The tween years go by so fast. With my oldest, it seemed like elementary school went on for years and years, and middle school was so far in the future that we didn't much think about it. Then she entered middle school, and before I knew it she was a teenager and headed off to high school.
When your tween becomes a teen it's a huge adjustment for a parent. Your big kid is actually now an adolescent. An adult-in-the-making. Gasp. And, it can be tough on new teens, too. There's a lot of serious stuff to face together, and there's no backing down from the challenges, not with so much at risk.
Take it one day at a time, together. And remember there are numerous resources that you can turn to should you need assistance. Be sure to check out the Parenting Teens site here, guided by Denise Witmer. And hang in there. You'll make it through.
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