How Much After School is Wise for a 10 Year-Old?

as seen in Brooklyn Family Magazine and on NYParenting.com Dear Sharon, In thinking about after school activities for this school year, my husband and I were wondering if there’s a limit for our 10-year-old son.
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My Special Needs 13 Year Old Might Start Dating!

As seen in New York Special Child Magazine and on NYParenting.com Dear Sharon, We have a adolescent daughter whose special needs have placed her in special ed schools since she was a youngster. She is
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Loving an Angry Teen

Nelly was a single mom who had been through many transitions with her two boys. A few years ago a challenging and unexpected divorce had been difficult for everyone and although she was happy to
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Tween Asks for “Mom Time”

Yvette was in 7th grade and an independent 12 year old daughter of a single mom, Marianne, who worked full time. They had been through a lot together over the years and had flourished. Yvette
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Helping an Angry Tween

Laura was 11, her younger brother, Aaron, was 8. Her family was going through a challenging economic period and there was plenty of stress at home. Laura, like many oldest siblings, was particularly affected by
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Screen Time and Junk Food

What do you recommend parents do to get their kids more physically active. My son is only 10 years old but he’s getting a gut and is glued to screens of one kind or another
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Intertwined 12 Year Old Twins

We have identical twin daughters who rely on each other for just about everything. They dress alike, act alike and are each other’s best friends. They are 12 and we are concerned that they are
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When Should Children Get a Cell Phone?

Our 8 year old daughter wants her own cell phone. What do we do? She says other kids have them. Help! Dear Parents, As the particulars of families vary widely I believe that there is
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12 Year Old Bully

Dear Sharon, Our next-door neighbor’s son is a bully. He is 12 years old, sizeable and formidable. I know he’s a bully because my 10-year-old son is one of his many victims. I don’t know
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When, If and How to say no to Tattoos and Piercings.

Dear Sharon, Our son is 13 and he’s driving us crazy. He’s into heavy metal music and now he wants to have his body tattooed and pierced. So far we have managed to keep this
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