Archive for August 2012

Tweens in IL, ME charged in deaths of infants

Two tweens in different parts of the country have been charged with ending the life of an infant in their home this week. In southern Illinois, a 9 year-old was charged with first-degree murder.  Reportedly, the tween beat a 14 month-old baby in the home to death. Details are still emerging and authorities were not... Read more »

Four quotes about parents from the Republican National Convention

I saw four speeches at the Republican National Convention last night given by former Gov. Mike Huckabee, Gov. Susana Martinez, former Secretary of State Condoleezzee Rice and Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan.  All paid homage to their parents. The speakers didn’t whine about being forced to finish their homework. They did not take advantage of... Read more »

Are you trying to influence your tween's politics?

Are you trying to influence your tween's politics?
Are you and your tween watching and talking about the political conventions? Planning to tune in to Mitt Romney’s speech in Tampa? Counting down the days until Obama’s speech in Charlotte? We are in this house.  Actually, we are DVRing because school night bedtime makes staying up for speeches a bit tough, but we’re talking... Read more »
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Disney Channel rules tween screens

Disney Channel rules tween screens
“Jessie.” “Good Luck, Charlie.” “Phineas and Ferb.” Sound familiar?  They probably do if your tween watches the Disney Channel. It appears that lots of tweens watched the Disney Channel over summer break, as Disney Channel announced in a press release that it was the most-watched cable TV network for the first time in the network’s... Read more »

"Designer Dad" Stephen Saint-Onge advises on creating tween-friendly spaces

"Designer Dad" Stephen Saint-Onge advises on creating tween-friendly spaces
Stephen Saint-Onge is a known as “Designer Dad” who combines his experience as a father of 2 kids, ages 13 and 5, with his interior design expertise to create amazing, family-friendly spaces. He believes that “good design has the power to change lives.” You might remember him from his time on HGTV. Stephen is the new... Read more »

Would you have your tween arrested?

Would you have your tween arrested?
In Longmont, Colorado, a 12 year-old girl punched her mom. Mom’s response? Have the girl arrested in order to “send her a message,” according to news reports out of Denver. We know that back to school can be rough, but it was apparently especially so for this family, as the trouble started when the mom... Read more »
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3 products that prove anything can be marketed to tween athletes

3 products that prove anything can be marketed to tween athletes
Companies know that tweens loves their sports, and their star athletes. With tweens influencing $150 billion of their parents’ spending, it’s not surprising that marketers are selling just about anything to tween athletes. Tweens and their parents will apparently buy just about anything in the hopes of being victorious. These relatively new, tween-specific products show... Read more »

Study finds happy tweens not as susceptible to TV ads

A  study released this week by the Center for Research on Children, Adolescents and the Media at the University of Amsterdam examined the television ads on tweens. The good news: “Children becoming more materialistic is often presented as a really big problem, but this study shows the problem might not be as big as it... Read more »

ProActive Kids program helps tweens and their families fight obesity

ProActive Kids program helps tweens and their families fight obesity
Tween obesity is at an unprecedented level with the number of overweight adolescents tripling since 1980. The  ProActive Kids  program works with tween and their families to fight obesity and help tweens become healthier. A free program open to kids ages 8-14 who have a BMI in the 85th percentile and above, ProActive Kids has helped over... Read more »
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Mom and tween launch Willa skin care line

Mom and tween launch Willa skin care line
I love when parents see a need for products for their tweens and then go out and, with their tween, create their own company to fill that need, even if it makes me feel like a nonentrepreneurial slacker. I get over those feelings, though, when their enterprising spirit benefits me and my tween. When Christy... Read more »