Category - Preteens & Teens

13 Reasons Why—My child wants to watch it, how do I decide?

Bullying Prevention
Discipline & Behavior
Education
Media Safety
Parenting Skills
Parents Tips
Preteens & Teens

The popular Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why, has caused controversy among some who think the show glorifies teen suicide. The series touches on very important issues that all teens face. As a parent, you have to make the decision whether or not your child is ready to watch the widely discussed series. Of utmost importance when making this decision is to do your due diligence. Read a variety of opinions from trusted sources, watch it for yourself, and then determine if your child has the maturity and ability to process the information they will see. Remember that you are the… Continue Reading


Posted by Havi Wolfson Hall on September 6, 2017

Can you please talk, not text? Parenting the Instagram generation

Media Safety
News
Preteens & Teens

The Christian Science Monitor by Michael B. Farrell and Jessica Mendoza Can kids be encouraged to let go of the virtual world – occasionally – and engage in the real one? Can they stop posting selfies long enough to think of someone else? The answer is yes. But there are bound to be some anxious moments for parents along the way. MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIF.—Jake Lee, a tanned California teenager in baggy shorts and a T-shirt, is lounging on the floor of his parents’ midcentury home. They live in a suburban Silicon Valley enclave of tech workers, cyber-savvy kids, and the… Continue Reading


Posted by Admin on August 23, 2017

Transitions to Middle School: The New Normal

Parenting Skills
Parents Tips
Preteens & Teens

Five Important Conversations to Have with Your Preteen Do you remember middle school? It was probably a blur of braces, challenging social dynamics, and puberty. What I remember most from that time is walking to and from school without supervision for the first time and being home alone after school. The shift from being constantly supervised as a child to having so much independence was scary at first, but then became my new normal. Independence comes in many forms in middle school. It’s a lot to manage going from one teacher to seven teachers with many more subjects, homework for every… Continue Reading


Posted by Elina Koretsky on July 11, 2017

Powering Off: Taking a Digital Detox as a Family

Leisure & Vacation
Media Safety
Preteens & Teens
Sleep
Special Challenges

At their best modern devices are helpful tools and can make our lives easier. At their worst, they are remarkably addictive, and research now clearly shows that their use can lead to a host of behavioral, interpersonal, and mood issues for people of all ages. If you are reading this, you likely have a young child or adolescent. I have some bad news for you—for young children in particular, screen-time has been shown to have negative effects on sleep (which can also negatively impact mood and lead to behavioral issues), social interaction and learning, executive functioning (e.g., self-regulation and working… Continue Reading


Posted by Robyn Matlon on May 1, 2017

Who Has Come to Live with Us? Adolescence Brings Big Changes

Parenting Skills
Parents Tips
Preteens & Teens

Many parents experience such dramatic changes in their child between the ages of 11 – 14 that they feel like an alien has taken residence in their home! When a child goes through puberty and enters the adolescent years, the physical and emotional transformation can cause parents to lose confidence in their ability to set boundaries and stay connected. The mood swings can be extreme, the withdrawal can be infuriating, and your child’s rejection of family life while having an extreme focus on peers can be hurtful and alarming. But if you stay focused on what your child’s job is at… Continue Reading


Posted by Karen Friedland-Brown on June 6, 2016

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