Archive for August 2012

My tween understands basic reproductive facts better than Rep. Akin

I started “the talk” with my tween this weekend. In my mind, it’s actually a series of talks, but as part of our recent discussion of puberty and how her body will change, I reviewed the fact that the female body releases an egg from an ovary once a month and her body prepares to... Read more »

Flying solo? Some tweens are not ready for take off

Flying solo? Some tweens are not ready for take off
Would you let your tween travel by air between California and Michigan without an adult? One family in northern California decided they were comfortable doing just that.  A 10 year-old girl flying by herself from California to summer camp in Michigan was stranded at O’Hare after her missing her connecting flight.  The girl, Phoebe Klebahn,... Read more »

Five wishes for my new fifth grader

My tween starts fifth grade tomorrow.  I am amazed by how much she has grown up in the past year.  Last year, she started fourth grade at a new school and was very much your shy, nervous new kid.  Since then, she has grown, both 3 inches in height and also in confidence and abilities.... Read more »
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Tweens can live out dreams of fashion designing

Tweens can live out dreams of fashion designing
Do you have a tween girl who loves clothes? or would like to be a fashion designer, at least for a day? Looking for a fun alternative to the mall for back to school clothes shopping? I answer “yes” to all of those.  And I don’t think I’m alone, based on the popularity of FashionPlaytes.com,... Read more »

Smokeless tobacco usage increases in tweens

Most kids hear over and over that they should just say no to drugs and that they should avoid cigarettes, but smokeless tobacco doesn’t often make the list of substances we tell our kids to avoid.  Perhaps that is why companies are marketing smokeless tobacco products directly to tweens, and why tween usage of smokeless... Read more »

Summer's almost over in this house

The school bus just drove by, apparently making a test run.  The academic year in our school district officially begins a week from tomorrow. Usually, I’m excited for the start of school, but this year I’m clinging to our last summer days a bit more tightly. I’m ready for a return to routine and for... Read more »
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"Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days" Family Review

"Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days" Family Review
“It was good, but the books are better than the movie.” And so my tween learns a lesson that rings true more often than not, and I hate to tell that this is true of not only tween books/movies, but all books/movies. Our family of three went on opening day to see “Diary of a... Read more »

Back to school shopping tips to save your money and your sanity

Back to school shopping tips to save your money and your sanity
According to a National Retail Federation report released in June, the average American family with children in kindergarten through 12th grade will spend an estimated $688.62 for back-to-school shopping, up from $603.63 last year. That’s a lot of dough.  If you’re looking to save a little, a sales tax holiday can help. Here in Illinois,... Read more »

Size 11 does not exist in kids clothing

Paging size 11 in girls clothing.  Size 11, where are you? If only I knew the answer. My tween is turning 10, and she’s of average size, perhaps a little taller than average. With school starting soon, we’ve started restocking the wardrobe for the coming academic year.  I realize it’s very much a first world... Read more »
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