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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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The Terrible Tween Years?

by Michele August 13th, 2018| Communication, Tweens
Your tween wants to be a teenager so very badly. It seems that the world of a teen is much more exciting- able to go to more places on their own, later bedtimes, driver's licenses, dating. Yes, it is an exciting world. But for now your tween is stuck in
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Tweens: Water Fun that Doesn’t Tax Parents

by Michele July 9th, 2018| Seasonal, Tweens
Tweens are at that lovely/awkward stage in childhood. They aren't little enough to want to play in the sprinklers or kiddie pool. They also aren't old enough to drive to the beach or have friends that are old enough to bring them. So, how's a tween to have some water
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Tweens Need to Be Seen and Heard

by Michele June 4th, 2018| 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 thinking. I grew up in the 70s and 80s.)
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How to Help Your Tween Survive No TV Week

by Michele April 30th, 2018| Seasonal, Tweens
If you're a tween reading this article, you probably have the answer already. It's easy to survive No TV Week. Simply use your tablet. Or phone. Or laptop. However, that isn't the point of No TV Week. And the actual title of the week is No Screen Week. Now, how

If You Have Nothing Nice to Say

by Michele March 26th, 2018| 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.

The key piece of advice
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Family Activities to Keep Your Tween Healthy

by Kimberly Hays February 19th, 2018| 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 15th, 2018| 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 11th, 2017| 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 6th, 2017| 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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