Teens & Tweens

Let Them Figure It Out

Posted April 9th, 2013 by Jennifer Thorson in Child, Parenting, Preschoolers, Teens & Tweens

I am a slacker-parent. In the years since I first claimed my slacker title, Lenore Skenazy created the term “Free-Range Parent” which not only sounds better than “slacker,” it comes with a whole philosophy attached, which you can debate with the other parents at your parenting group, proving that even […]

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Developing Empathy

Posted February 13th, 2013 by Elaine in Child, Parenting, Teens & Tweens

I’m guessing if you asked many parents if they wanted an empathetic child, they’d respond yes. And most of those same parents spend loads of time prepping their children for school, singing the A-B-C’s and reciting various counting rhymes. And of course, every early childhood classroom places some emphasis on […]

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6 Great Gifts for the Diary of a Wimpy Kid Fan

Posted December 21st, 2012 by Leticia Barr in Teens & Tweens

6 Great Gifts for the Diary of a Wimpy Kid Fan

One of the most popular series for elementary ages is Diary of a Wimpy Kid by University of Maryland grad, Jeff Kinney. Main character, Greg Heffley, is described by my third grade daughter as “someone that every kid can identify with” and delights elementary fans everywhere. Smart yet dorky Greg […]

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Reflections on the Aurora Shootings

Posted August 1st, 2012 by Sue Wagner in Parenting, Teens & Tweens, Uncategorized

Like most of the country, I’ve been heartbroken over the shootings in Aurora, Colorado. I’ve followed every news story for the past week and a half trying to make sense out of something so senseless. I see the ramifications of the shootings ripple through our lives. I saw a string […]

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Pomp and Circumstance

Posted May 23rd, 2012 by Sue Wagner in Parenting, Teens & Tweens, Uncategorized

In just a few days, my family will celebrate the first of hopefully many graduations. My oldest is graduating from 8th grade. My kids attend a K-8 school, so on one hand, it’s been a long nine years. On the other hand, wasn’t it just yesterday that I dropped off […]

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The Spring Break Juggling Act

Posted April 3rd, 2012 by Sue Wagner in Child, Parenting, Preschoolers, Teens & Tweens

In 48 hours, my kids will be on Spring Break. Normally, by this time, I’m looking forward to a break. I’m tired of packing lunches and helping with dioramas and book reports. I’m weary of ironing uniforms at 1am and searching for misplaced water bottles. I’m ready for some lazy […]

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