Tweens want to explore their independence, but they still need a lot of guidance. “Providing them with set rules and boundaries will allow them the freedom to explore who they are, who they want to be, and the things that matter to them, while staying away from dangerous situations that they may still be too young to handle or process on their own,” says child psychologist Eena de la Rosa.

Before laying down the rules for your tween, make sure you and your husband agree on the non-negotiables (for example, no going to bars or billiard halls, no out-of-town trips) and the reasons behind them. “Tweens will always test their boundaries,” says de la Rosa. “While they may sulk or question your decisions and authority, if you stay firm on certain rules, they will follow and you will earn more of their respect than if you keep on budging.” At the same time, it is also important to establish which rules are open to discussion. “While being consistent is important, communicating and being flexible are too,” she adds.

Giving your kids the “whys” behind your rules is likewise important. “This is so that they realize that your rules are not just meant to ‘curtail’ their freedom but because you are looking out for their best interests,” says de la Rosa. Here are a few guidelines for setting rules for your tweens:


(First published
as “Gimik Rules for Tweens" in the "Good Family" section of Good Housekeeping Philippines' September 2011 issue. Adapted for use in Female Network. Photo by AdWriter via Flickr Creative Commons.)

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
Get the latest updates from Female Network
Subscribe to our Newsletter!
Comments

Latest Stories

It's Official, Star Magic Actress Jane de Leon is the New Darna!

The 20-year old actress will star in the movie to be directed by Jerrold Tarog.

10 Best Countries to Live and Work In for 2019

If you’re planning to look for opportunities abroad, you may want to check this list out.

Lee Sung-Kyung to Lea Salonga: "You are inspirational"

The 'Weightlifting Fairy' star left a comment on Lea Salonga's Instagram account.

Here's a Closer Look at the World's Most Expensive Designer Bag

It sold for a record-breaking $500,000 (that's roughly over 25 million!)

Pinays Start Shapewear Line Because of Lack of Affordable Options Locally

Siblings Cris Cariaga-Lacuna and Andie Estrada share how they started their own shapewear line.
Load More Stories