Kimberley O’Brien, our principal child psychologist, discussed the influence of role models on tween girls with Channel 10 Presenter Angela Bishop. You can find useful, practical and informative advice about parenting by visiting our resources page, including a factsheet on Tweens – or discussing it on our forum.
The Quirky Kid Clinic, Cartoon Network and Torah Bright (Winter Olympic Gold Medalist) have collaborated on a project in the search for 10 Australian girls (aged 5-12 years) identified as positive roles models for tween girls, known as “The search for Gwen’s 10”.
Kimberley O’Brien, our Principal Child Psychologist and the Quirky Kid team played an important role in developing the survey questions and providing consultation in regard to the following tween qualities. Gwen’s 10 Tweens are:
If you feel you meet any or most of the characteristics above and want to be recognized as an example for other Australian tween girls, head to http://www.gwen10.com/ and complete the survey.
Together with a panel of experts including Editor of Total Girl Magazine, Amanda Nicholls, Kimberley O’Brien, Torah Bright and the ever-confident Gwen Tennysen (Ben 10) will inspire girls to stand up for themselves through Cartoon Network’s “Search for Gwen’s 10”.
The Quirky Kid Clinic works with organizations – small and large – providing support for the development of projects, programs and products. Find out more in our About us section on this website or meet some of our clients.
If you are from the media and would like to find out more about the campaign including some research findings, see: Gwens 10 Media release.
Tween is the term used to refer to people between the ages of 10-14 years of age. It refers to a stage of development where people are no longer children, yet not quite teenagers. Many changes often occur at this stage, which may be a source of struggle between parents and their children, particularly in relation to social skills.
Issues that parents may encounter with their tween:
When such issues do arise, it is not uncommon for tweens to rebel in an attempt to resist their parents’ wishes. Parents can help their tweens progress through this often confusing and difficult stage, by both appreciating and accepting their child for who they are. Moreover, while tweens may not want to discuss the issues they are experiencing with their parents; parents should encourage conversation by remaining both open minded and available.
Complimenting and praising your tween:
While it may have once been easy to praise your child for their accomplishments, tweens often look for realistic compliments that match the way they are behaving.
Excessive or just general praise is often seen as meaningless to tweens, as they typically become more cynical at this age, and prefer to receive realistic assessments of their achievements. This may in part be due to the fact that hormonal changes are occurring, causing tweens to become easily annoyed or more sensitive.
To most effectively encourage your tween, make sure to explicitly praise specific behaviors as well as the processes, which led to a desired behavior.
Kimberley discussed the topic of Tweens with the reporter from Sydney’s Child Magazine. You can find out more information about tweens, their behaviors and parenting tips by visiting our resources page or discussing it on our forum.
The full interview is available on the Sydney’s Child Magazine website.
If you have a story and would like to discuss it with us, please schedule a time. Kimberley O’Brien enjoys sharing the best of her therapeutic moments with the media.