It’s completely natural that your tween wants to rush into all the things he or she sees older kids doing. Just because a particular choice is the “norm” these days doesn’t make it a good choice.
Think about these ten areas where you may need to hold your child back—for her own good.
Consider this: Bottom line: Giving your child unrestricted, unmonitored access to the online world is asking for trouble.
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With this knowledge of the dating scene, why would anyone allow their tween to start dating?
"Teenagers often wonder two things: how to date and what a healthy relationship is," says Jennifer Connolly, Ph D, Director of the La Marsh Centre for Research on Violence and Conflict Resolution at York University.
’ Yes, well, that’s because you were with your boy.” Dating for two is difficult; dating in a crowd is downright complicated.
The kids are engaged, at least on some level, even when you don’t think they are.
adds that "The age for dating is different [in] every family," and that much depends on a particular child's level of preparedeness.Being a parent means committing to guide your child through many complicated and difficult stages of life.You go from changing their diapers, to teaching them how to tie their shoes, to eventually helping them understand dating and love."Parents should take an active role in teaching and helping their kids understand what normal dating behaviours are." By understanding what "healthy" dating is at this age, parents can set limits and protect their child.At the end of the day, "it's better than saying they shouldn't date at all." "What is healthy is being in a group of boys and girls and transitioning from same-sex-only groups into groups in contact with the other sex," says Connolly.