“A TEEN GIRL NEEDS NINE HOURS SLEEP, MINIMUM, EACH NIGHT,” SAYS MADONNA. “IF SHE'S NOT GETTING THAT IT IS AFFECTING HER MOOD, HER ACADEMIC WORK AND HER CONCENTRATION.”
The consequence of a bad sleep? Through her research, Madonna found that a 14-year-old with 30 minutes of missed sleep records a measurable IQ difference of up to 10 points. So, between social media, school, sport and even sleep, there’s a lot that tweens – and you, as their parent – have to keep up with. It can feel overwhelming at the best of times, but remember that it’s all about communication and a little bit of TLC. After interviewing more than 200 girls for her book, Madonna says that, in a nutshell, all our tween and teen kids want is for us to “stop, stay calm, and really hear what they are trying to tell us”. Mental note taken.