Having tweens in the house can be challenging any time of year, but especially at Christmas. No longer is your child the sweet little face who can’t wait to sit on Santa’s lap, but she still isn’t ready to give up being a child just yet! Here are a few ideas on making Christmas with a tween extra special:

1. Tweens want to feel in control and respected. Try giving a few of the holiday planning responsibilities to your child and watch them bloom. Allow them to decorate the tree without supervision, help with the family Christmas cards or decide what gift would be perfect for grandma.

2. Help your tween take pride in helping others. Try baking cookies together for friends and neighbors, volunteer at a homeless shelter, or purchasing presents for an underprivileged family.

3. Continue family traditions. Have you always purchased Christmas PJ’s, picked out a Christmas tree together or made a gingerbread house? Continuing these traditions as a family makes a tween feel safe and secure even if he is rolling his eyes the entire time!

4. Purchasing gifts for tweens can be difficult. Gone are the days of endless toys and trains. Today’s tweens love electronics and video games, but what about a gift that promotes exercise and family time instead? How about a Goalrilla basketball goal or an AlleyOOP trampoline? Great gifts at great prices! Give us a call at 615-595-5565, stop by our store at 1113 Murfreesboro Rd in Franklin or visit us online and check out our amazing end of the year pricing just in time for Christmas!

And remember, every stage of parenting has its challenges. But, also has its joys as well!

Happy Holidays!