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The Tween Years – Socialization Skills

by Gary Hays November 12th, 2015| Social, Tweens
The tween years are often awkward for a child. On one hand, they are reluctant to leave their childhood behind, while on the other hand they are anxious for their impending teen-hood and all it entails. Girls and boys are beginning to take notice of one another and realizing
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From Tween to Teen – Ensuring a Smooth Transition

by Gary Hays September 24th, 2015| Social, Tweens
Where does the time go? It seems as though only yesterday you were swapping clean diapers for dirty ones and your little bambino was on hands and knees crawling about on the floor. With more and more birthday candles being blown out every year, the teen years are just
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Choose Friends Wisely

by Ronald A. Rowe April 30th, 2015| Social, Tweens
The Tweenage years are a crucial time of social development.  10-12 year olds are discovering the broader world outside and struggle to find their place in it.  Your child will have to make a number of choices concerning their social circles and status during the Jr. High years.  And
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4 Party Themes for Tweens

by Lori Sciame March 12th, 2015| Social, Tweens
Children transform into social butterflies once their tween years hit.  They begin to see friendships as much more important, and they look for ways to feel that they belong to a group.  One way to assist your child with fitting in involves hosting a party for his or her
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How to Raise a Socially-Conscious Tween

by R. Carnavale February 19th, 2015| Social, Tweens
Raising your tween to be socially conscious will help your child become more compassionate and helpful to others as your tween becomes more aware of the problems that members of your local community and the global community face on a day-to-day basis. If your tween is a socially-conscious young
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Tween Dating: An Introduction

by Ronald A. Rowe February 5th, 2015| Social, Tweens
Dating.  It’s a topic most parents hoped to avoid a little longer.  But here you are, with a tween at home and all around her friends are “dating” classmates.  And there’s this boy in math class…

Take a deep breath.  It may not be as bad as you think.  Then
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Risks in the Life of a Tween

by Ronald A. Rowe December 11th, 2014| Social, Tweens
The Tween years are the time when children start taking risks.  Some risks, like cutting school or smoking cigarettes, are always bad.  But there are good risks, too.  Like trying out for the school play or starting a club after school.  That sort of leap of faith may result
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Rites of Passage

by Ronald A. Rowe November 13th, 2014| Social, Tweens
I had what you would call an “awakening” this Halloween and it was somewhat alarming to me since it involved my thirteen year old son. Now we don’t take this holiday too terribly seriously.   Let’s face it: the kids want candy and fun costumes! The one thing that was

Forming Social Circles in Middle School

by Ronald A. Rowe October 16th, 2014| Social, Tweens
Junior High School can be a scary time in the life of a child.  Entering the tween years with all sorts of new and unwanted changes going on inside their bodies, these transitional years can be awkward for even the most well-adjusted youth.  Tweens will seek out a social

Vive La Difference!

by Ronald A. Rowe September 18th, 2014| Social, Tweens
During the Junior High years, tweenagers are beginning to really come into their own, socially.  The natural inclination of the human condition is to seek out others similar to ourselves.  While there is nothing wrong with fraternizing amongst our most like peers, that should not be the sum total

Being Social in the 21st Century

by Ronald A. Rowe August 14th, 2014| Social, Tweens
The term “social” does not have the same connotation that it did when we were kids.  Teens today feel just as connected, if not more so, when they text or chat online as they do when talking with friends face to face.  Many of their younger siblings in the

Tween Tech: Balance It With Real Interaction

by Ronald A. Rowe July 24th, 2014| Social, Tweens
Raising 21st Century Tweens presents new challenges and opportunities that no previous generation of parents ever had to face.  Technology has gone mobile.  Smart phones are, in reality, portable computers that go everywhere the owner goes and open portals to a whole new world of possibilities, both good and