So how do we maintain healthy relationships with our child and tweens now that they can talk back! Relationships are constantly evolving and this fact is driven home as our children change; just when we think we have this parenting stuff down, our children grow into another stage. Two quotes stand out for me in this interesting developmental period for our children.
Peggy O’Mara nails it with “The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice.” And a world renowned family therapist, Virginia Satir, reminds us,” We need 4 hugs a day for survival. We need 8 hugs a day for maintenance. We need 12 hugs a day for growth.”
Learn how to effectively communicate with your child, your partner, and everyone else involved to get it right most of the time and how to repair effectively when, because we are all human, you come up short. Yes, it really can be fairly easy and happy in the home while juggling the needs of your partner, children, extended family and work, even in these fast paced times!
|Child Relationships||Tween Relationships|
|Parenting with Love & Logic™.||Healthy eating and sleeping.|
|Parenting styles.||Being a parent, not a friend.|
|Unstructured playtime.||New developmental milestones.|
|Building self-image.||Chores and allowances.|
|Updated bonding and attachment.||Cannot be too loving.|
|Family interconnectedness.||Fostering independence.|
|Fostering initiative, not guilt issues.||Fitting in vs. feeling inferior issues.|