Archive for May 2012

Mother's Day Gifts for Moms of Tweens

A few items that I would included in a Mother’s Day gift baskets for moms of tweens: Neck Brace – You need it for the whiplash that results in tweens quick shifts from childhood to adulthood and back to childhood (often in the course of a day, and possible in the course of one meal).... Read more »

HPV vaccine given as early as age 9

Did you know that 9 year-olds are getting vaccines to protect them from STDs?  I did not. The vaccines Gardasil and Cervarix are intended to stop the spread of human papillomavirus (HPV), which is transmitted sexually and can cause cervical cancer.  HPV infects 20 million people in the United States.  The vaccines are designed to... Read more »

Taylor Swift is better at comforting my kid than I am

I’m no Kanye West, but I’ve never been gaga for Taylor Swift.  She’s fine.  My Tween likes her, but not obsessively, and that’s fine by me. My Tween had a bad day at school and was upset about something hurtful a friend had said.  This is the tip of the iceberg of mean girl behavior,... Read more »

Screen time vs. face time for tweens

A study out of Stanford earlier this year examining tween girls screen habits and their social and emotional lives generated results that the researched described as “upsetting, disturbing, scary.” Researchers asked girls 8-12 years old about their screen time and electronics usage, including emailing, video chatting, texting, talking on the phone and instant messaging, and... Read more »

What's a Tween?

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary simply defines “tween” as “preteen.”  The wireless industry includes ages 6-12 as tweens.  The American Academy of Pediatrics does not define it, but does include age 8-13 as a frequent segment in its studies.  The age group is often characterized as between 9 and 13, or fifth grade through junior high. Tweens are... Read more »