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Encouraging Tweens to Help Themselves

by T Akery October 2nd, 2014| Behavior, Tweens
It won't be long before your Tween turns into an independent adult. In order to encourage this growth, you do have to foster skills of independence. That doesn't mean that you leave them completely alone without guidance. What this really means is that Mom and Dad no longer should

Tackling Tween Anxiety Over the First Day of School

by T Akery September 4th, 2014| Behavior, Tweens
The first day of school is still a time of a high anxiety for Tweens. The day can be especially rough if your Tween is transitioning from elementary school to junior high school. This is a big change for your Tween to make. Often, it means starting a new

Helping Your Tween Identify Bad Friends

by T Akery August 7th, 2014| Behavior, Tweens
Your Tween is often immersed in their own social life. Sometimes, your Tween can pick the wrong friends. While it is important to protect them from bad friendships, it is also important to help them identify when they are in a bad friendship. Learning the difference between a good

Breaking Your Tween’s Obsession with Video Games

by T Akery July 10th, 2014| Behavior, Tweens
Video games are addictive for many Tweens. While they can be fun and entertaining, they are also very time-consuming. This can disrupt the other things that your Tween needs to be doing such as homework, reading, socializing with other friends face-to-face and doing chores. After all, this is the

Improving Your Tween’s Communication Skills

by T Akery June 12th, 2014| Behavior, Tweens
The art of communication is an essential skill that your Tween has to develop as they grow into adulthood. It is a skill that also affects many aspects of their behavior. It can help them develop their own self-confidence, better communicate their problems, and help them face their peers.

Helping Your Tween with Test Anxiety

by T Akery May 15th, 2014| Behavior, Tweens
Tests are a source of anxiety for Tweens in school. While the tests are designed to help evaluate your Tween's knowledge, they are also heavily emphasized in schools. So, this extra pressure of trying to know everything for the test and the nerves that can come with taking the
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Public Punishment for Tweens

by T Akery April 17th, 2014| Behavior, Tweens
Recently, there has been a slew of news stories about parents who have found a more creative means to punish their Teens. While you may be considering using this as a means to punish your Tween, this should be used with extreme caution and thought out in regards to
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Unspoiling Your Tween

by T Akery March 20th, 2014| Behavior, Tweens
One of the difficulties of parenting is accepting that your child is growing up and is becoming independent. While parents want more for their kids than they have, there is a distinction between spoiling them and taking care of them. It is this line that sometimes get crossed in
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Helping Your Tween With Time Management

by T Akery February 20th, 2014| Behavior, Tweens
Your Tween is pretty busy with all of the things they do. There are times when a busy schedule gets overwhelming. As a result, you and your Tween become stressed out. This often results in less than desirable behavior from your Tween. While you should address the issue of
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Encouraging Your Tween’s Participation in Music

by T Akery December 19th, 2013| Behavior, Tweens
Music is probably something that your Tween is already heavily invested in. They likely have their favorite artists and their favorite songs. They may even have a teenage idol that they admire. Many of these idols also play instruments. But idolizing music is not enough to develop the benefits
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Parenting Hack: When Nothing Works

by Ronald A. Rowe November 22nd, 2013| Behavior, Elementary
With all the influences competing for our children’s attention and all the dangers lurking out there in the world it has never been harder to be a parent than it is right now. With all the resources available and the massive amounts of information at the click of a
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Unplugging the Video Game Cord for Your Tween

by T Akery August 28th, 2013| Behavior, Tweens
Video games are fun. But sometimes, too much is just too much. It certainly is with tweens who choose this as their only entertainment source. Even though they are blowing up bad guys on the tv screen and staying out of trouble doing so, you really have to consider