Archive for February 2014

Valentine's Day playlist and other ideas for a simple, heartfelt family celebration of love

Valentine's Day playlist and other ideas for a simple, heartfelt family celebration of love
Valentine’s Day in our home is a bit more low key this year. I don’t know if the mountains of snow have frozen my heart, or that it’s just different with a tween. There are no class valentines to address or party to chaperone, but that doesn’t mean we won’t celebrate. Thankfully, blogging friends have... Read more »

Thank you, Shaun White, for not medaling in the Olympics

Shaun White was the favorite to take home the gold in the men’s halfpipe competition at the Sochi Olympics. But he did not win. In fact, he did not get any hardware as he finished in fourth place, just off the medal stand. While I’m saddened by Shaun White not medaling, I’m grateful that my... Read more »

Teach kids to THINK when communicating online and in person

Teach kids to THINK when communicating online and in person
This Tech Tuesday, I want to revisiting a popular internet meme that can be very helpful when teaching our kids about our expectations for communication, online and in person. The acronym “THINK before you speak” made the rounds on the internet a while ago. It stated that, before speaking, people should ask themselves if what... Read more »
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Women's ski jumping in the Olympics taught my daughter important life lessons

Women's ski jumping in the Olympics taught my daughter important life lessons
On of the reasons I love the Olympics is because they are a fabulous teaching tool for my tween. Tonight we discussed Vladimir Putin, homophobia, the difference in domestic and foreign policy, what countries are the largest in terms of land mass, and that sometimes doing your best isn’t always enough. There will be many... Read more »

A look inside the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs

Be sure to bring your camera if you visit. There are all kinds of opportunities for fun photos, including the rings.
The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado is where America’s best athletes train in hopes of bringing home the gold. It’s also open to the public and you can check out a movie, take a tour and see the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame, all for free. Travel &... Read more »

3 Reasons why Kate Middleton is a good role model

3 Reasons why Kate Middleton is a good role model
My tween admires Kate Middleton and she and I have talked about how Kate uses her influence to do good work, support those helping others, and bring attention to important causes. When she and Prince William introduced their son George to the world, it was a great example of embracing your body as it is,... Read more »
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9 facts parents need to know about the Voxer app

9 facts parents need to know about the Voxer app
Welcome to Tech Tuesday, Tween Us readers! Today we’re addressing what parents need to know about Voxer, the app that turns a smartphone into a walkie talkie. In addition to sending voice messages back and forth, Voxer users can also send texts, photos, or location info. Here’s what parents need to know about the Voxer... Read more »

9 facts about Sochi, Russia: Learn more about the Winter Olympics host city

9 facts about Sochi, Russia: Learn more about the Winter Olympics host city
The eyes of the world are on Sochi, Russia, host city of the 2014 Winter Olympic games. My tween asked me about Sochi and I didn’t have a lot of info, so we did some research together and the results are below. Here are some interesting facts about Sochi, the southwestern Russian city and the... Read more »