Category - Preteens & Teens

Bedtime Happiness

Parenting Skills
Parents Tips
Preteens & Teens
Toddlers

Go to Bed Happy, Wake Up Happy Developing a harmonious and rewarding bedtime routine results in a happier family – day and night. One of the most essential ingredients to happiness and health, especially for developing children, is getting enough sleep each night. In many families, bedtime becomes a nightly ritual of arguing and turmoil, but you can prevent or reverse this while helping ensure your child(ren) receive a good night’s sleep. The Secret to Nightly Harmony is to develop a nightly routine that helps everyone in the family wind down, relax, and enjoy each other. Here’s an example of a relaxing nighttime routine:… Continue Reading


Posted by Admin on December 29, 2014

Beyond Sibling Rivalry

Discipline & Behavior
Parenting Skills
Parents Tips
Preteens & Teens
Raising Boys
Raising Girls

The sink is plugged, the car has a flat tire, and Melinda needs help with a school project due tomorrow. On top of that, the kids haven’t stopped fighting and your headache is getting worse. Sound familiar? Sibling conflict is one of the dynamics parents wish we could do without. Why can’t they just get along? Know that conflict between and among siblings helps children learn positive social skills and conflict negotiation. Moderate amounts of conflict play a potentially beneficial role in future relationships and social interactions when it is balanced by warmth and support. Helping children learn ways to… Continue Reading


Posted by Bonnie Romanow on December 23, 2014

7 Things To Do While Waiting for College Acceptances

Education
Parents Tips
Preteens & Teens
School Challenges

For many high school seniors, December marks the end of the marathon college application season, an event that can span several years. Choices have been winnowed, tests have been taken, and essays have been written and sent. It’s a time to celebrate getting those applications done, and also a time for an uneasy limbo of waiting to hear back from the colleges. Here are seven things you can do to make the inevitable waiting time more pleasant and productive. Enjoy family traditions Try to appreciate your family life now, knowing that things will likely change once college starts. Enjoy a… Continue Reading


Posted by Susan Sachs Lipman on December 2, 2014

The Rights of Children: “Born to be Wild”

Adoption/Post-Adoption
Discipline & Behavior
Parents Tips
Preteens & Teens
Raising Boys
Raising Girls

Whenever I see a group of children tear across Crissy Field or the beach, it makes me stop and watch with pure delight. To be free with their able bodies—testing speed and agility, laughing out loud, uninhibited, and wild—speaks to their innate need to move at will. Children, as we do, need to connect with the natural world and be part of it. Sadly, such scenarios are becoming rarer for many American children. Over the last 20 years, I have seen a sharp decline in unstructured downtime for children. At a recent pediatric update conference, one presenter spoke about the amount… Continue Reading


Posted by Admin on November 24, 2014

Approaching the Tween Years

Preteens & Teens

It seems to happen overnight. You go to sleep and wake up as usual … only to find the sweet, cuddly, innocent child you knew the night before has become a TWEEN.


Posted by Mimi Ezray on July 1, 2014

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