teach tweens to embrace changeChange can be uncomfortable for anyone. For tweeners who are desperate to fit in with their peers, change is often devastating. They have a hard time recognizing that others are dealing with the same issues that they are.

Middle school can be a difficult bridge between the carefree times of elementary school and the future-focused days of high school. Share these tips with your tweener to show them that change is a necessary and even valuable part of life.

• Don't try to be someone else just because you admire them. Your unique personality makes you interesting all on your own. You'll feel much better if you simply be yourself.

• If you have a friend who is being mean or demonstrating other unpleasant behavior, take them aside for an honest talk to find out what's upsetting them. Being a good friend is one of the more rewarding roles you can have.

• It might seem fun and grown-up to stay up late, but there's nothing fun about being tired all the time. Getting regular sleep helps you face each day with a positive attitude.

• Don't be afraid to stand up for yourself. Have the confidence to follow the path that's right for you.

• Write down your homework assignments and cross them off as you complete each one. School days go much better when you're prepared.

Our Afterschool Program for middle-school students provides learning activities along with peer interaction to build their social skills. We have locations throughout Cleveland, Lorain and Elyria. Please contact one in your area for more information.

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