In case you haven’t noticed, your eighth grader really knows a lot.
In fact, if you ever forget how much they know, they’ll remind you. Possibly with an eye roll and a hint of exasperation. After all, it’s exhausting being smarter than everyone else. This is a critical time for teens to begin personalizing what they believe, so don’t be afraid to challenge them from time to time to help them discover more about themselves. Attempts at conversation with them might be met with frustration or looks of disgust, but don’t give up! Your taciturn teen wants adult conversations every once in a while. Be available, even if the only words you’ve heard recently are “uh-huh,” “no,” and “I know.”
They’re also trying to figure out ways that they can be independent. When they feel too limited, their reaction might remind you of what it was like parenting a toddler. Whenever possible, present options for your teen. Give them the freedom to make choices about things that affect them.
Parenting Your Eighth Grader Phase by Kristen Ivy and Reggie Joiner
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