A mother and daughter’s bond is very poignant and tender, and equally significant in shaping the daughter’s life. This bond is at a crucial stage when the daughter is in her tweens, and you as a mother could either make it or break it from here.

A mother and daughter’s bond is very poignant and tender, and equally significant in shaping the daughter’s life. This bond is at a crucial stage when the daughter is in her tweens, and you as a mother could either make it or break it from here. What is important to you right now may not even matter to her and it is not possible for her to understand the intricacies of your life at this stage because she herself is dealing with a thousand other complications. She is in dire need of help and is unaware of it; it is you who will have to attend to it.

Emotional connect with your daughter is very important at this stage and it is not always easy to form a bond as there is huge generation gap between you and your daughter. It is important to understand the concepts of the new generation. As a tween mom, you have to familiarize yourself with tween fashion, tween music, and tween health and so on.

A tween goes through drastic physical, social and mental changes during her middle school years. It is during this phase, a tween is most likely to face problems, like peer pressure, bullies, ragging etc. Moms of tweens have to very carefully empathize with their kids without seeming to be interfering. A lot of girls attain puberty at this stage and it is important to keep your daughter posted about menstruation and other health problems. You have to help her make vital choices without becoming too influential on her.
Inhalants, alcohols, drugs and menstruation are primary concerns about tween health.

It is also essential to assist your daughter feel good about her body. See to it that she doesn’t fall a victim to anorexia. Tweens who are dissatisfied with their bodies are at a higher risk of developing mental health problems such as low self esteem, depression, eating disorder etc. You need to know whether your daughter is suffering from inferiority complex or not.

Tweens are at such stage in their lives where reprimanding them time and again is necessary but no one likes to be reprimanded all the while. Thus, make friends with your daughter, understand her needs, her likes and her dislikes; try to get along with her and gradually let her know about the problems she could face, without being authoritative or dominating mother. At the same time, you should subtly let her know that you’ll be there for her whenever she needs you.

Tweens are at such stage in their lives where they are prone to making mistakes and need to be informed about the consequences of their decisions. This has to be done without towering above their heads all the time. The best way to do it is to befriend them. Talking to her about the ongoing trends, T.V stars, boys etc could act as ice-breakers in case you don’t know how to make friends with your daughter. Soon, you will find your daughter sharing every aspect of her life. All a tween needs is a friend with whom she could confide and you could very well be the one to share their problems. All you have to do is be there for her.

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Renea Morris is the author of this article on Mom Magazine.
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