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Listening Rules for Tweens with Earbuds or Headphones

by Michele July 15th, 2024| Behavior, Tweens

Earbuds. Headphones. They are everywhere. It's not just a tween problem. Take a walk down any city street, and you'll see a multitude of people walking with either one or both ears hosting an earbud. From shoppers to joggers to

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Respect & Tweens: Reciprocity & Patience

by Michele May 6th, 2024| Behavior, Tweens

I cannot stress this enough, the tween years can be hard. For everyone involved. Out of the pre-college parenting years, I think middle school is the hardest. The kids are trying to figure out where they fit, are dealing with hormonal

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The Importance of Routine and Family Dinner

by Ronald A. Rowe March 13th, 2023| 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

If You Have Nothing Nice to Say

by Michele March 28th, 2022| Behavior, Tweens
The tween years can be trying. For everyone. As the parent, you may be feeling frustrated with this hormonal, pre-adolescent person, but remember, he or she is feeling that frustration, too. Of course, frustration is not a get out of jail free card for poor behavior.

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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-

Tween Behavior Issues and Advice

by Kimberly Hays February 4th, 2016| Behavior, Tweens
Tweens are at a point where they are pushing for more independence, and that’s not a bad thing because we have to start letting them make some decisions for themselves. They will be leaving for college in a few short years. Having that in perspective, it is time to let

3 Tips on Halloween Behavior: Tweens

by Lori Sciame October 15th, 2015| Behavior, Tweens
Most tweens embrace the fun and frivolity of Halloween. It's the one time of year they can morph into someone else, and be paid in candy for successfully completing this transformation.  Thus, tweens highly anticipate the arrival of Halloween night with its time honored tradition of trick or treating.  As a
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How Your Tween May Spend the Summer

by Jessica B. July 30th, 2015| Behavior, Tweens
Summer means a lot of free time, even if your tween has plenty of plans like summer camp, a part-time job, or helping around the home. It is great if your tween has a few activities planned where they have to be responsible and accountable. But it is also
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3 Behaviors to Discourage in Your Tween

by Lori Sciame May 7th, 2015| Behavior, Tweens
Despite a parent's best intentions, a tween can begin to display unsavory behaviors.  The best way to deal with this problem is by discouraging the specific behavior(s) instead of taking the "he will grow out of it" approach.

Intervention works. A caring parent can assist her tween by discouraging inappropriate
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How Hormones Affect a Tween’s Behavior

by Lori Sciame March 26th, 2015| Behavior, Tweens
As early as age 9, a young person's body begins the process of puberty. This amazing journey towards adulthood begins when the body's glands secrete hormones.  It's this rise in hormones that prompts growth and sexual maturation.

Hormones can also be responsible for altering your child's behavior. Not only do
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When Tweens Test Limits

by Ronald A. Rowe November 27th, 2014| Behavior, Tweens
Tweens test limits.  That’s just what they do.  From the best behaved to the most trying, they all test the limits of their freedom in one way or another.  It’s all a natural part of a child’s development.  Tweens are growing up and learning to distinguish themselves from the

Signs Your Tween is Overscheduled and Overstressed

by T Akery October 30th, 2014| Behavior, Tweens
When your child was younger, it was relatively easy to keep track of their schedules. They may have had one or two things going on. Their schedules often revolved around what was the most convenient for you. But as they grow older, their schedule changes. What was once easy