Back to school for tweens
Heading back to school again can be fraught with mixed emotions. Summer was hopefully a time for tweens to lay back and enjoy themselves, pursue interests, and interact with friends. Returning to school means checking one’s appearance and wardrobe and getting new school supplies. It means rekindling friendships with those people they may not have seen in summer, or it may mean a new school and making new friends. It also means staying healthy so it doesn’t become too difficult to make up missed work.
Los Angeles has great resources for tweens: www.staples.com Staples for school supplies. www.target.com Target for some school supplies and clothes. Target also has uniforms, which many schools require. www.landsend.com Lands End online has uniforms and other wardrobes and backpacks. There is also a new online site www.zioziegler.com Zio Ziegler for PBteen collection. They carry bedroom décor and accessories such as back packs, lunch bags, laptop cases and other gear. www.jcpenncy JC Penney has clothes and accessories for back to school, as does www.macy’s.com Macy’s.
Healthwise, there have been many cases of pertussis (whooping cough) this year, and residents are urged to get vaccinated. Medicast is a new doctors-on-demand mobile serice. Appointments no longer have to be squeezed inbetween school and activities. Medicast is open 24 hours a day. (firstname.lastname@example.org) Formula PR, Inc. in El Segundo. 310-678-7050.
Michael Josephson (www.whatwillmatter.com) of Los Angeles, has great advice for the emotional side of tweens. His three suggestions for parents of young teens are as follows:
- Adolescents are on a “physical and emotional roller coaster.” They think adults are ignorant, but at the same time, they are very insecure. They make mistakes and are self-involved. Even though they want to be independent, they need you more. Be open with them.
- Choose your battles carefully. Be firm but willing to lose sometimes.
- Don’t put down their feelings, which are intense, by saying they shouldn’t feel that way.
Let your tweens go through the process of readjusting to school. Be there to guide them, not control them, and things will work out well.