Archive for February 2013

More ways parenting a tween is similar to parenting a toddler

More ways parenting a tween is similar to parenting a toddler
Last month, I wrote about ways parenting a tween is similar to parenting a toddler. I only scratched the surface of the commonalities these two groups share. Readers chimed in with their own suggestions of ways 2 year-olds and 12 year-olds are more alike than they are different. Here’s the first post: “Ways parenting a... Read more »

Posting photos online: the one time my tween can tell me no and make me proud

Posting photos online: the one time my tween can tell me no and make me proud
As a mom, I make the rules and I expect my child to respect those rules. Recently, though, my daughter turned the tables, and I was fine with her setting the rules, and I was surprisingly just fine with it. She declared that she didn’t want any photos taken of her on the internet, and... Read more »

Presidents Day activities, trivia and history for kids

Originally created to honor George Washington, Presidents Day is now seen as a day to celebrate all U.S. presidents. Still officially called “Washington’s Birthday” by the federal government, it became "popularly known as Presidents’ Day after it was moved as part of 1971’s Uniform Monday Holiday Act, an attempt to create more three-day weekends for the nation’s workers," according to <a href="http://www.history.com/topics/presidents-day">History.com</a>.
Happy Presidents Day! Take advantage of a chance to celebrate our A little history: The holiday, which is observed in the United States on the third Monday of February, was first established in 1885. This year, Presidents Day falls on Monday, February 18, 2013. Click through below for the history of Presidents’ Day, activities and... Read more »
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Listen to your mother, no matter how old you are

Listen to your mother, no matter how old you are
Parenting a tween means repeating yourself, often. It also means having a large amount of patience and excellent cheerleading skills. It seems that being my mother means you need that at all ages, not just the tween years. I’m lucky and grateful for all that my mom continues to do for me and, this week... Read more »

Online predators can be anywhere: man charged with soliciting 12 year-old for sex in my town

Online predators can be anywhere: man charged with soliciting 12 year-old for sex in my town
The headline in my local paper proclaimed that a 35 year-old man was arrested for meeting a local 12 year-old at the movie theater with the intent of having sex with her. The man and the tween had met, talked and planned the meeting online. After the girl’s mother found messages from the accused on... Read more »

Unique ways to tell your kids and teens you love them on Valentine's Day

Unique ways to tell your kids and teens you love them on Valentine's Day
My tween surprised me a few nights ago when she dug through her bookshelf to find Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch, a picture book by Eileen Spinelli intended for kids age 4-7 that is set around St. Valentine’s Day. My tween proceeded to read it to me at bedtime. That was a special treat: I... Read more »
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Favorite tween couple: Kevin and Winnie from The Wonder Years

Favorite tween couple: Kevin and Winnie from The Wonder Years
On the eve of Valentine’s Day, I’ve been thinking of great tween couples, and I keep coming back to the television show The Wonder Years. It did a fantastic job of capturing the range and intensity of tween emotions. Although the pilot was set in 1968 and the show debuted in 1988, the romance between... Read more »

St. Valentine's Day, tweens and parents: Navigating uncharted romantic territory

St. Valentine's Day, tweens and parents: Navigating uncharted romantic territory
As Valentine’s Day nears, parents struggle with how they will let their tween observe the holiday when it comes to romantic relationships. This is uncharted territory for tweens and parents. Is your tween asking to date? Thinking of giving flowers? Wanting to profess his/her undying love for a fellow classmate?Doing everything possible to avoid every... Read more »

Pope Benedict, Kate Upton and my tween

Pope Benedict, Kate Upton and my tween
I had the television on this morning. Parenting mistake, or at least, a mistake to do so before I was fully functioning on a Monday morning and ready to field questions about both Pope Benedict and Kate Upton and the role of women in today’s society. A morning news show was the television, and the... Read more »
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Museum of Science and Industry Chicago: A learning experience for me and my tween

Museum of Science and Industry Chicago: A learning experience for me and my tween
We recently took a family trip to Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry. The MSI offers thousands of fun and interactive exhibits and experiences to inspire the inventive genius in everyone. While I was fully prepared to get my science on and have a good time, I was surprised at the parenting lessons and reminders... Read more »