The “tween years” are effectively the half dozen years prior to the teenage years, where a child begins to develop characteristics and traits, where they start to learn to read and write, develop interests and hobbies. They’re the years normally spent in Primary school with other “tweenies”, before they take the giant leap into post-primary education with teenagers.
The tween years set the table for puberty and adolescence, and ultimately into adulthood. They’re important years academically, as they try to come to terms with subjects such as maths. If they can negotiate these subjects with ease, then it’s a good sign. On the other hand, if they have difficulty, it might be worth investigating why they’re under-performing.
From a parent’s perspective, they must recognise their children’s actual age, and refrain from pushing them to act older than this, or indeed from treating them like little kids. The temptation is there to lump them in with smaller children for convenience sake, but this might aggravate or alienate them.
It’s important to encourage them to try everything during these the tweenies. This is when they’ll develop their natural instincts and attractions to music, sport or art, and they’ll appreciate all the encouragement they can get to nourish their potential. Make sure they get lots of physical exercise and they are not playing computer games or such things in the house all day. Encourage them to read a book instead of playing these games. They are far more engaging and stimulating for the brain.
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