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For the Love of Tweens

by Lori Sciame October 23rd, 2013| Social, Tweens
By the time children hit the tween years, they begin to value social relationships more than when they were little.  No longer is mom or dad the most important influence in their lives.  Instead, friends become their preferred companions.

At least that's what many parents of tweens believe to be
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A Unique Gem: The Introvert

by Lori Sciame October 14th, 2013| Behavior, Elementary
The little girl sits in her desk at school concentrating her math worksheet.  This behavior is not new, as she always cooperates; most of the time she's the first one in her seat in the morning, the first one to come in from recess, and the first one to
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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

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
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New School Year

by Ronald A. Rowe August 27th, 2013| Elementary
Back to school time. For the kindergarteners, this may be the first time in a large peer group. For some elementary students, this may be the first time in a new setting. In either case - and to a certain extent even for returning students at the same school
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Is My Child Gifted?

by Lori Sciame August 22nd, 2013| Elementary
All parents have high hopes for their children. Some wish for sports stars, and others dream of being the parent of the next Einstein. Yet, the chances that a child will rise to superstardom are low. This does not mean, however, that many children do not fall into the

Learn to Stay in Love (Updated)

by Editorial Team August 2nd, 2013| Elementary, Helpful Hints
One of our own parenting specialists, Dr. Bonnie Eaker Weil, is now offering an online course --Marriage and Relationships: Keys to Success. If you like Dr. Bonnie's answers to our Parenting Predicaments, you'll love her advice on building a solid bond with your partner.

She says,
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The Mobile Classroom

by Ronald A. Rowe July 31st, 2013| Elementary, School
Where does your child go to school? Wherever the physical Elementary School may be, that isn't a complete answer. At least, it isn't the complete answer to where your child is getting his or her education.

We recently went on a drive from Florida to Pennsylvania, back again, and then
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Fostering a Positive Attitude

by Lori Sciame July 25th, 2013| Behavior, Elementary
Think about a person you know that has a negative attitude about life. No matter what the situation, he or she will find something to complain about. For instance, if it's a beautiful, sunny day, she might say the bright rays give her a headache. Or it could be
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New Town, New Friends

by Ronald A. Rowe July 3rd, 2013| Elementary, Social
Moving to a new city is a challenge for any family. Elementary age children, as resilient as they are, tend to adapt relatively well. Better, in fact, than the rest of the family. Certainly better than their teenaged counterparts. That isn't to say that the move will be all
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Stress in Children

by Lori Sciame June 27th, 2013| Elementary
Anxious. Crabby. Crying spells. Mysterious aches and pains.These behaviors may signal stress in a child. Just like adults, children can become overwhelmed with life, including meeting expectations and deadlines. When I was a child, life was much less structured. Sure I had sports and clubs, yet my life wasn't