Parenting Preteens & Tweens
The tween and preteen years are busy. Your not-a-child and not-a-teen is adjusting to, well, just about everything! There are multiple classes to attend, myriad activities to try and clubs to join; there are growth spurts (or lack thereof) to endure, emotions to control; there are notes and books and lockers to organize, and, oh, you want them to actually learn something too? Find advice, opinion and tips for helping your child succeed and thrive during the middle school years, written and vetted by experienced parents, teachers and other educational professionals.
- How to Protect Your Child from Cyber Bullying
If there is one word that evokes emotion with your child it would be the word bully. Everybody deals with bullying at some point in life. In this day of technology it can be even easier for bullies to get to their targets using email, facebook and phones. What can you do as a parent?
- Parents Should Not Help Too Much with Homework
Most likely, you've encountered the person at work who constantly seeks approval of the boss. "Am I doing this right?" "Does this look good to you?" "What were the steps in that process again?" Children also seek validation, when it comes to their homework. As parents, it's very tempting to step in.
- Why Junk Fiction is Just as Important as "Literature"
Often, when parents express concern about getting their kids to read, what they really want is for their kids to read "good" books or "literature." But the kinds of fiction we tend to think of as "junk" can be vital in getting kids to read more (and better) books.
- I Can't Read Your Writing!
For older children, handwriting help is available. Find out the causes of poor writing, including fine motor skill issues, as well as tips to help improve handwriting skills for kids. Whether the child prints or uses cursive, there are steps that parents can take to better their child's writing.
- Is Your Tween Ready For Cell Phone Freedom?
If the tween in your life does not have a cell phone, then the odds are great that they have been asking you for one. Cell phones with parental controls may be something to consider for parents who are not sure if their tween is ready for complete cell phone freedom.
- Bringing Up Children Who Value Ethics
Raising children is not just about looking after their physical well being and education or keeping them happy all the time. Bringing up healthy and happy children also involves teaching them ethics for them to grow up with integrity. Here are some principles in raising upright children.
- Help Your Student Ace Eighth Grade Science by Utilizing Their Individual Learning Style
Here are easy-to-teach ways to develop student study skills for 8th grade science, and parents and teachers alike can use them. Learn how to draw on the strength of each child's individual learning style to improve school performance and grades.
- Arm Yourself With Knowledge Before Teaching Your Tween About Puberty
Teaching pre-teens about puberty can be an awkward and challenging job to a parent, especially if he or she does not know how to talk about it. Learn more about the changes in puberty and how to guide a girl going through adolescence.
- 10 Tips for a Successful Start to Middle School
Transitioning to the middle school from the elementary school can be scary. To help make the move a success, a middle school student and a teacher each give five tips to not only survive the first year of junior high but to help students have a great school year as well.