Your Kid Craves Independence
You may notice that as much as you hear about your kid wanting more independence, you still feel very necessary. It is normal for tweens to be itching to put some space between themselves and their parents. Their needs aren’t as constant as when they were little, but they hold as much, or more, weight now. They need to be encouraged and reeled in, supported and allowed to struggle. They need you to be their safety, to be their sounding board for ideas, and to love them even (especially) when they are at their least loveable.