Archive for January 2013

Tips for traveling with tweens

Tips for traveling with tweens
Just as parenting tweens requires different techniques than parenting little ones, so does traveling with tweens. Although it may feel like their hormones or changing attitudes require their own set of luggage, tweens are also more mobile, self-sufficient and interested in the world than little people. Traveling with tweens can create wonderful family memories and... Read more »

Presidential Inauguration facts and easy activities for kids

Presidential Inauguration facts and easy activities for kids
Presidential inaugurations happen only once every four years, and give parents a wonderful chance to talk about our government with our kids. Below are eight questions and answers, one for each year that the people have elected Barack Obama to the presidency. There are activity suggestions following each question. Trivia about the oath of office... Read more »

Pornography is everywhere: Parents must educate their curious tweens

I remember crazy stuff on the bus to junior high, and that my mother finally couldn’t take hearing about the antics and ended up driving my brother and I to school. And with the advent of smart phones, middle school bus antics have gotten worse. Today I’m very pleased to welcome back today’s guest poster,... Read more »
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Lessons kids and parents can learn from the Manti Te'o hoax

Lessons kids and parents can learn from the Manti Te'o hoax
Manti Te’o gained fame this fall for both his amazing tackles on the football field as a linebacker for Notre Dame, and as an individual after it was reported that he was playing through great grief after his grandmother and girlfriend died within hours of each other. Yesterday, a Deadspin.com article broke the story that... Read more »

Volunteer ideas for kids on the National Day of Service

Volunteer ideas for kids on the National Day of Service
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?'” National Day of Service this year is Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013. Here are some ways your tween can volunteer and make a difference. Typically, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a day of service and is... Read more »

Amy Poehler gives awesome advice on how to avoid negativity

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Tweens, particularly those in middle school, can be notoriously negative. They can be hard on their peers; goodness knows they can be very critical of their parents; and most of all, as their bodies change and the social world gets harder to navigate, they can be especially negative about themselves. Thank goodness Amy Poehler has... Read more »
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Why I am not taking my child to see Les Miserables

Why I am not taking my child to see Les Miserables
My daughter’s teacher told her fifth grade students today that they should see the movie Les Miserables. The teacher said it is a good history lesson, but I’m wondering if she was influenced by the movie’s good performance at the Golden Globe Awards last night.  I have seen Les Mis, but I’m not planning to... Read more »

Violent video games are an issue for parents and Vice President Biden

Violent video games are an issue for parents and Vice President Biden
Violent video games garnered attention after the massacre in Newtown, CT, raised concern that violent imagery in video games has contributed to a culture of violence. Vice President Joe Biden met with Biden asked the executives of manufacturers of violent video games. He asked executives of companies that make games such as Call of Duty, Mortal... Read more »

How parents should handle their tween's body odor

How parents should handle their tween's body odor
What’s that smell? Oh, that’s my kid’s body odor? Yuck. Guess his body changing with puberty and it’s time to have a discussion about hygiene and using deodorant. That was the gist of a scene in this week’s Parenthood (one of my favorite TV shows). It echoed a recent conversation I had with a friend... Read more »
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Girls fight for right to play football

The NFL play offs are in full swing, and as the pro teams battle to get to the Super Bowl, tween girls waging their own fight to get on the gridiron. Nine year-old Sam Gordon is featured on the Wheaties box and appeared on Sports Center yesterday. Girls are rejecting the notion that tackle football... Read more »