When our tweens need to connect, a great way to reach their hearts and get inside their heads is through play. As our kids get older and we parents get busier, it becomes more difficult to take time to play together; however, it is critical to the relationship.
Reaching the heart of your preteen happens more easily when you:
- Like who they are and who they are becoming.
- Listen well.
- Love them with your arms, wallet, and a home open wide to their friends.
Get rightly focused on what your child needs: He needs all of you because he is growing and becoming all that he can be. Soon, he is going to disappear. These growing pains of adolescence are the preliminary stretch to the final lap of parenting, the teen years. The foundation you lay now is crucial to the formation of your relationship ahead.
I'd love for you to head over to my page at the Examiner and take a look at my recent article, "Tweens Still Need to Play."