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If You Have Nothing Nice to Say

by Michele March 23rd, 2020| 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 17th, 2020| 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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Tweens and Twitter

by Gary Hays January 13th, 2020| Safety, Social, Tweens
Twitter is one of the largest and most popular social media sites on the internet. It allows for quick and easy communication between friends but limits posts to 140 characters, so long dissertations are not a possibility. From the outside looking in, Twitter appears to be a safe enough site

Social Media and Your Tween

by Gary Hays December 9th, 2019| Social, Tweens
Social media has often been deemed as the good, the bad, and the ugly. Like most everything, depending upon how it is used determines if it is a benefit or a detriment. If you are the parent of a tween-aged child, participating in social media activities is no doubt of
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3 Essential Computer Safety Tips for Tweens

by Lori Sciame November 4th, 2019| Safety, Tweens
Tweens spend a lot of time on the computer. From playing video games, to participating in social media, to watching Netflix, tweens spend a good portion of their downtime staring at a computer monitor.  You might think you know about computer safety, but there is a good chance you
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Morning Routines: Keep Tweens on Track

by YPI Editors September 30th, 2019| 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 26th, 2019| 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 22nd, 2019| 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 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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