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eParenting from UW Extension

Week 5 – Be an eParent!

Today’s teen forecast: severe attitude warnings possible throughout the day, scattered sarcasm showers, and a strong chance of annoyance later in the day…

Your teen’s new ability to appreciate and use sarcasm means they are entering a new era of brain development! Your child is moving from the literal to the abstract. For example, a younger child’s understanding of “you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make them drink” is very different from a teen’s interpretation.

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Week 6 – Be an eParent!

“What did you just call me?”

You may increasingly find yourself in situations where you feel angry or afraid of your teen’s intense emotional outbursts and respond by shouting back, punishing or avoiding the situation. While these are perfectly natural responses, they generally do not help to resolve conflict situations. Teenagers require the support of their parents and others to learn how to manage their strong emotions in helpful ways.

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Week 7 – Be an eParent!

What do you mean we are not going to Grandma’s for the holiday?!?

Has your tween ever given you a hard time when a family tradition changed? Traditions and rituals make family life more predictable and give tweens a sense of security.  Maintaining or establishing family, cultural or religious rituals and traditions is one key to building strong families and helps build a sense of identity for your child.

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Week 8 – Be an eParent!

Do you want to help your child with homework but feel unsure how?

You might not be able to help your tween do some of their homework anymore, but you can provide support. Here are a few things you can do. First, agree on a time and place for homework. Help your student get organized with a study space that is quiet and offers plenty of room to work. Help organize your tween’s schedule since middle school assignments often need to be managed over days or weeks.

Consider yourself one of your child’s teachers. While you may not be able to help with a math equation, you can provide encouragement, praise their hard work and help them think of specific questions to ask the teacher to get assistance.

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