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Teens and Praise

by Sam P. June 17th, 2024| Communication, Teens

As a teen, we often feel that our achievements are overshadowed by our mistakes. All we ever hear are critiques, never praise for our success.  Praise is an important part of the growth process for teens to gain self confidence in

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Entertaining Fitness for Teens

by Jane Wangersky May 13th, 2024| Entertainment, Teens

Teens -- and adults -- first thoughts on fitness and entertainment may be that the two are mutually exclusive. Unless, maybe, you listen to music while running . . . no, wait, that's not safe. But there are plenty of things

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Teen’s Perspective on Family Dinners

by Sam P. April 8th, 2024| Seasonal, Teens

I have always considered family dinners a sort of magical thing. It gives the appearance of being the perfect family and has this wonderful feeling when you're there. Something about crowding around the table and asking for people to "pass the

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What Teens Aren’t Learning, What Parents Can Do

by Jane Wangersky March 4th, 2024| School, Teens

In 2012, a Gallup Poll found that "for too many American students, high school is a time of disengagement that fails to put them on a path to college and career success." In numerical terms, while nearly 80% of elementary students

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Teen’s Perspective on Schedules

by Sam P. January 29th, 2024| Seasonal, Teens

Schedules are everything. They are so important in my life and many of my friends' lives, simply because they keep us organized. My friends and I all keep fairly busy schedules, so having a way to lay out our day and

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Teen’s Perspective: Making it Through the Holidays

by Sam P. December 25th, 2023| Seasonal, Teens

For as much as I love Christmas, I understand it can be very stressful. All those family visits are fun and lovable at first, but can get a tad annoying very quickly. Having gone through it for the past seventeen


Parent-Teacher Conferences: Work as a Team

by YPI Editors November 20th, 2023| 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

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Talking to Your Teen at Dinner

by Jane Wangersky October 16th, 2023| Communication, Teens
Getting teens to talk is hard, getting a contemporary family together for a sit-down dinner is hard, so why attempt to do both at the same time? Because a few simple (not easy) things you can do will help make it a time for the family to reconnect with
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Teen’s Perspective on Back to School Behavior

by Sam P. September 11th, 2023| School, Teens
School is here, but no one wants to go.  It seems to be this way every year.  Of course, I am eager to go back; I start my senior year, but I am also dreading it.  The thought of being a senior is exhilarating, but also terrifying.  I feel
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Teen’s Perspective on Team Sports

by Sam P. August 8th, 2023| Teen Perspective, Teens
Team sports are so important, especially in middle school and high school.  It allows your child to become more social and learn how to work together with people.  Team sports also teach your child how to take the blame when something is their fault, but also to learn that

Teens and Picnics: A Match Made in Heaven

by Sam P. July 4th, 2023| Seasonal, Teens
To start this off I will confess that I just have a genuine love for picnics, but that aside they truly are just a fun thing to do.  They are so easy to prep for and can lead to some great memories.  Whether a group of friends goes out or
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5 Ways Having A Pet Helps A Teen

by Jane Wangersky May 30th, 2023| Social, Teens
When we think of pets being good for our children, we usually think of elementary age kids. After all, they’re at the age when it’s good to start learning responsibility. Teens, not so much. Your teen probably already has a fair amount of responsibilities, maybe sometimes more than they