Tween

adhd kids“In the course of childhood and adolescence, school experiences play an important role in the development of self-perceptions and can have powerful and long-term effects on a child’s self-esteem,” say experts Batya Elbaum, Ph.D. and Sharon Vaughn, Ph.D. “Individuals with learning disabilities (LD),” they point out, “are especially vulnerable to low self-concept.... and it is clear that students with LD often experience academic challenges that can drain self-esteem.”

Do HomeworkWhen it comes to your child's homework, do you beg, plead, or bribe? Do you threaten consequences? You can make homework easier for both you and your children with some simple tips that honor their natural energy.

Every child has a dominant Energy Type that determines the way they move through life. It affects everything they do—playing, talking, eating, sleeping. And yes, it even shows up in the way they do homework!

Home School2At its best, family life can be compared to a well-oiled machine with a thousand moving parts. At its worst, well … we’ve all been there. Time-consuming extracurriculars, stacks of homework and other everyday responsibilities can make daily life seem more like the perfect storm.

But there is relief in sight — when it comes to homework, at least. Following is a directory of after-school clubs, tutoring programs and online resources that can offer help when you need it most. Costs vary from free to pricey, but many of the below resources offer scholarships, so parents, don’t be afraid to ask!

shutterstock 113116204Today’s youth are full of curiosity, but that can also be overwhelming. Luckily, the U.S. is home to the largest organization that helps students explore the world around them. Through 4-H, students can learn new skills and discover new things.

The 4-H community is open to those ages 5 to 19 who are interested in learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. The South Carolina 4-H Youth Development Program takes a learn-by-doing approach, taking advantage of the knowledge and resources provided by Clemson University and the Land Grant University System.

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An important aspect of helping kids develop into responsible adults is teaching them the value and rewards of hard work and earning their own money. Through this, they gain self-esteem, come to understand the real value of a dollar and become more thoughtful in the way they spend money. Share the list below with your preteen or teen for a variety of ways kids can make money.

The grass is always greener – What better way to soak up the sun, get fit, and make spare cash all at once than mowing lawns? Create some fliers, and be sure to mention you live in the neighborhood. Include your fees based on yard size, and try to keep the rates below the cost of professional services. Also, don’t forget to include your phone number. Then you can deliver the fliers to the homes in your neighborhood lodged between doorknobs or tucked under mats. Never place anything in mailboxes because it’s illegal.