Archive for September 2013

September 11 is National Day of Remembrance and Service: ideas for involving kids

September 11 is National Day of Remembrance and Service: ideas for involving kids
Last year, we covered how to talk to your kids about the events of September 11th. But there’s also the issue of what children, tweens and teens can do on this National Day of Service and Remembrance, an “annual and forward-looking tribute to the 9/11 victims, survivors, and those who rose up in service in... Read more »

4 ways to help your kid avoid losing a retainer

When the blessed day comes when a child gets his/her braces removed, there is much rejoicing. The kid is thrilled to return to the world of chewing gum and popcorn, and parents are ridiculously happy that the orthodonture bills will finally stop coming. And then the kid loses his/her retainer. The bills for the replacement... Read more »

6 reasons I love being a dance mom

6 reasons I love being a dance mom
My daughter is a dancer. She has been dancing since she started preschool and she is now in junior high. Tights, leotards and ballet slippers have been in our world for quite a while. With my daughter’s latest round of ballet classes beginning today, I remember that I danced for one year, in kindergarten. I... Read more »
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Happy National Read a Book Day: 8 tween books that have stood the test of time

<strong>A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith</strong><p></p>
Published in 1943, this novel tell the story of an Irish-American family in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York City. This one gets special mention because I remember my mom recommending that I read it and saying how much she enjoyed it. Multiple generation staying power is a reason to check this one out.
September 6 is National Read a Book Day. Let the reading begin! They say you can’t go home again, but with great books that’s not necessary true. Some young adult books have enough magic in them that they capture the imagination of readers for decades and decades. It’s quite possible that some of the books... Read more »

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry is a wonderful family read aloud book

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry is a wonderful family read aloud book
I’m a big believer in reading aloud to older kids and we still read aloud with our tween at bedtime. We are currently in the middle of a wonderful book, Number the Stars by Lois Lowry. It takes place at the time of the Jewish New Year and it seems to fitting to post about... Read more »

Rainbow Loom: the latest tween craft craze

Rainbow Loom: the latest tween craft craze
Tweens love fads. And crafts. So it figures that every few years there is a craft that sweeps through elementary and middle schools around the country. This year, that craze is for the Rainbow Loom. What’s a Rainbow Loom? It’s a “Super fun rubber band bracelet making kit!!!” And judging by the three exclamation marks,... Read more »
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