Consent, consent, consent. If you’re not already having an ongoing conversation about consent, now is a great time to start. Between physical and hormonal changes, shifting social dynamics, and more independence, tweens are going to find themselves increasingly in situations where they have to make choices about their actions and their bodies. They’ll need to know not just that they can say no to things they don’t want to do, but also how to say no. (Role playing at home might feel awkward, but it’s not a bad idea!) And remember that this works both ways: Your child might feel comfortable with an activity or situation that a peer says no to, so they need to understand how to respect others’ choices, too.