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Tweens, Teens & Middle School

Get Your Teen to Listen to You

As a parent, it can feel frustrating when you realize your teen isn’t listening, especially since experts agree it is important to have a strong relationship with your teenager. Here's how to turn that around.

Preparing Kids for Success

In her most recent book, Madeline Levine outlines how parents’ concerns about their children’s future in a rapidly changing economy and society – and the resulting emphasis on grades, colleges and protecting or rescuing children from failure – is actually hurting kids’ chances of future success.

Running Away From Home

A staggering one in seven kids between the ages of 10 and 18 will run away, Here's how to prevent it and what to do if your child does flee.

Homeschooling Lessons From a Traveling Family

Eight months before the COVID-19 outbreak, this Mountain View family traveled to 41 countries over 54 weeks while homeschooling the kids. What they learned can help you!

Are Pandemic Pods the School Solution?

Known as pandemic pods, micro schools, learning bubbles and other names, do-it-yourself small groups of learners have rapidly taken off as most Bay Area schools are returning to class online. But the pods have also come under fire. Here's why.

How to Support Your Child This School Year

Our Dear Teacher columnists offer advice on how to make the most of online learning.

Models for California School Re-Opening

In "Stronger Together: A Guidebook for the Safe Reopening of California’s Public Schools," the California Department of Education provides some suggestions for on-site school schedules with social distancing and safety in mind.

Teens Connect English Learners With Teachers

When the shutdown struck, some East Bay teens found a unique way to help children and adults learn English

May I Take Your Order, Please?

If your family is avoiding restaurants this summer, why not bring the experience to your own home? Teaching kids food preparation, how to cook and how to run a business offers them numerous benefits.

Helping Teens Cope as Coronavirus Precautions Continue

Parents and teens need to adjust to a "new normal." Talking about it is key.

OK, Teens: What’s Your (Coronavirus) Plan?

Has sheltering in place got you arguing with your teens? Here's expert advice to keep some peace in the family during the coronavirus quarantine.

Tips for a Great College Application Essay

Tell the truth, be yourself and other suggestions for writing a successful college application essay.
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