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Dressing for Middle School

by Ronald A. Rowe December 5th, 2013| Social, Tweens
Our family stumbled into a new parenting quandary this year. Up until now, our boys have gone to schools that required school uniforms. There was never any pressure to dress a certain way or to keep up with the Joneses since everyone dressed exactly the same. This year, with
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Has Your Child Written to Santa Yet?

by Margot F. December 4th, 2013| Elementary, School
Has your child written a letter to Santa yet? Yes, it is that time of year when everyone rushes around looking for the perfect gift, attends school concerts and plans the family dinner on top of all the other tasks in the day. How can there be time to
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Parenting Hack: When Nothing Works

by Ronald A. Rowe November 22nd, 2013| Behavior, Elementary
With all the influences competing for our children’s attention and all the dangers lurking out there in the world it has never been harder to be a parent than it is right now. With all the resources available and the massive amounts of information at the click of a
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Old Safety Rules Still Apply

by Lori Sciame November 12th, 2013| Elementary, Safety, Safety
I have vivid memories of being kept safe by following a set of specific rules as a child.  My dad had made it his mission to protect me from every potential hazard, from stranger danger to fire hazards.  Even though times have changed dramatically since my own childhood, some
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Tween Bullying Over Social Media

by T Akery October 28th, 2013| Safety, Tweens
It is always disturbing to read about the death of a tween to suicide from bullying. The death of Rebecca Sedwick  in the news last week was about this very thing. But there are some real lessons for parents to learn from this tragedy. There is a lot
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Bullying

by Ronald A. Rowe October 25th, 2013| Elementary, School
Since the atrocious events in the Bartow, FL bullying-suicide case have gotten national attention this week, every parent's thoughts have turn to the topic of bullying. It is hard for most of us to imagine a case as severe as the one that took place in Florida, yet if
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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.

Fear
One of the biggest barriers to free socialization
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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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