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The backpacks and lunch boxes are hung, recitals performed, sports banquets held, and report cards sent home. The excitement of summer masks the passing of another year of childhood.

For tweens, there's the on-going push and pull of gaining independence and returning for security. And that rhythm...

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It’s a natural part of tween life for kids to start pulling away from their parents a little (or sometimes a lot) more. Exploring new relationships, trying out things that may be different from what mom or dad like, and finding their own way is a good thing!

Here are 10 ways you can help that journey along, be a part of it, encourage it, learn from it, and teach important life skills all the while.  

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