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Archive for the ‘ Parenting Challenges – Tweens ’ Category

How Do I Express Concerns and Build Teamwork During a Parent Teacher Conference?

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How Do I Express Concerns and Build Teamwork During a Parent Teacher Conference? Stephanie’s son is in first grade. He comes home from school crying almost every day. He loses his recess and is told to stay on “the wall” because he doesn’t finish his work. Stephanie asked him why. He said he didn’t know how to do all the work and is afraid to ask his teacher (although he is usually a very outgoing child). Last year he was excited about school. He asked to have his work put on the fridge. But this year his papers ALL say stuff like “neater please!!” and “stay... (Read More ...)

What is the Recipe for Success in School?

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What is the Recipe for Success in School? Rob and Linda have a son in third grade and daughter in fifth grade. Their son has a hard time organizing his desk and getting the correct subject book out during class. Their daughter has a hard time getting homework assignments back to the correct teacher and has received several missed assignment slips because she could not find assignments to turn in. Rob and Linda want their children to learn how to be responsible for their own assignments and school work, but they also want them to succeed in school. What are some ways Rob and Linda can help... (Read More ...)

Should My Child Use Medications For ADHD Management? Are There Any Other ADHD Treatments That Work?

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Your child has been diagnosed with ADHD. Part of you is relieved. Finally you have an answer to why he is so hyper and unable to sit still. Part of you is distraught. You have started reading everything you can find about ADHD treatments and ADHD Management. You have concerns about the effects of ADHD medications. You are not sure what to do.  As mentioned in the in the other articles in this series, “What Is ADHD And What Are Causes Of ADHD In Children” and “What Can Be Done To Help Decrease Behavior Problems Due To ADHD In Children,” Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is... (Read More ...)

What Can Be Done To Help Decrease Behavior Problems Due To ADHD In Children?

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What Can Be Done To Help Decrease Behavior Problems Due To ADHD In Children? Your child has signs of ADHD. You are concerned about some of his behaviors. Part of you feels some of them are on purpose. It seems he can behave appropriately at times, so why can’t he do it all the time? This article is part of a series that addresses the following questions you need to know about ADHD in Children.  What is ADHD? What are the causes of ADHD In Children? How can you tell if your child is energetic,”hyper” or has ADHD? Who can diagnose ADHD and what do (or should) they consider when... (Read More ...)

What Is ADHD And What Are Causes Of ADHD In Children?

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What Is ADHD And What Are Causes Of ADHD In Children? Your child never seems to sit still. He runs through the house dumping out toy bins in every room and constantly jumps on the furniture. He is interested in one toy for only a few minutes before he is off to another one. You feel like you are in a whirlwind just trying to keep up with him. You start to wonder, “Why can’t he sit still and focus?” A couple friends have made comments to you that he shows signs of ADHD. You wonder, “What is ADHD and what are causes of ADHD in children anyway?” If you’ve ever wondered…or... (Read More ...)

Looking for Homework Tips For Parents of Children who Intentionally Don’t Do Their Homework?

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Looking for Homework Tips For Parents of Children who Intentionally Don’t Do Their Homework? Barb is a single mom.  She leaves work, rushes to pick up the children from after-school care and then home to start dinner.  Once dinner is started, she begins asking about homework.  Her teenager says “I’ll do it later.”  Barb says, “You need to get started now because your sister has a soccer game tonight and there won’t be time later.” Her ten-year-old pulls the homework out of her bag and complains, “I’m not good at math. I’ll never get these problems done by the time we have... (Read More ...)

Are You Doing More Homework Than Your Children? What Can Homework Helpers Do To Halt Homework Hassles?

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Are You Doing More Homework Than Your Children? What Can Homework Helpers Do To Halt Homework Hassles? Joan has two children who just can’t seem to get their homework done without her or them getting frustrated to tears.  Joan repeatedly picks up or delivers her one child’s forgotten homework . When her daughter does remember it, she doe snot understand it and Joan feels like she has to teach her all over again!  Her other child could get his homework done in a flash, if he would just sit down and do it. He puts it off, because he says he already knows it and thinks homework is stupid. Like... (Read More ...)

Is My Child Ready to Be Home Alone? Is There a Legal Age for Children to Stay Home Alone?

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Is My Child Ready to Be Home Alone? Is There a Legal Age For Children to Stay Home Alone? The end of the school year brings a tough decision for many parents, “Is my child ready to be home alone?” Many parents answer this question simply by looking at a child’s age or maturity, but really need to consider both. Parents may also wonder “is there a legal age for children to stay home alone?”  There is an unwritten, unspoken “law” among social service and law enforcement professionals that no child nine-years-old or younger should be left home alone – no matter... (Read More ...)