Helping Preteens Become Independent

Like many people, I remember the first time my dad took the training wheels off my bike. With a mix of fear, excitement, and adrenalin, I started out slowly and wobbly down the street, my dad jogging along beside me. I kept looking over to make sure he was there in case I lost control. He was, and I felt reassured.

As I straightened the wheels out a bit and picked up the pace, however, I suddenly looked over and realized he was not there and promptly fell off my bike. I sat there on the hard sidewalk inspecting my scratches as he ran up to me. He asked me what happened. Why did you stop?

I wailed back, you were not there. Where did you go? He explained to me that I was doing fine, and I did not need him. And then, he did the most important thing. He made me get back up on my bike and try again.

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Great Classroom Decorating Ideas that Won’t Break the Bank

Every teacher, whatever age group or subject he or she teaches, strives all the time to make the learning experience they give their students the best one they possibly can. Coming up with new classroom decorating ideas every school year is usually something a lot of teachers find themselves trying to do all summer long.

Great Classroom Decorating Ideas for Teachers – Best Use of Bulletin Boards

The bulletin boards in any classroom are a crucial part of the overall décor scheme and the perfect place to execute classroom decorations ideas. Posters, photographs charts, and seasonal decorations are all popular items for teachers to display on a bulletin board, even if they are responsible for teaching high school students.

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Creating a Study Nook You Can Enjoy

One of the problems most young people have to deal with at home is finding a great place to study. Since many people feel that there is no space in their homes for a study nook, they often end up studying at the dining table, the kitchen table or on the couch using the coffee table. This can make it difficult to concentrate on your studies if the TV is on, or someone is preparing dinner.

If you do not live in a college dorm where a desk is often provided, creating a study area in the home does not have to take too much space. However, you may have to de-clutter in order to create the space that you need. One of the best ways to de-clutter is to get rid of any old textbooks that you may have sitting on the shelf or some other space that you could convert into a study area.

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Companies build teen communities around products is not your typical teen community Website. Like lots of others, it offers predictable teen fare about boys and articles about how to clear up acne. But it also features dancing tampons and flying feminine-protection products.

These hygiene-products-turned-characters wear capes and masks and dance around the screen to a techno-beat. Dubbed “The Super Fems,” and individually named “Captain Maxi,” “Super Tampon” and “Wonder Liner” – they are a dead giveaway that there’s something more to this site than teen high jinks and gossip.

That something more is Procter & Gamble. In New York, they focused also on teens that needed to complete the New York State Regents exam or the TASC exam (previously GED) and the struggle they experienced in order to continue their education at college or university. Very successful!

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Marketing to Teens

Understanding what potential customers want and will buy is an important business strategy. This case study examines the buying power of teens and identifies their musical preferences. Unique characteristics and peer pressure influence Generation Y’s purchases. Predicting what teens will buy may be an art, not a science.

Facts about Gen Y

✔ Ages 14-21, over 32 million strong
✔ Teens spent $185 billion in 2015
(Teenage Research Unlimited)
✔ Top attribute teens associate with
a cool brand: quality
(Zollo, Wise Up to Teens)
✔ More than 80% of teens say it’s
cool to be smart
(2014 Roper Youth Report)
✔ Teen girls, ages 15-18, desire to be
an average of three years older than
they are (TRU, Fall 2014)

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Helping Preteens Develop Healthful Habits and a Positive Self-Image

As preteens sort through sometimes conflicting messages from parents, peers, and media, it can be challenging to guide them down a path toward positive self-image and healthful eating and exercise habits.

At the November 1 Preteen Alliance luncheon, Ann Tipton, MD, an adolescent medicine specialist from Kaiser Permanente, and Amy Jussel, a media expert and executive director of Shaping Youth, offered tools to help parents and caregivers meet those challenges head-on.

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Important Questions on the Minds of Preteens

Am I normal?
Do I fit in? Should I fit in?
Why do I feel the way I do?
When do I have to start worrying about taxes?

These are some of the “Important Questions on the Minds of Preteens” addressed by Rob Lehman, MD, and Julie Metzger, RN, MN, at Preteen Alliance luncheons held in October and November.

Both luncheons were extremely popular, with long waiting lists. Rob and Julie, who run a series of workshops for preteens and parents at both Seattle Children’s Hospital and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, shared insights into how preteens think.

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It’s Never too Early to Talk about Alcohol and Drugs

The message at a Preteen Alliance luncheon held March 3 was clear — start talking before kids start drinking.

The luncheon speakers, David Mineta, deputy director of Asian American Recovery Services, and Mary Bier, coordinator of the Partnership for a Safe and Healthy Pacifica, discussed a tragic alcohol-related accident that prompted Pacifica to organize a community-wide effort to prevent substance abuse among youth.

The Partnership was formed shortly after the deaths of 19-year-old Jonny Bier, Mary’s nephew, and 16-year-old Stephanie Echeverri, who were in an alcohol-related car accident.

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Preteen Girls’ Health: A Conversation with a Physician and a Psychologist

If you couldn’t attend the October 25 Preteen Alliance luncheon about girls’ health, here are some highlights:

  • It’s crucial for parents to talk with preteen girls about sexual issues, so that they develop healthful habits later in life; and
  • The HPV vaccine, which recently was recommended for preteen girls starting at age 9 to help prevent cervical cancer, is an important — and safe – vaccination, even at that young age.

These were among the key points made by two experts from Kaiser San Jose — Dr. Bryna Barsky-Ex, a psychologist and sex therapist in the psychiatry and OB/GYN departments, and Dr. Seham El-Diwany, a pediatrician with more than 20 years experience.

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When to Worry About Your Preteen

Before you know it your preteen child will begin to transform into an adolescent. Just as you watched your baby learn to walk and talk, you’ll watch your preteen walk a little further away from you and begin to talk about video games, clothes, music, and being cool.

When children enter puberty it’s hard to know when emotional intensity and mood swings are part of the normal changes of puberty or signs of more serious issues such as depression and anxiety.

During the early preteen years your child might still tell you what’s going on, but as preteens travel on the road to becoming a teenager, and behaviors start to change, it’s common for parents to lose sleep thinking about all of the things that could go wrong.

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Parenting Preteens: Building a ‘United Front’

Preadolescence challenges preteens and parents. Let’s face these challenges as allies! Besides bestowing us with changes in appearance, attitude, mood, and behavior, preadolescence presents us some serious and difficult challenges.

What happened to my child? Preteens begin to redefine themselves in relation to parents and siblings — who may not welcome the changed roles — and develop new interests, which may not be shared by others at home.

Social Studies, or social scene? The school environment around the middle school years is stressful, as academic subjects become more complicated, and motivation toward studying may be affected by alternative competing inclinations

Dangers ahead! Preteens face powerful social pressures from their peers, the neighborhoods where they live, and from mass media. Parents may feel helpless in shielding their kids from the many influences that threaten their safety and well being.

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