Assure them that you went through something similar and you survived!
One of my tweens may have fretted recently about sometimes forgetting to put on deodorant, since it is a new routine for her, and I may have shared with her that sometimes crazy grown adult women with eight children and a passion for Vanilla Dr. Peppers from Sonic forget to put on deodorant themselves and experience The Near Stinksaster of Aught Nine.
Or so I’ve heard.
How do you keep the lines of communication open with your tweens and teens?
Check out this video where Rosiland Wiseman author of Queen Bees and Wannabees shares her expertise about the tricky tween years. (If you are reading this in your feed, be sure to click over to my blog to see the video.)
And check out the Don’t Fret the Sweat Facebook page sponsored by Unliever – maker of Degree, Dove and Suave deodorants – for money saving offers and expert tips, tools and real life stories about how parents helping their tweens become confident and self-reliant teens.
This is a sponsored post. Thank you, Unilever!