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Tween Growth and Development

The tween years represent an important transition between childhood and adolescence. It's not only an exciting time but also a complicated one, for both kids and parents. Tweens must confront puberty, acne, body image, friend drama, and academic pressures. It's no wonder they can be moody!

Even as they become more independent, tweens need your guidance to succeed in middle school and make smart decisions online. Learn tips and tools here for supporting your tween, so you can help them build the skills and self-esteem they need to flourish as young adults.

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  2. Pew Research Center. Parenting in America.

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