Preteens are becoming independent thinkers and doers. Here’s how to build responsibility in them.
Guide them during this step toward maturity with these tips.
- Offer choices. Stop making all the decisions. Let preteens help choose activities and topics for learning; this gives them ownership in their faith development.
- Encourage. When kids have questions, encourage them to dig for answers. Provide tools — the Web, dictionaries — and guide kids as needed.
- Support. Help preteens when they make poor choices by being understanding and empathetic. Remind them Jesus always loves them.