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Grumpy child? Might be sleep deprived.

  Extracurricular commitments, homework, and friends can quickly subtract from tweens time to sleep. This can be especially difficult for middle school students who need 9-10+ hours of sleep. Be an eParent®! Help your child get a good night’s sleep by minimizing screen use two hours before bed. The bright light, especially from tablets that […]

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What? You’re not watching Sesame Street anymore?

As your 9- to 14-year old matures and grows so do her interests and abilities. Although it may seem like only yesterday (and it may have been) that your tween was watching younger shows, she may suddenly be ready for new responsibilities and privileges. Be an eParent®! As your tween matures, work out new responsibilities and […]

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Balancing act: -n 1.a circus act in which a performer displays his or her balancing ability 2. a situation requiring careful balancing of opposing groups, views, or activities

Your relationship with your tween can be a balancing act. Your tween’s behavior can trigger many emotions in you. By managing your own impulses, you can avoid giving your tween all the control. Know when to step in or get out of the way! Fighting over little things can lead to constant bickering and negative […]

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Do you feel like 007 or is it more like Mission Impossible?

Monitoring your tween’s activity is important for his or her well-being (and your peace of mind). As tweens becomes more independent, ask where they are going, what they will be doing and who they will be with when they leave the house. Help your tween understand that these questions aren’t intended to be an invasion […]

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“What did you just call me?”

You may increasingly find yourself in situations where you feel angry or afraid of your teen’s intense emotional outbursts and respond by shouting back, punishing or avoiding the situation. While these are perfectly natural responses, they generally do not help to resolve conflict situations. Teenagers require the support of their parents and others to learn how […]

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But my friends dress like this!

In the quest for independence, tweens push to be more like their peers and less like their parents. And in today’s digital world, tweens have “peer” examples everywhere from social media posts to school hallways that are often hypersexual and overly mature. Be an eParent®! While watching TV, movies, or advertisements ask your child why […]

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How connected is your (parent) network?

As tweens develop their own identities, they often push away from their parents. The connections involving you and your child are important! Networking with other parents can help you find resources that can provide positive relationships, guidance and activities for your tween. Be an eParent®! Create or join a social media group with the parents […]

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