How To “BE” With Your Tweens

Picture: Camp Weloki Fall Weekend

If you’ve been wondering about things you can do with your tween to create connection, look no further. This list of 10 fun and creative ideas, brought to you by Camp Weloki Founder and My Mommy Manual “Expert Daddy”  Dr. Tim Jordan, is sure to get you started!

1. Ask your tween what they’d like to do: Give them more and more control as each year goes by as to the what, when and where you might spend some one-on-one time together. [Read more…]

How to Talk to Your Teen Girls About… Boys

Expert Mommy, Carrie Silver-Stock shares her tips on how to talk about boys with your teen girls. Carrie is a licensed social worker with years of experience working with teen girls and she is the author of the book, Secrets Girls Keep.

Have you successfully had conversations with your daughters about their “crushes” and dating?

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How to Communicate with Your Teen

Recently, I’ve been totally dumb founded by a couple of conversations with my 8-year old girl, when something I say that I think is trivial like, “I’m turning on the timer for your homework.” is the cause of major hysteria! WTF?! A recent interview with one of our Guest Experts, Vanessa Van Petten, author of the book, You’re Grounded gave me some great insight into the brains of tweens and teens. Apparently, they think in superlatives, almost exclusively! So how we use this fact to communicate more effectively with our drama queens? Vanessa tells us…

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How to Connect with Your Teen, in the Kitchen

Food for Thought — The Kitchen Connection

teen_boysIn our house there are two females: the dog and me.  My husband and I have three sons, ages 13, 12 and “almost 11.” I was ecstatic with the arrival of each of our sons.  But that didn’t keep me from being a bit disappointed as I imagined a future that would not include:

  • Barbie anything.  I was right.  I did not miss the tiny shoes that I heard were a threat to young siblings, new vacuums and barefoot parents.  However, we did experience similar situations arising due to stray pieces from Lego Space, Lego Star Wars and Lego Indiana Jones. [Read more…]

How to Communicate with Your Tween

How do you keep the lines of communication open with your tweens/teens? I have a few years before my daughter begins to pull away (I hope!) and prioritizes their social life over familiar relationships. Carrie Silver-Stock of offers her Expert Mommy advice.

Moms, how have you navigated this sensitive stage of life? What creative ways can you share to keep the connection strong?

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Positive Parenting Tip: How to Connect to Your Teen

How to connect to your tween/teen? Listen to this :15 AUDIO TIP:

Our Yoga Parenting audio tips are presented every Friday by Michaela Turner, BS Ed, CYKT, YKT, Co-Founder Yoga Parenting

Michaela is a 30 year veteran educator and a Certified YogaKids Teacher and Trainer. She teaches yoga baby and yoga kids classes for children throughout St. Louis, Missouri. As the Co-founder of Yogi Parenting, Michaela offers positive parenting coaching and seminars nationally, blending her joy for yoga with her love for children.

How to Hug a Porcupine

porcupine-croppedNext month our oldest daughter turns nine years old and we officially enter the tween zone. So after ten glorious days of family vacation and 30 hours in the car, I just finished my fifth book on the matter. Each book offered many ways I can expect my darling daughter to transform and how I might (and might not) want to respond. After flipping, skimming, laughing, furrowing my brow and talking back to the books, I have to say through it all I had to remind myself to breathe…frequently.

My main take-aways after all that reading?

#1 to prepare for and support my child in seeking independence and a feeling of being “different” from my husband and I. (It’s a tweens job…knowing this, I can embrace it, not fight it)… and

#2, to practice “active listening”. [Read more…]