Shannon Philpott-Sanders

Writing, Reflecting, Teaching, Parenting

Parents vs. Tweens: Survival of the Fittest?

Published October 2010:

Parents vs. Tweens: Survival of the Fittest?

Article Overview:

The “tween” years have their own unique issues, as children ricochet back and forth between early childhood and beckoning adolescence.

But the relationship between parent and child doesn’t have to be a constant struggle.

Article Excerpt:

The tween years can be an exciting yet a treacherous time for both 8- to 12-year-olds and their parents. Developing children are experiencing newfound freedoms pushing them into the world of adolescence, and at the same time they are holding on to life as little tots. For parents and their tweens, it is a time that will test the patience and strength of all. It doesn’t, though, have to evolve into a competition or a game of survival of the fittest.

The key to building a stronger relationship with tweens is to understand the struggles they are facing.

Problematic issues for tweens

Elizabeth Hartley-Brewer, author of Talking to Tweens and the mother of tweens, has identified four key problematic issues for tweens.

Read the full story here.


– Shannon Philpott


October 8, 2010 - Posted by | Feature Stories, Magazine Writing, Sample Work | , , , , , ,

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