Archive for May 2013

Mother's Day gifts: A way to remind tweens that recognition of others matters

Events like Mother’s Day can serve as a perhaps sad reminder that our kids are growing up and that they are now too old to bring home sweet crafts with thumbprints or glittery macaroni. The good news, though, is that they are old enough to understand the importance of saying thank you, and days like... Read more »

Listen To Your Mother wrap up - just in time for Mother's Day

Listen To Your Mother wrap up - just in time for Mother's Day
Earlier that Listen to Your Mother Eve felt like Christmas Eve. Now that the Chicago show has come and gone, however, I think I had the wrong holiday. Thanksgiving would have been more accurate, because Listen to Your Mother has both reminded me of the many blessings I already had and brought new people and... Read more »

10 favorite tween posts of the past year

A year ago, this blog started with the inaugural post <a href="http://www.chicagonow.com/tween-us/2012/05/whats-a-tween/">What's a Tween?</a> Many people still aren't familiar with the term, but if you have one, you know. Oh, do you know. This may not be my favorite, but where would Tween Us be without the term "tween"?
Happy blogiversary! One year ago today the first Tween Us post appeared here. Since then, the topics have been varied, the conversation has been fascinating and the tween parenting community has been wonderful. We’re celebrating our blogiversary with a look back at the more than 250 posts which, much like reflecting my own tween years,... Read more »
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5 ways blogging is similar to parenting

5 ways blogging is similar to parenting
My blog turns a year old tomorrow and I feel a bit like a proud parent, with the same healthy dose of “we made it!” relief that I felt on my daughter’s first birthday. I’m a mom. I’m a blogger. And then it hit me that those two endeavors are really not so different.  Here... Read more »

Jenny McCarthy talk about son's friends' boners not part of normal childhood

Jenny McCarthy talk about son's friends' boners not part of normal childhood
Jenny McCarthy says she moved her tween son back to the Chicago suburbs to give him a normal childhood. And then she went and discussed with the media that her son’s friends ogle her. Speaking about her son’s buddies and their opinions of her anatomy, she said, “There’s gonna be tween boners everywhere this summer.”... Read more »

Melanoma Black Monday: Raising awareness about preventing skin cancer

Melanoma Black Monday: Raising awareness about preventing skin cancer
May is “Skin Cancer Awareness Month” and today, May 6th, is set aside for specifically Melanoma Awareness Day. Melanoma Black Monday is aimed at raising awareness about the most common form of cancer for young adults 25-29 years old and the second most common cancer in adolescents and young adults 15-29 years old. People are... Read more »
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Oklahoma! by Lyric Opera of Chicago led to interesting talks with my tween

Oklahoma! by Lyric Opera of Chicago led to interesting talks with my tween
The Lyric Opera of Chicago presents Oklahoma! now through May 19th. We were able to go on a preview night and we thoroughly enjoyed it. The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical about cowboys and farmers in Oklahoma in 1906, a year before it became a state, has been a classic since its 1943 debut. Seventy years... Read more »

Listen to Your Mother Chicago show is tomorrow

Listen to Your Mother Chicago show is tomorrow
I woke up early this morning, excited and anxious. It’s Listen to Your Mother Eve. The Chicago production of the show that is giving Mother’s Day a microphone will be held in Chicago tomorrow afternoon. It’ll be in 4 other cities this week, too, and in 24 cities around the country, so find one near... Read more »

Allergies increasing among American kids

Allergies increasing among American kids
Sniff!  Loooonger sniff! My tween continued her annoying fight against allergies while sitting in the doctor’s office waiting room yesterday afternoon. While sitting there, I quickly scanned the news headlines on my smartphone. The third headline read, “Allergies on the rise in US kids, government study finds.” Yup. I could attest that the study was... Read more »
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Websites that help with selecting great books for tweens

Websites that help with selecting great books for tweens
I love a great book.  What I love even more is seeing my tween get really into a good book. Tweens can be voracious readers, but they also have very discerning literary taste. Book selection at this age is both hugely important, and not easy, but there is help out there.  The websites below are... Read more »