What’s Great and Challenging about Being a “Tween?”

This month I talked to “tweens” and their parents about the joys and challenges of pre-adolescence. Here’s a summary of what they said: WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT THIS AGE? PARENTS It’s great to watch
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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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Teenagers Benefit from Time with Mom and Dad

Even though teens are busy they are more able to sort through the many challenges in their lives if mom and dad can regularly set aside chunks of relaxed, loving time with them.

Family Poker?

Parents who had weathered multiple relocations and school changes came to see me to talk about their 5th grade son, Michael. Mom initially contacted me quite worried because Michael had been having significant trouble in
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It’s Working

A parents of tweens group I lead had been discussing common concerns of middle school moms and dads; juggling the demands of school work and home life and handling the emotional ups and downs of
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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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Quote from a young tween – “Great Job Mom You’re Trying to Make us a Family!”

Mae, a 10 year old, was the youngest in her family of four. Her parents had gradually incorporated more physical games into everyone’s daily routines when spring and summer were near. A ping pong table,
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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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