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Morning Routines: Teens Are Hands Off

by YPI Editors September 29th, 2016| Seasonal, Teens
Ok, the title of this article may not be 100% accurate. Young teens may need some guidance in their morning routines, especially when they start high school and have to learn new times for their routine. However, your goal should be for morning routines to become completely teen-owned.

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Morning Routines: Keep Tweens on Track

by YPI Editors September 27th, 2016| Seasonal, Tweens
Tween years usually mark the start of middle school. Many middle schools have a start time that is earlier than elementary school, which equals an even earlier start to the day. Depending on your child's sleep pattern, an earlier start also may equal a grouchier start. However, once the earlier

Morning Routines: The Elementary Years

by YPI Editors September 22nd, 2016| Elementary, Seasonal
We beg of you, please tell us that there's a morning routine for your elementary aged child. If you haven't created one and your mornings are chaotic and prone to emotional outbursts, it's time to create a routine. More than likely you've heard that children thrive on a schedule. It's

Morning Routines: It’s Not Too Early to Start

by YPI Editors September 20th, 2016| Infants/Toddlers, Preschool, Seasonal, Seasonal
Mornings- depending on your sleep pattern, you may love them or despise them. Of course, despising them doesn't make them go away or change the time that school or work starts. Regardless to your opinion on this time of day, it's good to get your little ones used to the

TV as Family Entertainment: Teens

by YPI Editors September 15th, 2016| Entertainment, Teens
The teen years are busy years. Actually all parenting years are busy, they just take different formats. In the teen years, the busy parts come from sports, extracurricular activities, social events, school assignments, after school jobs, and more. With all of these happenings, you might wonder when you'll see your

TV as Family Entertainment: Tweens

by YPI Editors September 13th, 2016| Entertainment, Tweens
The tween years can become the time when your child wants to be out of the house or with friends on weekend nights. So, those family movie nights you enjoyed during the elementary years may be fewer and further between. Your tween also may be wanting more alone time. There's

TV as Family Entertainment: Elementary Years

by YPI Editors September 8th, 2016| Elementary, Entertainment
There's something so delightful about the elementary years, although it isn't obvious while you're in the midst of them. Your children are old enough to have a tiny bit of independence, yet they also welcome time with mom and dad. Since they're still young, small things are exciting: a later

TV as Family Entertainment: Little Kids

by YPI Editors September 6th, 2016| Entertainment, Entertainment, Infants/Toddlers, Preschool
Let's start with the acknowledgement that there are other screen options besides televisions. Laptops, smartphones, tablets, and more offer screen time entertainment for all ages. However, rather than working with a topic that broad, we've decided to focus on good old television watching for the next two weeks. How can
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Natural Consequences to Bad Behavior

by Sam P. September 2nd, 2016| Behavior, Teens
Bad behavior will typically receive a consequence from a parent, but one does not often think about the natural occurrences that come about because of a bad behavior.  Bad behavior can be anything from just being rude, to being physically aggressive toward things.  It could be someone mouthing off to

Tweens & the Power of Natural Consequences

by Michele September 1st, 2016| Behavior, Tweens
Part of childhood is testing boundaries. The tween years are no exception to this. What am I allowed to do or not do becomes a more prominent thought for kids of this age. They've become more independent and have more outside influences, so they may try to expand their horizons-