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3 Ways to Assess Pet Readiness

by Lori Sciame May 16th, 2017| Social, Tweens
Bringing a new pet into the home can be an amazing experience or an awful one, especially when tweens are involved.  While pre-teens may express a desire for a cat or a dog, they simple do not understand the tremendous work that comes along with owning a pet.  When
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3 Issues to Warn Your Tween About

by Lori Sciame April 11th, 2017| Safety, Tweens
Being a parent is a huge responsibility. Children not only need love, they need proper guidance as well. Part of steering a child on the right course, involves teaching him or her to follow safety rules.  Some rules are easy to teach, such as "don't play with fire." Other rules

Kids, Parents, & Cell Phones

by Editorial Team April 10th, 2017| Elementary, Teens, Tweens
According to some sources, the average age at which a child gets his first cell phone is now about ten. For most American children, that means he is somewhere between fourth and sixth grade.

Although as parents, you've probably considered the pros and cons of giving your child her first phone
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The Importance of Routine and Family Dinner

by Ronald A. Rowe March 7th, 2017| Behavior, Tweens
The tween years introduce so many new options for your child.  Middle schools generally have many programs that were not previously available when your child was in elementary school.  There are good options and bad options, of course.  But on the whole there are many new alternatives that are
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Fun Ideas for Your Child and the Kidsitter

by Tania Cowling February 28th, 2017| Elementary, Entertainment
Elementary kids, ages six to nine, don’t like the term babysitter, as they feel they are too old to be cared for like babies and yet they are too young to stay home alone. So instead parents can call a kidsitter to spend time with their children when they
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3 New Tips for Tween School Success

by Lori Sciame February 14th, 2017| School, Tweens
Being born smart certainly helps a tween to succeed in a learning environment, and so does being curious about the world around him or her. It's a given that an engaged student, one who loves learning, will be more apt to do well in school; however, many other factors determine
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Middle School and the Art of Friendship

by Ronald A. Rowe January 10th, 2017| Social, Tweens
There are the friends we choose and the friends that are chosen for us.  Sometimes relationships aren’t quite so simple as we’d like.  Middle school is a hornets’ nest of new feelings, experiences, and social hierarchies.  Jill may be friends with Julie because they like each other and have
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4 Necessary Safety Rules for Tweens

by Lori Sciame January 3rd, 2017| Safety, Tweens
Parents of tweens know how difficult it can be to care for a child this age.  While not yet teenagers, they make sure mom and dad know they aren't "babies" either.  Sometimes tweens will push to be treated more like high school students; however, when it comes to safety,
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How to Give Back at the Holidays

by Lori Sciame December 20th, 2016| Tweens
The holiday season offers lots of opportunities to teach tweens about the concept of giving back.  Sample volunteer positions include: ringing the bell for the Salvation Army, collecting food for the local food pantry, assisting at a soup kitchen, buying toys for economically disadvantaged children, and writing letters to
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Not Too Early to Think About College

by Lori Sciame November 15th, 2016| School, Tweens
As an advisor at a college, I encounter some students who tackle the transition from high school to college with relative ease, as well as those who suffer a multitude of issues, from social to academic.

Reasons for a student's success or lack thereof vary; however, I can state with
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Parent-Teacher Conferences: Work as a Team

by YPI Editors November 3rd, 2016| Elementary, Preschool, School, School, School, School, Teens, Tweens
It's the day of parent-teacher conferences. You arrive a few minutes early and are waiting in the hallway for your turn. You enter the room calm and ready to chat. (If you didn't do both of these things, be sure to read Tuesday's article filled with helpful hints.)
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Parent-Teacher Conferences: Basic Guidelines

by YPI Editors November 1st, 2016| Elementary, Preschool, School, School, School, School, Teens, Tweens
As November begins, many students are finishing the first quarter of the school year. With this demarcation usually comes parent-teacher conferences. As a parent and a former teacher, I have to admit that these conferences can be stressful for both sides of the table. Parents may enter unsure of what
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