Archive for October 2012

"Teach Resilience" helps ensure kids will be ready to launch into the real world

"Teach Resilience" helps ensure kids will be ready to launch into the real world
I’ve wanted a parenting handbook for quite a while now.  Not a parenting book that espouses a dense philosophy that takes me hours to get through, but an actual handbook that concisely tells me what to do with my tween. If it gives me hope that I have not either ruined my child already and... Read more »

Pepsi's new ad campaign taps into tween market with One Direction

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Pepsi’s latest television ad serves as a reminder that advertisers very much value the tween and teen market. In an ad that targets both tweens and teens and NFL fans, Drew Brees, the 33 year-old quarterback for the New Orleans Saints, competes with boy band One Direction for a can of Pepsi. They debate whether... Read more »

Realizing one of my tween dreams: Space Shuttle Discovery

Realizing one of my tween dreams: Space Shuttle Discovery
When I was a tween, I badly wanted to be an astronaut. I wasn’t unique. A large majority of tweens in the 1980s had dreams of orbiting our planet as a member of NASA. Today’s thirtysomethings were tweens when the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster occurred, and it’s a very vivid memory for many. Attendance at... Read more »
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10-11-12 is United Nations International Day of the Girl

10-11-12 is United Nations International Day of the Girl
10-11-12. Not only is it a fun, sequential date, it is the United Nations International Day of the Girl. “To help galvanize worldwide enthusiasm for goals to better girls’ lives, providing an opportunity for them to show leadership and reach their full potential.” – The mission of Day of the Girl found in the United... Read more »

Jessica Ridgeway's disappearance will impact how my tween gets to elementary school

Jessica Ridgeway's disappearance will impact how my tween gets to elementary school
Sad update: On Fri., Oct. 12, authorities identified the body found in the park as Jessica Ridgeway’s body. Jessica Ridgeway disappeared on the way to school last Friday. She never appeared at the neighborhood park where she was  to meet friends for the one-mile walk to her elementary school. When I read that a body... Read more »

Easy pumpkin cake recipe your tween can make and the whole family will love

Easy pumpkin cake recipe your tween can make and the whole family will love
Some tweens are pros in the kitchen, and others, well, not so much. Regardless of whether your tween is destined for the Cordon Bleu, he or she can whip up this 2 ingredient, supereasy recipe for pumpkin cake so that the entire family can enjoy the amazing tastes of fall. Or, if you’re feeling benevolent,... Read more »
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Three signs that my girl is becoming a full fledged tween

My daughter was just dipping her toes in the tween waters when I started this blog a few months ago. Like any transition, the slide into the tween years is not an automatic one. There are times she seems very much still a little girl, and other times when it feels like those days are... Read more »

Karen Putz shares what she's learned as the mom of deaf and hard of hearing children in "The Parenting Journey"

Karen Putz shares what she's learned as the mom of deaf and hard of hearing children in "The Parenting Journey"
Karen Putz’s recently released book The Parenting Journey, Raising Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children chronicles her parenting journey and shares the wisdom she’s gained as the parent of three. She grew up hard of hearing and became deaf as a teen. When her own kids began losing their hearing one by one, she quickly... Read more »

Outdoor Education: Is Paint Ball a Survival Skill?

Outdoor Education: Is Paint Ball a Survival Skill?
Outdoor Education (also known as Outdoor Ed or ODE) is a milestone for tweens. It provides primarily for fifth and/or sixth graders a chance to make the “wilderness” their classroom for a few days. Run through the school districts as a part of the fifth grade curriculum in Illinois, Outdoor Ed means that tweens put... Read more »
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'Hotel Translyvania': A Tween Review

'Hotel Translyvania': A Tween Review
My tween saw the movie ‘Hotel Translyvania’ this weekend and rated it an 8 out of 10.  She saw it with a group of 7 friends on a birthday outing. While I didn’t get to see the movie with them, they happily provided their own ratings and the average was a 8.5 out of 10.... Read more »