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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
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Tweens: Get Them Biking

by Michele August 25th, 2016| Seasonal, Tweens
Perhaps the title of this article should be, "How to Get Them Biking?" Many kids enjoy biking when they are elementary aged. It gives them a small amount of independence whether it is riding up and down the driveway, to the end of the street and back, or all the
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Back to School Shopping, Tween-Style

by Michele August 18th, 2016| Seasonal, Tweens
During the tween years you may see an evolution in back to school prep. As you enter the tween years, your tween may be reminding you about the new outfit he needs for the first day of school. But as your tween gets closer to the teen years, he may
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Your Tween and the Heat of Summer

by Michele July 28th, 2016| Seasonal, Tweens
One of the benefits of being the parent of a tween is that he is on the cusp of making responsible decisions. You might be able to leave your tween home alone for 15 minutes. He can make a sandwich and clean up on his own. However, he still doesn't
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Summer Fun for Tweens- A Picnic

by Michele July 21st, 2016| Seasonal, Tweens
It's mid-July, and quite likely your tween is bored. No, she doesn't want to return to school with its early wakeups and homework assignments, but the long days of summer are beginning to feel very long. You're tired of seeing her in front of a screen, she's tired of being
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Tweens: Water Fun that Doesn’t Tax Parents

by Michele July 7th, 2016| Seasonal, Tweens
Tweens are at that lovely/awkward stage in childhood. They aren't little enough to want to play in the sprinklers or kiddie pool. They also aren't old enough to drive to the beach or have friends that are old enough to bring them. So, how's a tween to have some water
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Tweens: Safety with Water

by Michele June 23rd, 2016| Seasonal, Tweens
Summer is upon us, which for many means it's swimming season. Whether you have access to a pool (in your yard or elsewhere) or make regular trips to the beach or lake, it's important to review water safety rules with your tween. Of course, as an all-knowing tween, your child
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Tweens & Gardening: Do They Mix?

by Michele June 16th, 2016| Seasonal, Tweens
If you've been reading the articles this week, you've seen that the theme is gardening. As I contemplated gardening and the tween age group, I did wonder, Do they mix?

I apologize for my ambivalence, but my answer is maybe. It really depends on two things. First, it depends on your
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Helping Your Tween Pack for a Flight

by Michele May 19th, 2016| Seasonal, Tweens
If you're the parent of a tween, you know that he has a decent level of independence (or should). Your tween is at a point where he is handling most of his packing and organizing. Hopefully he's doing things like packing his own lunch, organizing his backpack, bringing the appropriate
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How to Help Your Tween Survive No TV Week

by Michele April 28th, 2016| Seasonal, Tweens
If you're a tween reading this article, you probably have the answer already. It's easy to survive No TV Week. Simply use your tablet. Or phone. Or laptop. However, that isn't the point of No TV Week. And the actual title of the week is No Screen Week. Now, how
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Family Dinners & the Tween Years

by Michele March 17th, 2016| Seasonal, Tweens
Family dinners. From so many of the statistics and articles you see, it seems that family dinners have gone by the wayside. With two parents working, kids involved in a multitude of sports and activities, and all the other pieces of modern life, family dinners may be less frequent. When
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Family Activities to Keep Your Tween Healthy

by Kimberly Hays February 18th, 2016| Seasonal, Tweens
It can be difficult to get your tween to disconnect from technology and move to get some exercise. Most often, they’d rather play a video game, watch a movie, or chat with friends on social media. Having at least one activity that you do as a family will assure that
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