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4 Ways to Create a Memorable Vacation

by Lori Sciame June 17th, 2019| 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 13th, 2019| 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 8th, 2019| 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
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The Importance of Routine and Family Dinner

by Ronald A. Rowe March 4th, 2019| 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 25th, 2019| 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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Middle School and the Art of Friendship

by Ronald A. Rowe January 28th, 2019| 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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How to Give Back at the Holidays

by Lori Sciame December 17th, 2018| 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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Parent-Teacher Conferences: Work as a Team

by YPI Editors November 12th, 2018| 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.)

8 Tips for Helping Your Kid with Homework

by Editorial Team November 5th, 2018| Elementary, Teens, Tweens
Having children changes the dynamic of your life. You have many more responsibilities and you often find that you end up taking a trip down memory lane and revisiting things from your childhood. One of the things that you’re likely to revisit is homework. In these moments, you may find
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Parent-Teacher Conferences: Basic Guidelines

by YPI Editors November 5th, 2018| 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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Playdates for Tweens?

by YPI Editors October 22nd, 2018| Social, Tweens
First of all, we need to start with a quick parenting update- your tween will not want to use the word playdate. Playdates are for little kids. However, don't let terminology confuse you. Your tween very much wants to hang with friends. She just doesn't want you to call it
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TV as Family Entertainment: Tweens

by YPI Editors September 17th, 2018| Entertainment, Tweens
The tween years can become the time when your child wants to be out of the house or with friends on weekend nights. So, those family movie nights you enjoyed during the elementary years may be fewer and further between. Your tween also may be wanting more alone time. There's
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