Consider the big stuff. Your tween is already exposed to plenty of complex issues just by being out and about in the world (and, probably, by having access to the internet). Increasingly, they’ll be asked to wrestle with the big stuff in school, both in class discussions and in their writing. They’ll be tasked with understanding multiple points of view, including (hopefully) those that differ from their own. And they’ll read a greater variety of texts and be asked to draw connections between their lives and large-scale issues (for example, how their individual actions impact the environment, or how a high-profile event in the news relates to their own experience).