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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Children's Emotional Health

Inside Out, a new animated film, recently opened in theaters. It has been well-reviewed and is sure to be a blockbuster this summer for both parents and kids. NPR aired a piece that called it, "an animated fantasy that remains remarkably true to what scientists have learned about the mind, emotion and memory." It's more than your average cartoon.

The age of the film's main character is 11 and that age is sometimes referred to the "tween" years. Parents concern themselves with feeding their tweens well, keeping them well-exercised and physically healthy, but sometimes, understanding emotional health goes beyond a parent's expertise. If you're one of those parents, you'll probably find Inside Out enlightening.

If you still have more questions about tweens, look for How to Hug a Porcupine: Negotiating the Prickly Points of the Tween Years by Julie A. Ross [FT 649.124 ROS].

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