The Tween Challenge
No one questions that parenting toddlers is an extremely draining, exhausting business, and the dilemmas faced by parents of adolescents are an ongoing subject of national discussion. Parents of tweens, on the other hand, receive little acknowledgment of their struggles, far less help, and virtually no support. The popular stereotype is that children in this age group float along without needing much adult intervention, are sufficiently subject to parents' control so that they are easy to protect, and have simple problems that their parents can resolve without much trouble.
The stereotype is wrong! While toddlers and teenagers are often anxious to let their parents know what's on their mind and often do so loudly, tweens remain silent. Often they don't know how to explain the problem to themselves, much less to anyone else.