A Guide to Avoid #ParentFails: Things Your Tweens Should Be Doing

According to Elisabeth Stitt, you shouldn’t raise a child; instead raise a mini-adult. The rollover from childhood to tweenhood isn’t always easy as a parent, especially when you’re stressed about what long division is, or better yet, a coding problem they’ll need help with after school. That you either can’t remember or were never taught. Yet tweenhood can be the make it or break it point for your kid to transition from a dependent child to an independent, ‘successful’ mini-adult.

Tweenhood is that ripe age between childhood and the teenage dream. In short, tweenhood (the ages of 9 or 10–12) is the pivotal point which produces #proudmoms or #parentfails.

To help you avoid #parentfails, we’ve spoken to a few parents about ‘what kids should be doing’ throughout tweenhood to become ‘successful’ mini-adults giving #proudmoms every chance to brag. But hey birthing a Harvard grad wouldn’t be to bad, right?

Technology is now playing a massive part in education, we have got some tech-savvy parenting suggestions for you:

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1. Learn to code

Coding might seem like the hottest thing to do right now for kids, but here is why it should be.

Programming is a basic literacy in the digital age.” Tynker

This is one case where life really can be like the movies. Think about all the internet children who’ve sculpted the world wide web. True stories of tweens building global social platforms or reforming the government through the reformation of governmental websites. Let’s face it, raising the next Justin Bieber is expensive and voice lessons are demanding. Coding is affordable, fun, and can be done in the comforts of your own home.

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If your child isn’t learning about how to make these pretty little strings of binary licorices, try something that makes programming as tasty and easy as candy.

2. Learn to wake themselves up in the morning

So, they can count to a million, take a million selfies, and do their own morning routine, but do you still wake them up in the morning? Give this #parenthack a shot, so you won’t need to follow them to college.

It can be inferred that kids who independently rise in the morning do better in school because they are in charge of their time. Teaching them time management, structure, and to fend for themselves rather than to ask for too much help.

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Rather than sleeping next to a screen that will buzz throughout the night, or wasting your money on a Lumi light or a walking alarm clock, have them build one themselves.


Yep. This inventive little alarm clock is eco-friendly and built from recycled home materials and SAM. Bonus: they learn coding at the same time.

3. To appropriately multitask

For generation tech, multitasking between different smart devices comes innately because Instagram somehow might give you a quicker like when you’re looking on your phone and your computer at the same time, right? Wrong.

Yet kids still sit with the same social platform open on their phones and tablets. But do they know how to multitask for productive reasons?

Think it through.

Rather than social networking between different devices, get their brain to focus on the same task across different devices. This way, they can learn to manage a checklist and have fun choreographing their thumbs across various screens.

Give them an app to fiddle with that stretches across multiple platforms but is educational.

Ahh yes, #proudmom.

Itching to jump on that hashtag? We know you are. Become a #proudparent today and boast a bumper sticker that your kid made the future. Yep, the humble brag feels good sometimes.

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