This is a time to strengthen the parent-child relationship.
Kids at this stage have an interesting mix of developing intellectual capacity, jumbled emotions, purposeful passions. Some have an interest in changing the world but face the challenges of a sometimes complicated social life. Others seem to be strong in their stand for change and action. I think about Greta Thunberg, the 15 year old young Swedish activist seeking action on climate change. Now, we may differ in opinion about how these youngsters go about advocating for change, but they do have a point.
I digress ... With all their enthusiasm and 'raring to go' instinct this is the time to stand beside them to help build their character and confidence. Remember, they are watching you and your reaction / actions t a changing world You are their role model.
In 'How Parents Can Help Middle Schoolers Build Confidence and Character' you will find a few helpful tips:
- Keep the lines of communication open
- Maintain an attitude of curiosity
- Coach through interference (this is a good one to read)