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Tweens Need to Be Seen and Heard

by Michele June 10th, 2024| 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

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Respect & Tweens: Reciprocity & Patience

by Michele May 6th, 2024| 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


Home Alone: A New Experience

by Michele April 1st, 2024| Safety, Tweens

Somewhere during the middle school years your child may want to stay home alone. Whether it be while you run a quick trip to the grocery store or for a short period of time between the end of the school day

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Family Activities to Keep Your Tween Healthy

by Kimberly Hays February 26th, 2024| 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

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Middle School and the Art of Friendship

by Ronald A. Rowe January 22nd, 2024| 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 hornet's nest of new feelings, experiences, and social hierarchies. Jill may be friends

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5 Tips on Handling the Holidays: Tweens

by Lori Sciame December 18th, 2023| 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


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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How to Make Cooking Fun: Tweens

by Lori Sciame November 13th, 2023| 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
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4 Fun Places to Build Tween Friendships

by Lori Sciame October 9th, 2023| 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

Morning Routines: Keep Tweens on Track

by YPI Editors September 4th, 2023| 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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3 Steps to Effective Written Communication: Tweens

by Lori Sciame August 1st, 2023| 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 Ways to Create a Memorable Vacation

by Lori Sciame June 27th, 2023| 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