5. Privacy is Everything

Your tweens will start locking, knocking, and jockeying for more privacy all the time. They'll lock their doors when they can, they'll demand you knock before entering, and they might even do the same before they enter your room. They want privacy for lots of reasons, so don't necessarily get suspicious. Many of them are also reaching puberty, remember, so a little privacy for, ah, self exploration may be necessary. However, there's also an increasingly fierce need for independence, and time alone is part of that – especially if there are little brothers and sisters involved.

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