No longer little, not yet teens…the Tween years can be unpredictably challenging! Balancing your child’s needs for independence and continuing to teach responsibility, set limits and boundaries can work very well by following the principles of positive parenting. While much time has passed since the toddler years, for tweens, a sense of capability and responsibility is very important. This is a time to give your child wings and yet, hold on to them so they grown stable, reliable roots to stand on.

Find the support you need here to help with screen time, social media, friendship challenges, self-esteem, bullying, grades and homework, curfews and navigating communication without nagging, yelling and threatening.

Positive Parenting Articles For Parenting Your Tween

Positive Discipline For When Your Child Comes Home From School and Can’t Seem to Stop Misbehaving

Positive Discipline For When Your Child Comes Home From School and Can’t Seem to Stop Misbehaving

A day spent at  school can be a very rewarding experience for children.  A great school offers children plenty of opportunities to play, discover  and learn. On the same hand, the experiences at school combined with time away from home can sometimes lead to feelings of disconnection, discouragement  and overwhelm. Children can experience quite the emotional ups…

How To Be An Encouraging Parent

How To Be An Encouraging Parent

Encouragement is about process and effort and can facilitate the development of a growth mindset. Encouragement offers an opportunity for a child to recognize their strengths, and allows them to grow an internal gague for how they are doing.

Teaching Children Respect

Teaching Children Respect

“Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.” – James Baldwin Children are mirrors; they reflect back to us everything we say and do. We now know that 95% of everything children learn, they learn from what is modeled for them. Only 5% of…

Ten Parenting Practices That Build Your Child’s Self-Esteem

Ten Parenting Practices That Build Your Child’s Self-Esteem

After jumping down from a  tree at the park my son stood up, did a little victory dance and then ran off to play on an obstacle course. It’s a pretty tricky course that requires balance, agility and coordination. It looked like it would take him a while to have it mastered. Sure enough my son struggled…

How to Be a Confident Parent

How to Be a Confident Parent

Your son is on the floor, arms and legs flailing. Crying and screaming at the top of his lungs. He’s been like this for 10 minutes already. If you could read his mind in this moment, he might be thinking, “Mom! Please help me! I’m feeling so disappointed. I want to stop crying, but I…

Positive Parenting: Understanding Sibling Rivalry

Positive Parenting: Understanding Sibling Rivalry

“You are being mean!” said my son. His face filled with disappointment. “I’m never sharing my truck with you ever again.” He added, walking away with a deep sigh. I had been listening to my son and daughter. It was a small conflict, yet big feelings were involved.   They were struggling to play together….

Staying Connected To Your Tween Daughter

Staying Connected To Your Tween Daughter

Having just turned ten, my daughter is on the verge of becoming a full-fledged tween. We are having more “talks” as her friends and classmates bring more and more interesting tidbits to her attention such as which feminine products are better, who “likes” whom, oh-the-girl-drama and more. The hormones are also beginning to take over…

The Important Question to Ask After Yelling

The Important Question to Ask After Yelling

We are walking up the stairs to school. It’s been a difficult morning. I am feeling drained by the need to repeat myself over and over. The feeling that I’m doing everything for everyone. That no one else in the family is doing their share and once again I am over functioning for all of…

Encouraging Children to Listen: 3 Steps to Avoid Yelling

Encouraging Children to Listen: 3 Steps to Avoid Yelling

When children don’t listen, being calm and confident can take extra effort, but really it is the key to getting kids to listen. To encourage children to listen more, and stop yelling you can try these three steps.

Letting Calm Confidence Lead the Way

Letting Calm Confidence Lead the Way

Techniques galore. Time outs. Behavior charts. Chore charts. Get-out-the-door charts. 1, 2, 3 warnings. Homework first. Cry to sleep. Rock to sleep. Just sleep. “Eyes only” and one finger touches. Unwavering curfew. No reading until your teeth are brushed and jammies on. Be respectful or else. Consequences consequences consequences…and on and on and on. Techniques….

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