10 Things to Know About Boarding School

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Top Ten Tips You Should Know Before Your Teen Leaves For Boarding School Justin Muchnick, two-time author and a third year student at Phillips Academy Andover, shares with Ten to Twenty readers his tips for parents whose teens are leaving for boarding school. (Many of his ideas apply to families getting ready to leave for college, too!) At Andover, Justin volunteers as a campus tour guide and receives an abundance of inquiries from parents and teens alike, so he tried to distill many of his responses to frequently asked questions below. He hopes that these tips as well as the contents of his … [Continue reading...]

Coffee Talk: Savor (almost) Every Moment

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Savoring the Moments with Your Teens Imagine the Air Jordan logo. Now imagine it rotated 90 degrees to the right. That was me standing in front of the blackberry bush, except I wasn’t doing anything with a basketball. I was reaching to pick berries from a cluster on an out-of-the-way branch, bracing myself against the barbs that threatened to disrupt my almost-precarious balance, lest I drop the … [Continue reading...]

Teaching my Teens about their Jewishness and Jewish Heritage.

I was born Jewish.  My father was born Jewish. My mother was born a Southern Baptist but converted to Judaism prior to marrying my father, so I was born Jewish.  Being Jewish is passed through the mother not the father.  You might wonder why, (as I did), Jewishness is passed through the mother and not the father.  Of course until recent scientific advances in the 1980's and 1990's one could not … [Continue reading...]

Six Steps For Raising A Daughter with Healthy Eating Habits

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Notes From An Eating Disorder Survivor When I gave birth to a daughter, I was terrified. At twenty-three, I was still a girl myself, struggling with my own issues – an eating disorder, insecurities, and identity issues. If I struggled with my own body issues, how was I going to raise a girl with a healthy self-image? Her birth forced me to face the underlying issues of the eating disorder. I … [Continue reading...]

Are We Stressing Kids Out? A Teacher’s Point of View

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What a Music Teacher Thinks About Your Kids Schedule A typical conversation between a student and music teacher: Teacher: “Did you practice that song this week?” Student: “I don’t have time to practice my instrument, I have: Soccer practice 3 times/week Religious studies 2 times/week Basketball practice 3 times/week Dance practice Saturdays for 3 hours Soccer and basketball games all … [Continue reading...]

Extra School Prep Needed for Special Needs Tween


Parents everywhere are gearing up for back-to-school – going over supply lists, checking their children’s wardrobes and trying to get their kids back on a normal sleeping schedule. I’m dealing with those issues too, but add one more: the pre-school meetings and conferences to educate another round of teachers and staff members about my son and his special needs. After seven years at one school … [Continue reading...]