Archive for August 2013

Growth in adolescence: why the terrible tweens are like the terrible twos

Growth in adolescence: why the terrible tweens are like the terrible twos
Adolescence is the time of biggest growth for a human besides infancy. That simple fact can make life as a tween tough. The fact that a tween’s body is on developmental overdrive led author Linda Perlstein to say that she believes in the existence of the terrible 12’s, which are akin to the terrible 2s.... Read more »

Tweak your tween's safety skills before school starts

Tweak your tween's safety skills before school starts
Please welcome today’s guest poster Kim Estes. Kim is a child safety expert with 15 years of experience educating parents who works tirelessly to help us keep our kids safe and found of Savvy Parents, Safe Kids with her tips for tween parents about working with kids to make sure that their safety skills are... Read more »

Girls short shorts? Not my tween daughter

Girls short shorts? Not my tween daughter
Who wears short shorts? While the Royal Teens sang that question in the 1956 song of the same name, it’s a question many parents are asking today as hem lines, particularly on shorts, creep up higher than parental minds could ever imagine. From what I can tell from friends and the blogosphere that is buzzing... Read more »
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Resolutions for the new school year: 5 ways to make them work for your tween

Resolutions for the new school year: 5 ways to make them work for your tween
The start of the academic year is an exciting time and, to me, it feels like an even better time to get a fresh start than the start of a new calendar year. While that might make me a bit odd, I’m not alone. Author Gretchen Rubin has said that she sees the start of... Read more »

Healthy, easy after school snacks to fuel your tween

<strong>Popcorn</strong><p></p>

I know it seems simple, but popcorn is a whole grain healthy snack. Popcorn provides about 4 grams of dietary fiber for every 4 cups of popped corn. You can read more about the health benefits of popcorn <a href="http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/healthy-benefits-popcorn-4376.html" target="_blank">here</a>.<p></p>Skip the microwave version and pop it yourself. You can even pop a large amount on the weekend and bag into individual servings for the week. We like using our olive oil mister for a superlight coating with a dash of salt, but experiment with seasonings - Parmesan, cinnamon, chili lime, or an Italian combo with basil, parsley, garlic salt. Check out more seasoning suggestions at <a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/popcorn-seasoning-mixes-112365" target="_blank">Food.com</a>.
Tween Us has received requests for ideas for healthy after school snacks, and we are happy to oblige during our back to school series. The bad news is that I went to law school, not culinary school. The good news is that there are all kinds of culinary school grads out there offering up ideas... Read more »

3 ways to shorten your back to school to do list

3 ways to shorten your back to school to do list
The days before sending your kids back to school are busy. Not only are you preparing for the upcoming academic year, but you’re also trying to squeeze the last bit of fun out of summer. Enjoying the last lazy, hazy days of summer are easier when there are fewer items on back to school list.... Read more »
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8 tips for junior high success from a retired teacher

8 tips for junior high success from a retired teacher
Parents of tweens often wonder what they can do to help their kids be successful middle school or junior high students. To provide insight, I’ve called in a pro, today’s guest blogger, Kathy Mathews. After 35 years of teaching Spanish and French at the junior high and high school levels, she has decades of insight... Read more »

Back to school tips: Preparing for middle school or junior high

Back to school tips: Preparing for middle school or junior high
The transition into junior high or middle school is a big event for tweens. It is a time when kids may think they don’t need their parents, but they really, really do. School may not start for a few more weeks, but these back to school tips can help parents and kids prepare for middle... Read more »

Songs of the Summer: Are those from the 1980's as explicit as today's?

<strong>1985  "Shout" by Tears for Fears</strong>

Nothing sexual here. If you asked as me as a tween what this song was about, I probably couldn't have come close to telling you, but I do believe that the chorus may be what has turned me into a world-class venter today:
Shout
Shout
Let it all out
These are things I can do without.
Billboard recently released the top 10 songs of the summer for each year from the present going back to 1985. No, I have no idea why they stopped at 1985, unless they just wanted to make me feel old, in which, way to go, Billboard! Mission accomplished! Fortunately, 1985 was the start of my tween... Read more »
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Tween bedroom makeovers can be stylish and fun

Tween bedroom makeovers can be stylish and fun
Tweens like to spend a lot of time in their bedroom, likely more than they ever have before they were tweens. Little kid rooms may have been cutely decorated with dinosaurs and princesses, but tweens are seek a different kind of style aesthetic in their own space. The internet has lots of fun ideas and... Read more »