The Scars of Bullying

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Back when most of us were kids (and certainly when our parents were kids) bullying wasn’t nearly the buzzy topic it is today. That’s not to say it wasn’t happening. It was absolutely happening, but it was almost considered synonymous with childhood. To the extent that many adults simply looked […]

Tackling Bullying: What Parents Need to Know

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Ask any parent of a tween what they are most concerned about when it comes to their child’s social interactions, and bullying will likely come up. Are their children being bullied? Are their kids the bullies themselves? Is bullying something they see regularly? Is there anything that can be done […]

One Caring Adult Makes the Difference

Adverse Childhood Experiences

Adverse Childhood Experiences and the Future of Trauma Informed Care   With hormones raging and prefrontal cortices developing, it is easier for our tweens to act in a reactionary way than it is for them to reason with the world around them. Adding Adverse Childhood Experiences and trauma to this […]

More Than Just “The Blues” – Tweens and Depression

The tween years are hard, there’s no doubt about it. Between changes in their bodies, peer pressure, and higher expectations, children in the upper elementary and junior high years are going through a lot. When you factor in the onslaught of hormones, things get even more complicated! All parents of […]

Behind Closed Doors: Spotting the Signs of a Pre-Teen Eating Disorder

According to research compiled by the National Eating Disorder Association, 40 to 60 percent of elementary school girls are concerned about their weight. By age 10, 81 percent are afraid of being fat. And by adolescence, 32 to 57 percent of girls will have engaged in “crash dieting, fasting, self-induced […]