Oh, how I wish I’d had this explanation when I was treating the few “tween” patients I’ve had come through my clinic. You can bet I’m holding onto it for the future.
I don’t normally have a pediatric practice, but from time to time my patients bring their children and grandchildren in. And when they say “My 10, 11, 12, 13-year-old child/grandchild is acting out, upset all the time, depressed or just tired all the time”, my heart used to sink a bit.
Now, armed with this excellent and very age-appropriate explanation, I feel ready to tackle all the tweens that get thrown at me.
By understanding the actual changes happening in their brains, adults can address the raging ‘tween’ personality changes in constructive and healthy ways.
We have a responsibility to future generations, parents or not. And one way we can fulfil that responsibility is by engaging them in a manner that benefits them today and going forward. Explanations like those in this article are beneficial, especially as we confront more and more sophisticated thinking in the child-adults we are helping to adulthood.
I hope you enjoy this read as much as I did. And please pass it on to the parents/grandparents of tweens that you know.