Sports: Tween

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Bed Time for 10 Year Old

I am the mother of 3 healthy, active children. Recently, my husband and I have been in disagreement about what time my oldest (10 years old) should be allowed to stay up at night. I feel 8:45 for the 10 yr old is good since he must be up at 6:45am to get the bus at 7:30 am for school. I am the one who gets the kids ready for bed, reads to them, makes sure teeth are brushed, etc and my husband travels for work often so he is not home. When he is home he is usually watching TV, especially sports in the evening. But, my husband thinks the...

Martial Arts & Karate

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Martial Arts---what Are the Differences?

I want to get my 4 year old son involved in some sort of martial arts, but I don't know the difference between all of the different ones. I want him to develop self-discipline and get out all of his physical aggession in an appropriate manner (I think they all do that), but want to know what each of the different disciplines (ie: karate, tae kwon do, etc.) focus on and what their general techniques are. Have you had better experiences with any certain one? I know the basic info is online, but I also want some real world mom feedback! Also,...

Swim Teams

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Summer for a 12 and 10 Year Old - Leave Them Home Alone?

So my friend has 2 kids - a 12 year old girl and a 10 year old boy. As a family, they take two weeks off during the summer. For the other 6 plus weeks, she plans to leave them home alone while she and her husbad work 9-5 Monday - Friday. There are camps they can send them to that are not expensive (money is not an issue). They will likely go to a one week camp (for sports) for a week or two but that's it. Would you leave you 12 and 10 year old at home for 4+ weeks over the summer? I think they are insane. I think it's insane...