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Helping Your Teen Transition Back to School Year Mode

by Jennifer S. Rowe August 29th, 2014 | School, Teens
So here it is folks, it’s that time of the year again! Summer is coming to an end, and those words that your kids just love to hear “back to school” are weighing heavily on their minds. As a parent, I have to try and remember how I felt when it was time to return to school and leave summer behind. I do remember, especially as a teenager, some of the worries I had, such as would I see all of my friends and would we be back together in the same classes? I also have to
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Help Your Tween Fit in at School

by Lori Sciame August 28th, 2014 | Big Kids, School, Tweens
Tweens yearn to fit in at school.  It's an awkward time.  As outlined by the American School Counselor Association, children at this age must learn to cope with bodily changes, work on social skills, become adept at handling peer pressure, and develop personal interests and goals.  Add in the fact that they must also be more responsible for their behavior, and you can see how trying this time in a child's life can be.

There are many ways you can assist your tween with fitting in at his or her school.  First, learn what a typical sixth grader acts like.  For
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Behavior Charts: Valuable for Children?

by Lori Sciame August 28th, 2014 | Behavior, Elementary
"I earned a gold star!"  That simple statement sums up third grade for me.  I loved my teacher, and I worked diligently all year to earn gold stars for specific accomplishments - both social and academic.  For me, as a result of that experience, behavior/task charts became a great internal motivator. Even in college I made my own "charts" to record each test grade, each A acting as another gold star.

However, some of my peers in third grade earned few stars.  They struggled with the process for various reasons.
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