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Me, a Sixth Grader?

by Lori Sciame September 30th, 2013| Tweens
On the last day of school in June, the local grade school hosts an "off to middle school party" for the departing fifth graders.  During the gala two hour event, the fifth graders gather in the gymnasium to sign yearbooks, to eat snacks, and to dance.  At precisely 3:00
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Keeping Up the Sports for Tweens

by T Akery September 27th, 2013| Tweens
Tweens need to stay active to stay in shape. Joining a sport helps with this goal. There are also additional benefits from playing. But the task of finding the right sport takes a bit of patience and time. It is often hard to determine what your tween is good
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Barriers to Socialization

by Ronald A. Rowe September 26th, 2013| Elementary
So far in our series on elementary school socialization we have focused primarily on the parent’s responsibilities. This week we take a moment to examine three of the primary barriers that cause anxiety in our children when it comes to social interaction.

One of the biggest barriers to free socialization
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Your Social Life

by Editorial Team September 25th, 2013| Social, Teens
Editorial note: This week we are taking a different point of view in the Teen's Perspective column.  As our writer is fighting a viral illness, a parent of teens shares her perspective on social life and teens.

As a parent of teens I am grateful that, thus far, the challenges

Asthma in Pregnancy

by Jane Wangersky September 24th, 2013| Pregnancy
Asthma during pregnancy is in the news, with a new study confirming what doctors have said all along:Though no asthma medication is completely safe for pregnant women and their babies, it's best for asthmatic women to keep taking their meds. Uncontrolled asthma can lead to hypertension and

Pacifiers: Why Even Start?

by Editorial Team September 23rd, 2013| Parenting Predicament
I read your article on getting toddlers to give up the pacifier and wondered, wouldn't it be better just not to let them have one to begin with? Besides being a shortcut to keeping the child quiet, are they really any use at all?
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Solution: Teen Reacts to Other Teen Being Assaulted

by Dr. Bonnie Eaker Weil September 20th, 2013| Parenting Predicament
We had a terrible incident here where a boy my son knows was beaten up on the street. Now my son (age 15) can’t stop thinking about it and believes he may be assaulted himself. He keeps talking about being ready to fight back. I don’t think the assault
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Autumn Safety Issues

by Lori Sciame September 19th, 2013| Preschool, Safety
Each season is unique in its own way.  Spring ushers in the newness of life, summer explodes in vibrant activity, fall signals a slowing down of the life cycle, and winter can be viewed as a time for renewal.  Because of seasonal changes in the environment, safety concerns continually

Breaking the Pacifier Habit

by T Akery September 18th, 2013| Development, Infants/Toddlers
While not all babies take to the pacifier, some babies do. Sometimes, that habit continues when they turn into toddlers. Like any habit, there are a number of reasons that your toddler may prefer to suck the pacifier. But there are some very good reasons to help them kick

Online Classes: From the Teen’s View

by Jacob P. September 17th, 2013| Teen Perspective, Teens
This year, I am going to be trying something entirely new.  I will be taking a high school course online, because I could not get it to fit into my schedule.  My high school is very small, so there is a very limited number of classes offered.  In order

School Playground: Safe or Not?

by Lori Sciame September 16th, 2013| Elementary, Safety
For nine months of the year, elementary aged children spend most of their waking hours at school.  From the time they arrive in the morning, to when they leave in the late afternoon, the potential for unintentional injuries exists -- especially on the school playground.  Knowing the potential hazards
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Activity Stress

by Ronald A. Rowe September 13th, 2013| Elementary
When it comes to socialization and elementary age children, parents today face a challenge that did not exist for previous generations. The proliferation of school clubs, church activities, youth sports organizations, and for-profit entertainment groups children and parents have more opportunities than ever before. Here, at the start of