Why is it so hard to be a tween girl? Puberty is hard enough, and for some reason many girls can turn on others without reason or warning. Girl drama can be devastating for a tween to have to deal with. It can lead to harassment, bullying and a lot of other problems you don't want your child to have to deal with. Be on the lookout for it, and nip it in the bud if you can. If you're worried your daughter is the one causing the drama, it might be time to sit down for a discussion of appropriate behavior and the consequences of bad behavior.
If your child is thinking about running for school government office while in middle school, he or she should first consider the responsibilities of each position. Serving on the student government can be a wonderful learning experience, but your child should go in knowing that it will also be a time commitment.
Hopefully, you're where you hope to be this Thanksgiving. Enjoy the day and time with your family. And if you need to keep your tween busy today, be sure to put him to work. There are plenty of things older children can do to help out on busy holidays.
Parents always have high hopes when their child starts a new school year. But sometimes circumstances require that a child switch schools -- either mid-year or at the beginning of the next school year. Have you ever switched schools because of an academic or social challenge? Did your child adjust well, or did switching schools turn out to cause more problems than it solved? Share your experiences so that other parents might benefit.
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Are you ready for the official start to the holiday season? Thanksgiving gets it all going, and even if you're not preparing a big family dinner there are plenty of ways to involve your older child in the fun. Ask your tween to prepare a centerpiece, bake a dessert or clean up for family and friends. If you want to keep your child busy, the four days off from school are a good time for children to make their holiday requests.
Enjoy your family time and make sure you take a break for yourself. Your tween is old enough to help out and take some of the responsibility off your shoulders.
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It's time for parent-teacher conferences again and a little preparation for the meeting is always a good idea. Be sure to write any questions you have down while you think of them, and be sure to ask your child if he has questions you'd like to ask on his behalf. If your tween is struggling with a subject at school, ask for specific suggestions on how to help your child, and ask the teacher to help you plan a strategy for improvement.
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It's exam season here, and that means late nights and a bit of anxiety. As much as my children do to prepare for exams ahead of time, there's no getting around some of the frustration and stress. But you can minimize that frustration a little, by making sure your child stays on top of homework and keeps old quizzes and tests for review. You may have to help out a little, because getting through exam season requires a little support from a loving adult.
Older children may not be as into Halloween as they once were. That could come as a surprise to parents who have been planning trick-or-treating or other activities. But as your child gets older he may think Halloween is just for the little kids. It's not a big deal if your tween wants to skip Halloween. He may want to skip due to homework, peer pressure or because he's just super busy with extra curricular activities. You might want to find a way to incorporate your child (perhaps by passing out candy or decorating the front porch for trick-or-treaters) into the celebration. But if your tween just isn't willing, don't push it. It might be that he's outgrown the celebration -- and will be interested again in a few years -- when the teenage years prompt interest again.
Some kids adjust so easily while others have such a hard time dealing with change. How has middle school impacted your child's life? Did he or she find it easy to navigate, or did middle school throw your tween off his game? And, how did you help your child face the challenges that middle school brought? Would love your suggestions and tips to share.
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I'm looking forward to Halloween this year, but I'm not looking forward to the end of the celebration. For two reasons. My youngest will trick-or-treat for the final time this year, as next year she will be too old for the tradition. Hard to believe that I won't have any trick-or-treaters living in my home any more. But there's another reason I don't want to see the backside of Halloween 2013 -- when it's over that means the holiday season is upon us. And I am not ready for that. How about you?