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Tweens Need to Be Seen and Heard

by Michele June 6th, 2022| Social, Tweens
When I was a child and through my teen years, I would sometimes hear at the dinner table the old saying, "Children should be seen and not heard." (Now, I'm not of an age that it was a common way of thinking. I grew up in the 70s and 80s.)
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Respect & Tweens: Reciprocity & Patience

by Michele May 2nd, 2022| 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 fluctuations, and are having greater responsibilities placed upon them.

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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Family Activities to Keep Your Tween Healthy

by Kimberly Hays February 21st, 2022| 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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Middle School and the Art of Friendship

by Ronald A. Rowe January 17th, 2022| 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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5 Tips on Handling the Holidays: Tweens

by Lori Sciame December 13th, 2021| Seasonal, Tweens
Presents...food...concerts...decorations...religious observances...parties...pageants...and STRESS.  The hype surrounding the holidays begins around November 1, and the frenzy doesn't end until after January 1.  This makes for a LONG holiday season. Adults have experience dealing with the holiday blitz; however, children have a more difficult time handling the pressures surrounding this fun, yet emotionally exhausting, time
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How to Make Cooking Fun: Tweens

by Lori Sciame November 8th, 2021| Tweens
Food, glorious food, hot sausage and mustard!  These words from the musical, Oliver, certainly convey a child's love affair with food.  For children, eating is usually viewed as the fun part, while cooking the meal can seem like drudgery. A good parent knows, however, that children must learn how to
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4 Fun Places to Build Tween Friendships

by Lori Sciame October 4th, 2021| Social, Tweens
The tween years can be described in one word: awkward. Children this age grapple not only with their changing bodies, but they must cope with changing friendships as well. It's not as easy as asking someone on the elementary school playground to be your friend anymore. For tweens it's
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3 Steps to Effective Written Communication: Tweens

by Lori Sciame August 30th, 2021| Communication, Tweens
As a college English teacher, I often work with students who have trouble communicating through the written word. Most of these students have magnetic personalities, and they are highly verbal; however, they just can't seem to organize their thoughts into an effective essay. Why does this happen?  From experience,
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4 Super Social Activities for Tweens

by Lori Sciame July 26th, 2021| Social, Tweens
Study after study tells parents that children spend too much time on electronic devices.  The ramifications of doing so are many, including decreased social development. This summer, work with your tween to improve his or her social skills by moving away from the computer, and into the real world.
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4 Ways to Create a Memorable Vacation

by Lori Sciame June 21st, 2021| Tweens
Family vacations rule!  Why? They provide a much needed break from the daily grind, as there are no deadlines to meet, no school lunches to pack, or no fourth grade science projects to complete.  Even more importantly, they have the power to create positive and lasting memories for your
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3 Ways to Assess Pet Readiness

by Lori Sciame May 17th, 2021| 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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