Many parents think the most critical time in their child’s development is when they become a teen or reach puberty; although it’s true this is a tumultuous time for both children and parents, the years leading up to the teen years (aka the “tween” years) just may be even more critical.
At age 9, children are faced with the reality (albeit subconsciously) that they are stuck between two worlds; the world of sitting on mommy’s lap and the world of not yet being a big kid. This is the time it is the most essential to develop a connected relationship with your child, because it will define who they become as an adult.
The Partnership for a Drug-Free America recently launched a new web feature called A Parent’s Guide to the Teen Brain . As a parent coach and the mother of three children (and another one on the way), the message of “Teen Brain” is important because it offers parents support for how they can better understand the science behind the way their tweens and teens act and guidance on how to better interact and connect with them.
As a parent coach, the number one thing parents tell me is that they need more support with raising their children as they enter adolescence. I am happy to be a part of thePartnership’s new initiative and believe it will offer parents great insight that will positively impact the lives of their tweens, teens and families!