Experience & Enthusiasm:
Helping Tweens Navigate Life's Challenges

Tween girls are at a unique stage in their lives. They are in be"tween" childhood and adolescence.  They worry about fitting in with their peers and are unsure about their changing bodies.  Tweens often hide or deny these concerns out of embarrassment, which can have long-term effects on a girl’s self image.  They may lose confidence in their abilities and self-worth.  


Tween Guidance provides the acceptance, understanding, and tools that tween girls need to sort through their anxieties; to gain a better understanding of themselves and to manage the everyday pressure of school, friends, peers, family, and society. 


With a clear and assured perspective on their strengths, talents, and abilities, tweens come to appreciate who they are. Their improved self-confidence serves them well as they move on to high school and beyond.

Scenario #1:  Apprehensive about School


My daughter (or tween) is apprehensive about going to school (fear of sitting alone at lunch, anxious about connecting with peers at
recess, insecurities and finding the right words to effectively manage overpowering peers).


  • Assertiveness training

  • Positive peer relationship building

  • Problem solving and decision making skills


Scenario #2:  Easily Rattled

My daughter (or tween) does not take direction or change well (becomes moody and irritable, the entire family is affected.
Even minor changes set her off.



  • Self-care strategies

  • Self-control strategies

  • Adapting and resiliency strategies



Scenario #3:  Perfectionism

My daughter (or tween) is a perfectionist and puts an enormous amount of pressure on herself (usually noticed by parents and not the teachers, is not able to find pleasure in everyday activities, tendency to become angry or upset about making mistakes, refusal to try new things).



  • Confidence building skills

  • Setting and achieving realistic goals 

  • Organization, time management, and setting priorities

  • Gaining and achieving balance and perspective


Scenario #4:  Smartphone Dependency 


My daughter (or tween) is constantly connected or "plugged in" to her electronic devices and social media. She is compelled to respond to everything, anxious when her device is unavailable, and she is experiencing FOMO (fear of missing out).  Her self-worth and value is dependent upon feedback from social media.



  • Navigating the cyber world

  • Self-care strategies

  • Stress management


These are just a few examples of common themes Shari hears from parents.  Solutions are customized for each tween; programs are designed to meet her needs and help her achieve her goals.


Appointments are available in-person, on the telephone, or via video conference. 

Individual Guidance 
Meeting with children to provide support for school-related issues and emotional problems that are
impacting a student’s ability to concentrate and learn.  

Small Group Guidance 
Creating a safe and supportive setting for children to discuss issues with their peers.

Helping children, parents, and educators think through problems and concerns, as well as acquire additional knowledge and skills in order to be more effective.

Coordination & Referral  
Liaison between parents, support personnel, and community resources to help facilitate successful student development when necessary.

Guidance Curriculum  
Developed a comprehensive guidance curriculum that focuses on academic, career, and personal/social development.

Leader of an anti-bullying committee; successfully implemented a school-wide anti-bullying program.


Therapy Dogs  
Implemented a reading program that allows students to build their confidence by reading out loud to therapy dogs utilizing The R.O.C.K. Group (Reading Out loud Creates Knowledge) program.

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