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Filling that Easter Basket

Wednesday April 9, 2014

It's time to think about filling your child's Easter Basket, if you celebrate the Easter season. At our home, the Easter Bunny always mixes a little bit of fun with a little bit of practical: toothbrushes; chocolate eggs; socks; stuffed animals, etc. How about at your home? What does your tween find in his/her basked on Easter morning?

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How do You Prevent Food Wars with Your Tween?

Monday April 7, 2014

You want your tween to eat healthy foods and establish healthy eating habits, but it's easier said than done. If you've had success getting your child to embrace a healthy diet without confrontations and arguments, how did you do it? How did you get your tween to replace chips with apples, and high fat foods with better choices? Share your success stories here.

Late Night Snack Suggestions, Anyone?

Monday March 31, 2014

We snack a lot at my home. All of us. So when I'm grocery shopping I'm always thinking of healthy snack options that are healthy. While it's easy to grab a cookie or some chips when you're really hungry, it's also easy to go for some of the healthier choices -- as long as you actually have them in stock at the time.

What healthy snack items do you keep in your home, and more importantly, how do you encourage your child to embrace healthy eating?

Why Switching Sports is a Good Idea

Sunday March 30, 2014

If your tween has suddenly grown weary of soccer it might be time to consider switching sports. Switching sports gives your child the opportunity to learn new athletic skills and it may even make your child a better all-around player. Also, switching sports may help prevent overuse injuries. If you're worried that your child has lost interest in his favorite sport, it's time to see the upside of trying something new.

Ready for Your Tween's First Concert?

Saturday March 29, 2014

Has your child begged and pleaded to go to his or her first concert? Has your child already attended a few concerts, now a veteran of the experience? How did you prepare your child for the experience and what were your rules and expectations? Share your experience with other parents of tweens.

Helping Tweens Adjust to a New Baby

Thursday March 27, 2014

Is your family growing? Do you have plans to turn your tween into an older brother or sister? If a baby is on the way you'll have to help your preteen adjust to the excitement and all the changes. Your older child may prove to be a big help to you, but may also need time alone and a schedule as close to normal as possible. Be patient and enjoy the changes together. Your tween will likely be exciting about the idea of being the big kid at home.

Help Your Tween Adjust to a New Sibling


Bathroom Etiquette is a Must for Tweens

Thursday March 27, 2014

Sharing a bathroom with a tween can be a challenge as your child discovers the need to practice good hygiene. But your tween should also practice bathroom etiquette, so that he or she doesn't leave a mess for someone else to deal with. Be sure your tween cleans up after himself, and is considerate of anyone who follows him in the bathroom. Review responsibilities and praise your child when he considerately restocks supplies or wipes down the counter after use.

Updating our Stock of Games

Sunday March 16, 2014

We had a few snow days this winter and my kids were stuck indoors for a few days at a time. After they were tired of playing in the snow, they broke our our family board games -- which have seen quite a bit of wear over the years. I think it's time to restock. We tend to favor traditional games like Monopoly, Clue and Life. How about you? What games do you turn to on Family Game Night or when the kids need a distraction?

Preparing a Tween to Move

Tuesday March 4, 2014

Are you and your family planning on moving anytime soon? Moving can be stressful for tweens who are happy with their school, neighborhood and friends. But sometimes a move is unavoidable. If you and your tween will have to pack up and move soon, there's a lot you can do to help your child adjust. Give him time to adjust to the idea, and help prepare him for starting at a new school. Keeping in touch with old friends is a must and will help make the transition a little easier.

Minimizing Parenting Stress Takes Work

Wednesday February 26, 2014

Stress has a way of creeping up on us, and taking us down at the worst possible moment. I know that's happened to me. But a lot of the stress we put on ourselves can be minimized with a few simple strategies. For starters, don't take on too much, or allow your child to take on too much -- it happens so easily but can make daily life quite challenging. Occasional parent time outs also help. How about you? Any techniques for reducing parenting stress that has worked for you?

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