Archive for April 2014

11 cheap Easter basket ideas for tweens and teens

Looking at serious pool time this summer? Then your kids are going to need goggles. And chances are they are going to need a few pairs as they get forgotten frequently. Fun colors make them extra festive.
Find an updated post with 33 Easter basket ideas for teens and tween here. It’s time to fill up Easter baskets but as tweens and teens outgrow the easy option of cute little toys, parents need new, creative, cheap Easter basket ideas. Here are 11 fun and inexpensive treats for your kids’ Easter baskets that... Read more »

Expert advice about Disney World and tweens from an author of the Unofficial Guide Walt Disney World

Expert advice about Disney World and tweens from an author of the Unofficial Guide Walt Disney World
Liliane J. Opsomer, one of the authors of the fabulous The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World and The Unofficial Guides to Walt Disney World with Kids, shared some of her best tips and tactics for navigating Disney World with kids. I was able to ask her specifically about how to make the most of... Read more »

Tips for my tween attending her first middle school dance

Tips for my tween attending her first middle school dance
The middle school dance is a right of tween passage.  I’m willing to bet that you remember something about one of your middle school dances, be it the gym full of unwieldy limbs, hormones and awkwardness. If you think hard, you can probably recall a few songs from those events. For me, it’s Every Rose... Read more »
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Favorite Erma Bombeck quotes to mark the start of the Erma Bombeck Writers' Conference

Favorite Erma Bombeck quotes to mark the start of the Erma Bombeck Writers' Conference
My mother is a reader. I remember there being a book on her nightstand pretty much all the time as I grew up and those she read at night, after we were asleep. What I saw her reading during my awake hours was the newspaper. She read most of it, but what sticks in my... Read more »

Guide to our tween bedroom makeover on a budget

Guide to our tween bedroom makeover on a budget
Some rearranging of rooms in our home meant my tween got a different bedroom. One with white walls and an older quilt, both of which were devoid of personality. It screamed for a makeover, personality or at least a modicum of color. We commenced operation tween girl bedroom makeover that was done in one weekend... Read more »

When should I get my kid a phone?

When should I get my kid a phone?
When should I get my child a phone is a question that I am often asked and one that I’ve struggled with myself when it comes to my own kid. It’s confusing. There are lots of expert opinions, and they don’t always agree. Some say to go all in and get a smart phone in... Read more »
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Hunting for Easter egg trivia? Find 11 fun facts here

<strong>What do eggs represent?</strong><br><br>  Historians believe people have eggs for thousands of years to celebrate the spring equinox, which was often around the start of the new year prior to the adoption of the Gregorian calendar. Christians missionaries adopted the existing pagan celebrations and began using eggs as a symbol of new life and resurrection and to represent Jesus's emergence from the tomb. Many cultures still decorate eggs to mark the start of spring and new life.<br><br>
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The Easter season brings Easter baskets and all kind of eggs: chocolate eggs, candy eggs, egg hunts, Easter egg dyeing and decorating. Hippety hop (or just click) your way through the gallery below impress your friends, family and even the Easter Bunny with these fun facts and learn some of the history behind treasured traditions... Read more »

In defense of parents helping kids with homework

In defense of parents helping kids with homework
The latest parenting debate centers around whether parents helping kids with homework is helpful or harmful. I admit that I help my tween with her homework. Allow me to make it clear that we are not doing her homework for her, but I am happy to quiz her on vocabulary and spelling words, or talk... Read more »

Adolescent brain development

Does it seem like your tweens and teens are completely oblivious to things that seem so obvious to adults? Why on Earth are they so self-centered? Why do smart kids make risky decisions? Cognitive neuroscientist Sarah-Jayne Blakemore studies the human brain and says the rate and areas of brain development that occur in adolescence can... Read more »
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