Archive for November 2013

Meet the tween blogger and parents behind the popular site This Kid Reviews Books

Meet the tween blogger and parents behind the popular site This Kid Reviews Books
An amazing tween, Erik, runs a popular website called This Kid Reviews Books. He started blogging about books he had read when he was 9 and two years later, his blog is going strong and he has covered a ton of books. It’s a great site to get new ideas for tween readers. Erik’s parents... Read more »

Spot It! Party and Sketch It breathe new life into family game night

Spot It! Party and Sketch It breathe new life into family game night
With the chill in the air, the holidays around the corner and extended families gathering, we’re heading into prime family game night season. I love game night, but I have a confession to make: I’m picky when it comes to games. I have board game commitment issues – if it requires a lot of my... Read more »

What parents need to know about Kik, the messaging app popular with tweens and teens

What parents need to know about Kik, the messaging app popular with tweens and teens
Kik is an app that is very popular with tweens. It’s also not intended to be used by tweens and can be dangerous for kids with sexual predators using Kik to request naked photos or inquire about a tween user’s sexual experience. Here’s what parents need to know about Kik, the hugely popular app that... Read more »
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Thanksgiving trivia: 12 fun facts for your family feast

Thanksgiving trivia: 12 fun facts for your family feast
Thanksgiving trivia can serve a variety of purposes. It can give kids a history and context for our traditions, or it’s just a way to keep your weird relatives from talking about gory medical procedures, starting a nasty fight about politics or discussing slights that occurred decades ago that are sure to make the blood... Read more »

10 Tips for dealing with lice in tweens

10 Tips for dealing with lice in tweens
I’m grateful for this guest post as I was surprised to learn that tweens certainly can and do get lice. I know. Shudder. I’m honoring the request to run this guest post anonymously because the author did not want to publicly call her tweens out on the internet for having lice. I can understand that. ... Read more »

World Kindness Day is perfect time to talk with tweens about choosing kind

World Kindness Day is perfect time to talk with tweens about choosing kind
World Kindness Day is November 13. I’ll be honest, I’d never heard of it before seeing it mentioned on Facebook today, but it’s been a project of the World Kindness Movement that started in Japan in the late 1990s and is now observed around the world. Upon learning about World Kindness Day, I thought of... Read more »
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4 Tips for organizing your tween’s bedroom

4 Tips for organizing your tween’s bedroom
I’m thrilled to welcome today’s guest poster, Erin Kelly of Organizing with Erin. Erin is a professional organizer whose organizing business has been helping people get organized for 9 years. We had a conversation about last week’s post that featured experts advising parents to let a messy room go and not fight about it. Not... Read more »

11 Veterans Day facts: How much do you know about Veterans Day?

<strong>When was Veterans Day first celebrated?</strong>
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Originally called Armistice Day, Veterans Day was celebrated on Nov. 11, 1919, which was the first anniversary of the end of the fighting of World War I. The Allies and Germany agree to an armistice, or  temporary cessation of hostilities,on the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. (Technically WWI did not officially end until the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on June 28, 1919.)<br> Image above is soldiers of the 353rd Infantry near a church at Stenay, Meuse in France, wait for the end of hostilities.  This photo was taken at 10:58 a.m., on November 11, 1918, two minutes before the armistice ending World War I went into effect. Image from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Monday is Veterans Day in the United States and a lot of kids are thrilled to day off, as are adults who work for the government, banks, schools, etc. But how much do you and your kids really know about this national holiday honoring those who have served our country? Here are 11 Veterans Day... Read more »

Easy pumpkin pie recipe is simple, delicious and prize-winning

Easy pumpkin pie recipe is simple, delicious and prize-winning
“The only thing sweeter than victory is victory a la mode.” That’s the tag line of Chicago’s South Side Pie Challenge and let me tell you, it is the truth. My tween and I were elated when our pumpkin pie earned a ribbon at this year’s pie challenge. We had never entered a pie contest... Read more »
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How to deal with your tween's messy bedroom

How to deal with your tween's messy bedroom
Does walking through your tween’s bedroom feel like navigating an obstacle course? Considering putting a “Danger – Do Not Enter” sign on your tween’s bedroom door? Tired of asking, pleading, yelling and arguing about the mess? Tweens are not known for being neat and orderly. If you are arguing with your tween about a messy... Read more »