Although the holidays can be a season of giving, sometimes the focus shifts to a season of getting, or so it may seem from a child’s perspective. Mackenzie Johnson, a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, offers tips for parents on how to avoid overindulging their children.
Preteens are experiencing a lot of change: physical change as their bodies start to develop, emotional change from the stress of all their new experiences and social change as their friends become increasingly important to them. These changes can be difficult to navigate – for both the kids and their parents, says Mackenzie Johnson, a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
When sorting through parenting advice, parents can consider research and experts, as well as their own reality. ISU Extension and Outreach’s Science of Parenting website provides research-based, trustworthy information to help parents make informed decisions.