Tweens and teens
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Ask the Parent Coach: Helping Your Child Make a Smooth Transition to Middle School
Q: My 11-year-old daughter will be going to middle school this fall. I am a bit concerned about how the transition will go. What can I do to help her get ready for all of the upcoming changes? A: Your concern is understandable. Even though there are many unknowns on the horizon, this is an exRead More »
When Are Kids Old Enough For Pierced Ears, Sleepovers, Solo Travel & More?
I was spending some quality one-on-one time with my 4-year-old, Fiona, last week. We were in my bed reading books when the phone rang. Normally, I’d have ignored it, but it was the pediatrician returning a call. I told Fiona I’d be right back and ran to take the call. I returned less than five minuRead More »
Cultural Intelligence: What’s Your Child’s Global IQ?
Tacoma chiropractor and mom Laelle Martin always knew she wanted her future children to embrace dual cultures: that of her native Pacific Northwest as well as the Latin American culture she grew to love when she spent a year and a half as an AmeriCorps volunteer in Puerto Rico after college. But likRead More »
Boycott Time: Are Our Kids Overdosing on Tests?
Is the answer to local testing concerns another test? Washington state has seen a number of tests over the years, from the WASL to the MSP and HSPE, with pressures to meet AYP because of NCLB. There’s the DRE and the EOCs and in some schools (as we know all too well now) the MAP. And don’t forget tRead More »
Ask the Parent Coach: Destressing the Morning Routine
Q: My 12-year-old daughter takes forever to get ready for school. Our mornings are filled with rushing, panicking, yelling, and sometimes even crying. Several times this year she has been late for school. I have to get to my job right after I drop her off, and I can’t be late for work anymore!Read More »
Send Your Tween to College: Parents and Kids Should Start Planning Earlier Than Ever
Calling all slacker moms, tiger parents and everyone in between: Are your pre-adolescents ready for college? No, we’re not talking child prodigies or early enrollment here — just regular kids who’ll be entering the workforce someday. The U.S. Department of Education recommends that students begin pRead More »
What to Do When Your Teen Wants a Tattoo or Body Piercing
Just as the youth of the 1960s expressed themselves with long hair and funky clothes, many of today’s teens are using body marking to be “different” and display their individuality. A piercing or tattoo is a way your teen says, “I'm growing up and making my own decisions, even if you don’t like it!”Read More »
Learning to Lead: Raising Leaders for a Global World
Liam Kim of Bonney Lake is a leader in training: The 4-year-old has been directing others since he learned to talk. By the time Liam was 2, his mom, Shannon, noticed how easily and comfortably he took the lead around kids of all ages, from his older cousins to strangers at the zoo. “When we’re at thRead More »