Archive for January 2014

Scary facts parents need to know about the Tinder app

Scary facts parents need to know about the Tinder app
One of the many apps of which parents need to be aware is Tinder, which is also known as a great one night stand locator or an easy way for tweens and teens to find hook ups. Scared yet? Tinder’s description in the App Store: “Tinder finds out who likes you nearby and connects you... Read more »

Tweens are like toddlers: 4 things the age groups have in common

Tweens are like toddlers: 4 things the age groups have in common
It’s time for another installment of ways tweens are like toddlers and vice versa. The similarities between the age groups are numerous and while yes, parenting gets easier as they become more self-sufficient, there are tweens bring challenges that can give a parent a sense of deja vu. 1. Bedtime brings sweet, sweet relief. The... Read more »

3 Factors to consider before allowing your tween athlete to specialize in one sport

3 Factors to consider before allowing your tween athlete to specialize in one sport
Between practices, games, conditioning, camps and all else that goes along with playing a sport in middle school or junior high, tweens are finding it increasingly difficult to be multiple sport athletes. Many adolescents and parents feel a push to specialize in one sport, and those trying to play multiple sports finding it very challenging... Read more »
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How to be a fantastic uncle

How to be a fantastic uncle
Today is my brother’s birthday.  When thinking about this special guy on his special day, it’s clear he’s a great brother and brother-in-law and he’s a fabulous uncle to my daughter.  I realized he’s given, unintentionally, a master class on how to be a fabulous uncle. Here are a few ways he has rocked his... Read more »

Tween hair care: Tips from a stylist

Tween hair care: Tips from a stylist
The tween years are marked by an increased interest in one’s appearance, and that includes a keen interest in hair cares and styles. In our house, it also means a sudden explosion of products, implements and accessories covering the bathroom. While tweens are certainly interested in their hair (and yes, both boys and girls are,... Read more »

Cold weather science projects to make your kids' snow day educational and fun

Cold weather science projects to make your kids' snow day educational and fun
“You’re determined to make my snow day educational, aren’t you?” my tween asked me in the most accusing tone of voice ever after I suggested another cold weather science project. While I’m not that ambitious, she was right that I wanted to take advantage of the unusual cold this winter to try out some projects... Read more »
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Nearly a quarter of seventh graders are sexting - what parents can do about it

Nearly a quarter of seventh graders are sexting - what parents can do about it
Does your tween have a phone? If so, is he/she is sexting? Although most parents find it hard to fathom of their tween sending graphic and explicit messages and photos, a new study in the journal Pediatrics found that nearly a quarter of seventh graders are sexting. The study included a survey of 410 seventh... Read more »

Kate DiCamillo: A look at the best books by the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature

<b><a href="http://rcm-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&amp;bc1=000000&amp;IS2=1&amp;bg1=FFFFFF&amp;fc1=000000&amp;lc1=0000FF&amp;t=twus-20&amp;o=1&amp;p=8&amp;l=as4&amp;m=amazon&amp;f=ifr&amp;ref=ss_til&amp;asins=076366040X">Flora &amp; Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures</a></b>

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This is DiCamillo’s most recent book, and she explained that it took the longest to write in part because it has many graphic elements. My tween read it this fall and while she liked it, she said that she prefers <span style="text-decoration: underline;">The Tale of Despereaux</span>. She appreciated that the main character’s parents were divorced and that it seemed a bit more mature than some of DiCamillo’s other books. Ulysses, by the way, is a squirrel, and I don't look at the ones in our back yard the same way after reading this book.
Kate DiCamillo is a favorite author of both my tween and myself. I’m a firm believer that a really good story can be a fabulous adventure enjoyed by all ages, and DiCamillo’s many novels are perfect examples. Today, she was named the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. My tween and I were fortunate enough... Read more »

5 indoor activities to keep kids busy during winter break and snow days

5 indoor activities to keep kids busy during winter break and snow days
It is cold and snowy here and as much as playing in the snow is fun, my tween doesn’t have a ton of staying power when it comes to playing in the powder, especially in these bitterly cold temperatures. (Seriously – we’re looking at a high of -7 on Monday. And yes, I said “high.”... Read more »
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