Archive for April 2013

Hit the books for National Library Week

Break out the books – it’s National Library Week! When’s the last time you and your tween went to the library together? My tween and I used to go to the library all the time when she was little for story time and activities, but when she outgrew those, our library time changed. I am... Read more »

Thumbs up: 11 great kids movies that Roger Ebert liked

Ebert said: "'Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory' is probably the best film of its sort since 'The Wizard of Oz.' It is everything that family movies usually claim to be, but aren't: Delightful, funny, scary, exciting, and, most of all, a genuine work of imagination. 'Willy Wonka' is such a surely and wonderfully spun fantasy that it works on all kinds of minds, and it is fascinating because, like all classic fantasy, it is fascinated with itself."
Roger Ebert, the incredible Chicago-based film critic who passed away earlier this month at the age of 70, reviewed a lot of movies intended for children. He sat through a lot of bad ones, and of the ones he did like, he offered unique insight into both cinema and childhood. His reviews of family films... Read more »

Disgraced ex-Rutgers coach Mike Rice is coaching tween girls AAU team

Disgraced ex-Rutgers coach Mike Rice is coaching tween girls AAU team
Mike Rice, the former Rutgers basketball coach who was fired after video showed him abusing players has not left the game of basketball. Despite the moral outrage after video surfaced showing him push players, fire balls at their heads and yell gay slurs at them, he is coaching tween girls. Rice coached his 12 year-old... Read more »
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Following my tween's lead when reacting to the tragedy in Boston

Following my tween's lead when reacting to the tragedy in Boston
My thoughts and prayers go out to those impacted by the bombings at the Boston Marathon today. My heart aches for those who have lost family members and who have suffered horrific injuries and those who did not know if their loved ones were safe or not. I was upset by the news, which came... Read more »

Memo to Justin Bieber: Anne Frank would most likely not have been a belieber

Memo to Justin Bieber: Anne Frank would most likely not have been a belieber
Justin Bieber spent an hour visiting the home of Anne Frank before his concert in Arnhem near Amsterdam, Netherlands. That’s all well and good. But then the tween heartthrob left a message in the guest book which the Anne Frank House posted on its Facebook page. The post read: “Yesterday night Justin Bieber visited the... Read more »

Facebook is not for the faint of heart, or my 10 year-old

Facebook is not for the faint of heart, or my 10 year-old
I posted a picture of my child on Facebook and her reaction to the comments showed me that she is nowhere near ready for her own social media accounts. My sensitive tween has a bit of maturing to do before she puts her life out there on social networking sites for the world to see... Read more »
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Is the idea of the well-rounded child dead?

Is the idea of the well-rounded child dead?
When I was a kid, I remember hearing often that it was very important to be well-rounded. Merriam-Webster dictionary defines well-rounded as “having a broad educational background” and in the 1980s, that meant that I participated in a variety of disciplines across a multitude of backgrounds, including athletics, arts and academics. Today, though, the phrase... Read more »

New study finds tweens rarely have sex; parents breathe sighs of relief

New study finds tweens rarely have sex; parents breathe sighs of relief
Sometimes I feel like the bearer of bad news, sharing information about things parents need to know, but would really rather not think about. Today, though, here’s some good news: a new study shows that only a miniscule number of tweens are having sex. I know, you’d rather not think about tweens and sex at... Read more »

Wellcast video on puberty gives tweens tips to make it easier

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There’s a lot of information on puberty, and we’ve touched on the talks at school and books, but if we’re honest, tweens turn to the internet for a lot of their information.  That’s exactly why Wellcast has taken on the topic in the 5 minute video on puberty and its emotional consequences above. I really... Read more »
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Perspective on single parenthood

Perspective on single parenthood
Some of you may know that I spent many years as a single parent. Life as a single parent is an adventure, to put it mildly. It feels an awful lot like walking on a tightrope, with no net, or at least how I imagine that would feel because goodness knows I’m not about to... Read more »