Archive for July 2013

The latest tween news from around the web

The latest tween news from around the web
Here’s a look at what others around the web are saying about tweens and parenting them. See what others are saying and experiencing with their kids, with everything from plucking and tweezing to summer camp drop off and all in between. Advice from a middle school counselor The Modesto Bee featured an award-winning middle school... Read more »

One Direction concert tickets are ridiculously expensive

One Direction concert tickets are ridiculously expensive
Driving from Michigan to Chicago this afternoon, we passed an SUV decorated with shoe polish writing declaring that the passengers were headed to the One Direction concert in Chicago, and that they were “Directioners for life!” My daughter waved at them and I felt a pang of guilt. While not completely insane about it, my... Read more »

Favorite Chicago places to visit: My tween's take on the best of the Windy City in the summer

Favorite Chicago places to visit: My tween's take on the best of the Windy City in the summer
ChicagoNow bloggers are banding together today to give our readers the best of Chicago in the Summer. We will be sharing our favorite places, events, and summer activities all around Chicagoland. Get ready to experience the most comprehensive list of summer hot spots brought to you by true Chicagoans. I wanted to do a tween... Read more »
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6 lessons my tween learned when donating hair to charity

6 lessons my tween learned when donating hair to charity
Teaching tweens to give back is a goal of many parents, and many tweens choose to truly give of themselves by growing and donating their hair for wigs for cancer patients or others who suffer from hair loss. I was so proud of my daughter when she decided to cut and donate her hair. She... Read more »

Bad song lyrics: suggestions for addressing the music your kids are listening to

Bad song lyrics: suggestions for addressing the music your kids are listening to
My tween has been busy this summer, and that’s meant a fair amount of time in the car for the two of us. We usually have the radio on and holy cow, the lyrics of this summer’s top songs are rather jaw dropping. Daft Punk and Pharrell William’s “Get Lucky” uses the phrase “stayed up... Read more »

Firework safety tips to keep the holiday safe and fun

All-American celebrations of our nation’s independence often wouldn’t seem complete without our own version of bombs bursting in air and rockets’ red glare. Tweens and teens are known for feeling invincible, but something about the 4th of July makes everyone feel like an untouchable superhero when it comes to igniting fireworks but safety must be... Read more »
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Shared custody of kids over summer holidays isn't easy

Shared custody of kids over summer holidays isn't easy
It’s common knowledge that when you are divorced and you share custody of your child(ren) that the holidays will be hard. But when you think “holidays,” usually that conjures up images of winter months, turkey dinners and brightly wrapped gifts. It’s not hard to imagine sadness around winter holidays when a family member isn’t present.... Read more »

9 things you didn't know about "America the Beautiful"

Katharine Lee Bates wrote America the Beautiful first as a poem which was <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/2020/story?id=124012&amp;page=1#.UdIL_-tQ3xA" target="_blank">originally published</a> in the Fouth of July edition of the church periodical <i>The Congregationalist</i> in 1895.<strong> Bates was only 33 years old</strong> at the time when she traveled to the top of Pike's Peak, pictured here, which inspired her to write it.
America the Beautiful is my favorite song about our great nation. On a recent vacation to Colorado, we learned that Katharine Lee Bates wrote the lyrics to the song after traveling to the top of Pike’s Peak. When we were on the Cog Railway to make our descent down the mountain, riders spontaneously started singing... Read more »

4th of July facts and trivia for Americans of all ages

4th of July facts and trivia for Americans of all ages
The 4th of July is a holiday based upon our nation’s history and fight for freedom, but how much do you really know about Independence Day?  Test your knowledge with these fascinating 4th of July facts. Use this trivia to play a fun game at your cookout or have family member face off as a... Read more »
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