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Encore: When kids are in middle school, parents should be transitioning from telling students what to do to helping students figure out options and make good decisions on their own. Today’s program will show parents what it takes and how to make it work. It’s a very important turning point in their child’s life.

In the early years of childhood, parents “tell” their children how to act and how to behave. Plus, parents do lots of things “for” their kids. Yet, in middle-school, young teens no longer want to be “told” what to do. They are beginning to assert their independence. Help them do that constructively.

How do you help your child begin to “grow up”? How to help channel that independence your child wants so badly? Learn how to begin helping teens make good decisions on their own: how to take care of themselves, how to become more responsible.

To do this, parents have to become sounding boards to help their kids make wise decisions about school, all things related to school, and their emerging lives. It’s a personal skill and a kind of mindset that’s essential in preparing kids for college. Parents can help their kids learn to —

  • problem-solve
  • see long-term
  • begin to understand what growing up is about
  • deal with things they find hard to do — or don’t want to do
  • use their independence to handle themselves on their own and all that entrails

In short, parents begin to open the window to the adult world: to explain what growing up means. Listen in to learn how.

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