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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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3 Issues to Warn Your Tween About

by Lori Sciame April 12th, 2021| 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 8th, 2021| 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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3 New Tips for Tween School Success

by Lori Sciame February 1st, 2021| School, Tweens
Being born smart certainly helps a tween to succeed in a learning environment, and so does being curious about the world around him or her. It's a given that an engaged student, one who loves learning, will be more apt to do well in school; however, many other factors determine
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How to Give Back at the Holidays

by Lori Sciame December 28th, 2020| 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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