IT'S JUST A PHASE - SO DON'T MISS IT

A PHASE IS A TIME FRAME IN A KID'S LIFE WHEN YOU CAN LEVERAGE DISTINCTIVE  OPPORTUNITIES TO INFLUENCE THEIR  FUTURE...

PHASE 6 - AGE 12

DID YOU KNOW ... Age 12 – Is the Phase When ...


1. ...There are never enough groceries, too many hormones, and a dramatic kid that needs someone to prove, “WHO CARES.”

2. ...There is no CONSISTENCY in their mood, their interests, their dress code on any given day anything can change. Every day is a new day to discover who this growing person really is. In this phase there will be tears, both yours & theirs, so in the changing tides of emotions lean in even more closely. When they push- prove you can’t be pushed away, when they change -prove you will love them consistently, when they break your trust - prove you are someone who can be trusted. Just keep at it so in this phase there’s never any reason to wonder – “Who Cares?”

3. ... Preteens challenge authority & personalize what they believe. In this phase the question they are asking is: Who do I like? How they resolve this question determines the framework of their relational stability & it affects the way they see themselves, the world & themselves in the world. In this phase relational questions shift from black & white to grey, the answers are no longer the same for every kid. The best way to resolve their relational questions is to affirm their personal journey. They need an overdose of acceptance to combat the storm of change & so how you do this practically is by recruiting other affirming leaders & peers into their lives so they gain stability.

4. ... They are motivated by acceptance, so when you respond lovingly, learn to listen more often, encourage more specifically and guide more patiently so you influence them to stop and think rationally before they respond in the moment.


5. ...The brain undergoes a rapid growth of nerve cells and synapses similar to the first years of life.

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