Archive for September 2012

Archie Architecture loves Chicago's buildings and people

Archie Architecture loves Chicago's buildings and people
Archie Architecture is a young fictional character who loves the city of Chicago, its architecture and its people. Archie Architecture asks, “Do I love Chicago so much because of its architecture? Or do I love architecture so much because I live in Chicago?” Archie has a Facebook page and a website on which Archie keeps... Read more »

Talking to tweens about 9/11

Talking to tweens about 9/11
This morning was sunny, crisp and beautiful, and it felt very much like the morning of September 11, 2001. My tween and I were late for school, but on our way out the door, I stopped to put out our American flag.  My tween was surprised, because being on time is really important to me. ... Read more »

Finding a sport for my tween daughter was all about the clothes

Finding a sport for my tween daughter was all about the clothes
For my tween, it is all about the clothes. She’s always loved skirts and dresses. That’s just who she’s been since she could speak enough to voice her opinion. Since kindergarten, I have tried and failed to find a sport that my skirt-clad girl liked.  Bitty basketball was a bust when she decided she’d rather... Read more »
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Springsteen: "I think I'm starting to steal Justin Bieber's audience"

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Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s tour de force performance last night at Wrigley Field was, simply put, awesome.  The three and a half hour concert included many memorable moments and special guests Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam and Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine. It also included a stellar performance by a... Read more »

Quotes about parents from the Democratic National Convention

When I compiled quotes made by officials during the Republican National Convention about their parents, I promised to do so for the Democratic National Convention as well.  Unlike politicians from both parties, I keep my campaign promises.  Here you go! 1. “[M]y mother fought hard for civil rights so that instead of a mop, I... Read more »

7 great tween reads for National Read a Book Day

7 great tween reads for National Read a Book Day
Today, September 6, is National Read a Book Day. Hooray!  I love reading for so many reasons, and although my tween did not inherit my appetite for the written word, she’s (very) slowly coming around and becoming a reader herself. A good site for finding tween books is Read, Kiddo, Read by author James Patterson,... Read more »
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Author Judy Blume shares cancer diagnosis with wit and honesty

Author Judy Blume shares cancer diagnosis with wit and honesty
Much of our family reading time this summer was spent with Judy Blume books.  It was a treat to revisit the adventures of the Hatchers in “Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing,” “Fudge” and “Superfudge.”  It was also a treat to revisit Blume’s work, to remember parts of the books I had forgotten, and to... Read more »

Organizing The ADD Tween; What You Must Know

I’m thrilled to welcome today’s guest poster, Erin Kelly of Organizing with Erin, a great ChicagoNow blog. Erin is a professional organizer whose organizing business has been helping people get organized for 8 years, and one of her specialties is ADD.  You can find her on Facebook at Arranged by Erin Professional Organizing. I’m so... Read more »

Back to School Book Review: Middle School Survival Guides

Back to School Book Review: Middle School Survival Guides
With a whole new class of tweens venturing into the scary territory of middle school or junior high for the first time, Discovery Girls released four books as Middle School Survival Guides. They provide advice, tips and strategies for navigating the social minefield that can be middle school. Tweens often feel that they are the... Read more »
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When is a tween old enough and ready to babysit?

I was taken aback when a neighbor asked if my 10 year-old is babysitting. We just got to the point where we think she doesn’t need a babysitter under certain circumstances. Staying home alone is one thing, babysitting is something entirely different. Like most questions regarding tweens, or kids in general, the answer of when... Read more »