Archive for October 2013

What my tween made and learned from our Farmers Market Dinner Project

Peas, please! These were better than Brussels sprouts.
Back in July, I wrote about turning my tween loose at the farmers market with money and challenging her to buy and make our family dinner for the evening. At the end of the first month, she asked to do it again. I said we’d do it monthly.  I’m happy to report that this weekend... Read more »

Girl Talk chapters pair tweens with high school mentors to help navigate middle school

Girl Talk chapters pair tweens with high school mentors to help navigate middle school
My tween refers to the years I was a tween as “The Olden Days.” Of coursetweens, especially those nearing the teen years, think their parents just don’t quite understand the challenges that they face today. Sad to say, they may be right in some sense. We did not have smart phones in junior high, Instagram... Read more »

9 cheap and easy Halloween costume ideas for parents of tweens and teens

<span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Chauffeur</strong></span>

Don't you feel like you spend a ton of time driving your tween around? Why not embrace that and dress as a chauffeur? All you need is the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/HM-Smallwares-Chauffeur-Hat/dp/B002M0H68U" target="_blank">hat</a>. You can even keep it in the car for days when you're really feeling under appreciated, or if you want to give your tween incentive to behave. ("Don't make me put the hat on.")
Halloween is quickly approaching and while most tweens still dress up, whether or not a parent wears a costume is another matter. Tweens do not exactly beg their parents to assemble a costume for trick or treat, but here are 8 easy ideas for simple Halloween costume ideas that are fun plays on being a... Read more »
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Trip to the Morton Arboretum provides parenting lessons

Things don't always go as you hope. And that's okay.<p></p> When thinking about an October trip to the arboretum, I envisioned a ton of trees completely ablaze in fall color. It was not. There was still a whole lot of green, but that made the leaves that had changed that much more amazing. And finding those red, orange and yellow leaves became a fun scavenger hunt.
My husband, tween and I headed to the Morton Arboretum for a fall adventure. I expected to take in fall colors, but what really surprised me was how Mother Nature reminded me of many parenting truths. Often, the most important of life’s lessons, and parenting lessons, are the ones that are often the most obvious... Read more »

How to throw a fun, easy Rainbow Loom party

All the kids who came had their own Rainbow Loom and a plethora of the tiny rubber bands that you weave together on the loom to make bracelets. They're the friendship bracelet of 2013.
My tween has had a few days off school, and I’ve mentioned before that my tween and I like to keep her busy make the most of that time by having her friends over. I find that having groups of tweens in our home goes better when they have some direction, so yesterday my tween... Read more »

Today is the International Day of the Girl

Today is the International Day of the Girl
October 11 is the International Day of the Girl is today. Created by a United Nations Resolution passed in 2011, today marks the second observance of Day of the Girl. This year’s theme is “Innovating for Girls’ Education.” The United Nation’s International Day of the Girl website says, “The fulfilment of girls’ right to education... Read more »
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Nobel Peace Prize facts you should know

Nobel Peace Prize facts you should know
My daughter is very excited about Malala and she’s really, really hoping for Malala to win the Nobel Peace Prize, which will be presented on October 11, 2013. (It seems tweens never singularly hope for anything.) Malala is the youngest-ever nominee. Pleased that she was showing an interest, I asked my tween what she knew... Read more »

How Malala has made an impact on the world and on my daughter

How Malala has made an impact on the world and on my daughter
“School is like walking through a magical door to your dreams.” “We are starving for education. For us, it is like a precious gift. It’s like a diamond.” Was that the feeling that your child had this morning when heading off to school? They weren’t what I heard from my child this morning, either. No,... Read more »

Do's and Don'ts of tween skin care

Do's and Don'ts of tween skin care
Acne and skin problems used to be a teen issue, but, with kids enter puberty earlier, tween acne is on the rise. Dermatologists are seeing kids who are 10 years old and even younger seeking help for skin issues. Each year they are diagnosing more and more kids younger than 12 years old with pre-adolescent... Read more »
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5 reasons swimming lessons are important for older kids and tweens

5 reasons swimming lessons are important for older kids and tweens
Today is one of the summery fall days, with a high in the mid-80s. On the last warm weekend we had a few weeks ago, my tween daughter attended a pool party. One of the 11 year-old guests did not know how to swim. I found that frightening, especially because when we arrived no adults... Read more »