Why do tweens behave the way they do? Find answers in this KDKA video.

Parenting writer Meg St-Esprit, who serves as Kidsburgh’s events editor, stopped by Talk Pittsburgh this week to talk about why our tweens behave the way they do — and why yours might be driving you up a wall. It turns out there are some developmental reasons behind the eye rolls and sass.

For tweens — children ages 8 to 12 — life is all about developing their identity and forming meaningful relationships beyond their family. Their brains are changing at a rapid pace during this time, too. So tweens are often more impulsive and emotional than children just a bit younger or older than them, which leaves some parents feeling helpless and confused during this stage.

It can be a recipe for disaster. But a bit of perspective can help parents navigate the tween years.

Check out the segment below. And tell us: How are you navigating the tween stage at your house? E-mail us your thoughts right here or message us on Facebook or Instagram.

And for more helpful discussion on parenting topics with Meg, tune in to Talk Pittsburgh the last Tuesday of every month at 3 p.m. on KDKA.