As your child grows up, it’s inevitable for her to start wanting to have certain things--such as clothes or gadgets--especially if she sees that her classmates have them, too. It’s all part of fitting in, as you probably remember yourself.

As a parent, however, you need to keep her grounded. While you don’t have to say no to everything she asks for, you must help her realize why not all of her requests can be acquiesced. Scroll through the gallery for tips on how to approach your tween.

(First published as Material Girl as an entry in the column Teacher Says in the Good Family section of Good Housekeeping Philippines' June 2011 issue. Adapted for use in Female Network.)

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