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Parenting Tweens

Don't Call My Daughter A Moody Tween

Jeff Bogle | Posted 05.09.2016 | Parents
Jeff Bogle

We humans are moody a bunch, each and every one of us. Some more so than others, yes, but it's there inside us all as we experience sadness, melancholy, frustration, disappointment, hurt and, hopefully, some joy along the way. To be human is to experience a full range of moods from day to day, hour to hour, moment to moment depending on factors often out of our control.

'Everyone Has an iPhone Except Me!': A Parent's Lonely Stand

Zanthe Taylor | Posted 03.16.2016 | Parents
Zanthe Taylor

The clearest advice I've heard on digital parenting is hold off as long as possible on allowing children full access to personal devices or social media, and so far, I have no regrets about sticking to that.

How to Raise "Includers"

Whitney Fleming | Posted 03.11.2016 | Parents
Whitney Fleming

The cars in the drop-off line moved exceedingly slow one cold morning, and I tried to keep my patience while silently chanting, "Pull forward!" My da...

The Birthday Text: A daughter's attempt to find peace with her fathers absence

Katherine Sotelo | Posted 02.12.2016 | Parents
Katherine Sotelo

Today I gave my father my mailing address. I turned the shower on and walked back out into my hallway, taking a seat on my old roommates bed which la...

When Parenting Tweens Don't Sweat It

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 07.11.2016 | Parents
Dr. Peggy Drexler

Just about the least effective way to get kids to "buy in" to parental values is to try to force them to do so. Savvy parents, more often than not, come to understand that patience, and a little bit of tongue-biting, wins out.

25 Ways To Annoy Your Tween

The Next Family | Posted 05.17.2015 | Parents
The Next Family

In the spirit of full disclosure, I will admit that I was being a bit hypocritical at the time. But that's my prerogative as a parent, right?

Parenting Tweens: An Exercise in Presence

Lindsey Mead | Posted 05.11.2015 | Parents
Lindsey Mead

Mothering these days is about knowing that I can't fix everything -- or, often, anything. It is knowing that listening without trying to change is actually the most profound gift.

Why I'm Not Raising A 'Good Girl'

Galit Breen | Posted 05.02.2015 | Parents
Galit Breen

In the midst of young motherhood, I believed that having well-behaved kids, ones who didn't make waves, meant that I was being a good mom. And while I think that polite words and gentle hearts make the world go round, what changes the world, what also matters, is confidence.

50 Shades of... Relax Already!

Drs. Bill and Ginger Bercaw | Posted 04.20.2015 | Women
Drs. Bill and Ginger Bercaw

Yes, there are real sex/violence issues to be concerned about and you don't have to look far to find them. But let's just leave 50 Shades where it belongs -- in fantasy-land.

Knowing Yourself: There's No App for That

Marsha Lebedev Bernstein | Posted 12.28.2014 | Parents
Marsha Lebedev Bernstein

How will they engage in any self-reflection or inner mining if they're in a constant loop of Vine videos and Starbucks selfies?

No One Will Tell You This: A Letter To My Daughter

Kathleen Buckstaff | Posted 12.27.2014 | Parents
Kathleen Buckstaff

You would put your hand on my belly to feel the baby kicking. You loved the new life that was stirring inside of me. Sometimes I would let you rub an ice cube on my belly to awaken your brother, and we would laugh when we saw a tiny foot or elbow move across my stretched skin.

My Tween Daughter Argued in School That Tomatoes Are Fruits, and Here is What Happened

Dr. Chris Martine | Posted 03.12.2014 | Parents
Dr. Chris Martine

As if this sort of comment in a seventh-grade gym class wouldn't be enough to put a target on her, my daughter offered one last comment to a growing chorus of dissenting opinion: "I should know what a fruit is. My dad is a botanist."

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Kids: What Is Age Appropriate?

Cristy Clavijo-Kish | Posted 01.26.2014 | Parents
Cristy Clavijo-Kish

The movie really is suited for older tweens as there is plenty of drama and intensity. Prior to and following the premiere, I asked some parents and kids in attendance for their views and reactions to the movie.

No Longer a Mom to Single-Digits: Parenting Two Preteens

Rachel Blaufeld | Posted 07.23.2013 | Parents
Rachel Blaufeld

I was excited to watch my big guy hit these marks because they were all so new, and I had no idea what it would ultimately mean. This time, I know. I know it is the end of an era. It means saying goodbye to a much simpler time.

Tips For When Your Tween Daughter Has 'Nothing to Wear'

Amy Sue Nathan | Posted 06.11.2013 | Parents
Amy Sue Nathan

In all walks of life and at any age, nothing to wear can masquerade as a closet full of clothes. But when you're an 11-year-old girl in junior high, this is akin to a catastrophic wardrobe malfunction, not just another bad day.

What To Do When Your Tween Boy Wants To Hold Your Hand

Jenny Isenman | Posted 04.27.2013 | Parents
Jenny Isenman

The other day, my son looked at me with those same wide eyes that once asked, "Mommy, when I'm older will you marry me?" and asked, "Mom, I'm getting older, doesn't that mean I should start wearing Hollister?"

Love Lessons from the Top of the Closet

Rachel Blaufeld | Posted 04.16.2013 | Parents
Rachel Blaufeld

Can a leak in the roof be serendipitous? Normally, I would answer 'no,' however, in this case, I am starting to think that my recent one was lucky.

Who Are You, Exactly?

Nancy Sharp | Posted 08.13.2012 | Parents
Nancy Sharp

My kids have crossed the threshold from children to full-fledged tweens overnight. Am I ready?

Now That I Am The Mother Of Tweens

Lisa McElroy | Posted 07.11.2012 | Parents
Lisa McElroy

The very best thing about having a tween is seeing them transition from little girl to big girl. Even when they feel like strangers, even when they hide under the covers or the exam table, even when they fly to Mars, they are your babies.