Defining the Tween Years for moms and dads


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The tween years are a time of transition and change. A tween is maturing into a teenager physically, emotionally, and socially and they are learning to take on new responsibilities at school and home. Parents of tweens notice a lot of changes in their children over these few years.

The self-discovery happening during the tween years is huge, and it’s endlessly fascinating to watch. However, the tough parts — like the moodiness, and the self-doubt, and the downright rude. Parents may be frustrated and angry that the teen seems to no longer respond to parental authority.

Methods of discipline that worked well in earlier years may no longer have an effect. And, parents may feel frightened and helpless about the choices their teen is making. As a result, the teen years are ripe for producing conflict in the family.

The tween years are those years between approximately 8 and 13 when a child is not yet a teen but no longer just a little kid. They are often overlooked by parents and experts, alike because they happen to fall between two very busy and exciting stages of life – early childhood and the teen years. You’re probably in the throes of parenting the “between” years. This age group, which usually describes kids ages 9 to 12, is better known as the tweens.

From shyness to independence, from baby fat to puberty, this can be a wildly exciting and tumultuous time of life for you and your tween. “Parenting tweens can be challenging for parents, because their ‘little kid’ who liked to cuddle, learn. So, although it can be a period of conflict between parent and child, the teen years are also a time to help kids grow into the distinct individuals they will become. Understanding the Teen Years.

So when does adolescence start? Everybody’s different — there are early bloomers, late arrivers, speedy developers, and slow-but-steady growers. The tween years aren’t easy for anybody, parent or child.

But the preteen years can be especially hard on girls. 1  Puberty is just the beginning. Before your child heads off to high school, she’ll have to navigate her way through middle school, boys, body image, peer pressure and tons more. It’s common knowledge that the tween and teenage years can be hard on the parent-child relationship.

Experiencing defiance, rejection, and ridicule from one’s child is very upsetting for parents. It’s easy for parents to get very angry and disheartened with their tween’s snarky attitude, disrespect, selfishness, and lack of gratitude, or with their teen’s pushing away from parental hugs and other expressions of. Preadolescence, also known as pre-teen or tween, is a stage of human development following early childhood and preceding adolescence.

It commonly ends with the beginning of puberty but may also be defined as ending with the start of the teenage years. For example, the age range is commonly designated as 10–13 years. Teenage pregnancy, also known as adolescent pregnancy, is pregnancy in a female under the age of 20.

Pregnancy can occur with sexual intercourse after the start of ovulation, which can be before the first menstrual period (menarche) but usually occurs after the onset of periods. In well-nourished girls, the first period usually takes place around the age of 12 or 13.

List of related literature:

These examples are taken from Clark (1995: 402); the children’s ages are given in the format years;months:

“What is Morphology?” by Mark Aronoff, Kirsten Fudeman
from What is Morphology?
by Mark Aronoff, Kirsten Fudeman
Wiley, 2011

The children averaged 35 months of age at the beginning of the preschool year, and they were observed frequently during portions of the year so that the development of their social preferences could be charted.

“The Two Sexes: Growing Up Apart, Coming Together” by Eleanor E. Maccoby
from The Two Sexes: Growing Up Apart, Coming Together
by Eleanor E. Maccoby
Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1999

They found the word tween occurring over and over again in factoids related to this age range.

“The Persona Lifecycle: Keeping People in Mind Throughout Product Design” by John Pruitt, Tamara Adlin
from The Persona Lifecycle: Keeping People in Mind Throughout Product Design
by John Pruitt, Tamara Adlin
Elsevier Science, 2010
from the ages of 25 to 36 months (called the object constancy phase), the child is capable of longer times apart from the mother by using transitional objects like bears, dolls, or blankets, that symbolically represent the mother.

“Rape of the Innocent: Understanding and Preventing Child Sexual Abuse” by Juliann WhetsellMitchell
from Rape of the Innocent: Understanding and Preventing Child Sexual Abuse
by Juliann WhetsellMitchell
Accelerated Development, 1995

However, it must be noted that the range of heights in children in any particular age group is larger than the amount of growth that occurs in any one year, therefore a child’s age is only a very crude guide or ‘designation’ of his/her expected stature.

“Metric Pattern Cutting for Children's Wear and Babywear” by Winifred Aldrich
from Metric Pattern Cutting for Children’s Wear and Babywear
by Winifred Aldrich
Wiley, 2012

This is the chart that is most appropriate for parents or caregivers.

“Advanced Pediatric Assessment, Second Edition” by Ellen Chiocca, RNC, MSN, CPNP, Ellen M. Chiocca, MSN, CPNP, APN, RNC-NIC
from Advanced Pediatric Assessment, Second Edition
by Ellen Chiocca, RNC, MSN, CPNP, Ellen M. Chiocca, MSN, CPNP, APN, RNC-NIC
Springer Publishing Company, 2014

Locate the child’s age in the horizontal column at the bottom of the chart.

“Today's Medical Assistant: Clinical & Administrative Procedures” by Kathy Bonewit-West, BS, MEd, Sue Hunt, Edith Applegate, MS
from Today’s Medical Assistant: Clinical & Administrative Procedures
by Kathy Bonewit-West, BS, MEd, Sue Hunt, Edith Applegate, MS
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2015

The infant growth charts should be used for children aged 0–3 years, and the 2to 18-year charts should be used for older children.

“Nutrition in the Prevention and Treatment of Disease” by Carol J. Boushey, Ann M. Coulston, Cheryl L. Rock, Elaine Monsen
from Nutrition in the Prevention and Treatment of Disease
by Carol J. Boushey, Ann M. Coulston, et. al.
Elsevier Science, 2001

The studies of H. Roloff show that the function of defining a concept increases markedly in the child between ages 10 and 12, the time of the beginning of the transitional age.

“The Essential Vygotsky” by Robert W. Rieber, David K. Robinson
from The Essential Vygotsky
by Robert W. Rieber, David K. Robinson
Springer US, 2013

Rather than asking the child or adolescent to undress, sexual or pubertal development can be assessed by asking them to point to the diagrammatic picture most closely matching their own body development on the Tanner stages rating scales that accompany standardised child growth charts.

“Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing in the UK, E-Book” by Katie Evans, Debra Nizette, Anthony O'Brien, Catherine Johnson
from Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing in the UK, E-Book
by Katie Evans, Debra Nizette, et. al.
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2019

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