High School Here We Come!

As you help your child prepare for high school, there are many things to consider in finding the perfect fit. Fortunately, Alachua County has many options for a great education and well-rounded experience.  While evaluating your options, consider what parts of the high school experience are most critical to your child’s success. Academics are important

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5 Shows for Tweens

5 Shows for Tweens and What They’re About Being a tween means being in that in-between stage where you’re too mature for cartoons but too young for young adult shows with more mature content. It can be difficult finding shows that are a balance of both and everyone knows it can be impossible to get

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All Grown Up: How to Move from a Kid to a Tween Room

In the blink of an eye, your beloved baby grows up and so does their personality and style. As your child grows up, they want their bedroom—their own space—to reflect their unique tastes. So, what is the best way to change your child’s bedroom from a “kiddie” style to a more mature room?  “Let your

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body odor

Learn How to Navigate Body Odor and Your Tween!

As our children transition into “tween-hood,” we notice a variety of changes due to the influx of hormones, including mood changes, body development, hair growth and, of course, body odor. Girls typically begin puberty between the ages of 8 and 13, and boys start when they are between 9 and 14 years old. Puberty causes

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Tweens and Good Tidings Unite

 It’s present time!  Ahh… this is the best. As parents, we just love to see the joy and excitement our tots exude when they tear open those pristinely-wrapped gifts. They squeal and shriek over the newest Barbie®, LEGO® set or maybe that special American Girl Doll®. Gift giving for the youngsters was a breeze, that

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More Sleep Helps Teens Cope With the Pandemic

If you're the parent of a teenager, you know it can be hard to drag them out of bed before lunchtime. Teenage bodies have a "delayed biological rhythm" and tend to prefer to go to bed later and sleep later in the morning. A recent study by Gruber et al. published in the Child and

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Skipping School

Skipping School: A Day of Fun or Something More Serious?

Teen life is tough. School is “boring” and teens gripe about the daily school grind. While they may rather stay in bed all day, Florida law requires regular school attendance. Some kids play hooky a few times while others are habitual offenders. Truancy TitleXLVIII of 2020 Florida Statutes states that “If a student has had

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Why Do Teens Sleep Till Noon?

Your daughter used to scurry to your bedroom door at a ripe 6 a.m. and peer inside at your sound asleep self. Without hesitation, her mouse-like tendencies would turn feline and she'd pounce — jolting you awake in hopes that you'd play with her. Your son used to greet the sunrise with the boisterous vroom-vroom

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