Teenage puberty is hitting children younger now than ever before. Children of this age (tween stage) develop a sense of self and find it important to gain social acceptance and experience achievement.
Friends become increasingly important. Secret codes, shared word meanings and made up languages, passwords and elaborate rituals are important ways to strengthen the bonds of friendship. Close friends are almost always of the same sex, although children in this age group are usually increasingly interested in peers of the opposite sex.
Here you will find a short course on how to play kid games and playthings listing the skills associated with play, appropriate playthings and what caregivers can do for 9 - 12 year old pre-teenagers and how to guide them through this very important developmental stages.
Be prepared to use all your "patience" skills if caring for children of teenage puberty age, as they tend to think that they do not need any adult care or supervision. Yet, when they are left to care for themselves, they are lonely, unhappy, and sometimes frightened. At this stage teenage depression can easily develop.
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