We’ve already discussed the many milestones that our teens and little ones can go through but what about our tweens? Here are some of the most important firsts that your tween is most likely to go through:
First day in secondary school
While majority of students enter their first day in secondary school as new teens, there are of course some 12-year-olds who have to enter and adapt to an entirely different environment for the first time. Secondary school can be frightening but it’s also a great opportunity for your tween to meet new people and make new friends as well.
First mobile phone
Early to mid-tweens are considered the ideal time to give your tween their first mobile phone. As your tween gains more independence and spends more time away from their family, it's essential for their own safety and your own peace of mind that they have a phone of their own. But it might a good idea to put down some restrictions though when it comes to your tweens mobile phone, especially if they’re overusing it.
First time home alone
While they might be too young for overnight stays alone, they are able to handle being by themselves for an hour. Your tween is a little more street smart and you know that you can trust them to be home alone.
Crushes usually start to develop around the early tweens. So your tween may have already started fancying someone. It could be someone they’ve grown up with or even a celebrity infatuation, but either ways it’s cute seeing your son or daughter start to develop romantic feelings for someone.
Your child can start to develop in their teens, late teens and in some cases early tweens. Puberty can be a little more frightening for tweens though, as majority of teens are prepared and aware of what is going on with their bodies but for some young tweens it can be a confusing and scary time. In these cases, it’s always best to have “the talk” as soon as possible with your tween, so if they start to develop early it won’t be a complete shock for them.
You might think that your tween might be a little too young to rebel and have some typical style tantrums, but once your child hits ten that is when they usually start to begin. Your tween is growing and the older they get the more likely those dreaded hormones will start to make an appearance, so prepare yourself for some tantrums. Tantrums are never desirable and sometimes your tween is unable to control them but it doesn’t mean you should tolerate them either. So, while there may be tantrums ahead, make sure you lay down the law too.