My nine -year- old daughter is slow to wake up these days. Her once, energetic, early rising in the morning has suddenly come to a halt. It’s like pulling teeth trying to get her out of bed and she sleeps at 9pm! Her body is growing, and changing. As a result, she needs the extra sleep.
Some days she seems more frustrated than others.
The type of clothes she wears matter more than they did a year ago.
The patience she once had with her younger sister is less frequent.
Everything is a big deal.
She wants her own privacy.
Her friendships mean the world to her. In fact, if she had it her way she would live at her best friends house!
She’s beginning to ask body questions, and emphasizes she never wants to ‘grow up’. (I’m pretty sure having an older sister who has gone through the body changes has scared her off.)
In essence, she’s become a tween girl- the age in between being a child and becoming a teenager. This is a time of many changes emotionally and physically.
My daughters personality has become more defined. However, she’s still a child who plays with dolls, bounces on the trampoline, and does cartwheels on the grass.
She still wants a ‘tuck in’ at bedtime and craves alone time with me.
And I know what she needs from me the most at this precious age. She needs me to remember what it was like when I was her age!
This is ultimately one of the greatest ways we can nurture our tween girls by showing them empathy (without ripping out our hair)!
If you have a tween daughter or work with tween girls and would like to connect with other moms, and leaders in the community I hope you’ll join me on January, 17th from 12:30-4:30 for an interactive afternoon with Founder of Sole Girls Ashley Wiles while we explore how to further support & nurture tween girls.
In this interactive workshop we will be:
- Goal setting
- Providing tips and strategies to raise confident tweens
- Working on ways we can effectively communicate with tweens
- Skills to diffuse conflict and ‘mean girl’ situations
And best of all, connecting with other moms, leaders in our community and Sole Girls coaches!
I hope to see you there!
You can register @ http://www.solegirls.org/store/p37/Sole_Mamas%21.html