What is happening in your tween’s brain? Want to peek inside? Healthy 11 – 12 year olds are turned inward, focusing on themselves and wondering how other people see them. They’re thinking about the here and now, not how their decisions will affect them years in the future. Tweens worry about fitting in with friends and all those changes happening with their bodies. What can you do? Address the elephant in their mental room. Reassure them that their peers are going through the same thing and that everyone feels self-conscious sometimes. Share your adolescence with them; change ––like misery–– loves company.