Archive for May 2014

Trying to tame my daughter - or at least her hair

Trying to tame my daughter - or at least her hair
I may be biased, but my daughter has lovely golden hair. The only problem is there is just so very much of it. Like every other aspect of her personality, it’s dazzling, abundant, and sometimes overwhelming to me. It’s also the near opposite of my own: that of a conscientious brunette rule follower. Suffice it... Read more »

Lessons learned in math class that have nothing to do with numbers

Lessons learned in math class that have nothing to do with numbers
Our family checked out the calendar last night. Our tween daughter has just four weeks of school left, and two of those are short weeks, meaning that there are just 18 days of sixth grade left. And it was then that the lessons learned in math class completely unrelated to numbers began to emerge. She... Read more »

Snapchat settles charges by FTC, but that doesn't change much

Snapchat settles charges by FTC, but that doesn't change much
Snapchat agreed today to settle charges by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that messages sent through the online messaging service do not actually “disappear” as the company has claimed. The FTC alleged that Snapchat misled consumers as to how it functioned. Specifically, the complaint stated that the messages did not disappear as claimed, and... Read more »
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Unplug & Play: New book has 50 great game ideas, perfect for Screen Free Week and beyond

Unplug & Play: New book has 50 great game ideas, perfect for Screen Free Week and beyond
Screen Free week is May 5-11 and is, according to the Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood, a time to “turn OFF TV, video and mobile games, and other screens they use for entertainment, and turn ON the world around them! Join the fun!”  Screen Free week can be a good reminder, but making sure... Read more »

Letter to a New Mom: Parenting advice from an 11 year-old

Letter to a New Mom: Parenting advice from an 11 year-old
ChicagoNow bloggers are joining forces today in support of new moms as they celebrate their first Mother’s Day. You can see the full compilation of posts here. Dear New Mom, If I’ve learned anything from motherhood, it’s that there are a million and one ways to raise a good kid and you should listen to... Read more »

Letter to a New Mom: Don't worry, really

Letter to a New Mom: Don't worry, really
In anticipation of Mother’s Day, ChicagoNow bloggers are joining forces today to support of new moms as they celebrate their first Mother’s Day. My letter is below, and you can find the others here. Dear New Mom, Welcome to the club, mama! I know it seems unfair to give you a homework assignment when you... Read more »
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Melanoma Monday: Teaching tweens and teens to protect their skin

Melanoma Monday: Teaching tweens and teens to protect their skin
It’s Melanoma Monday. While this may not seem like a holiday that has much the fact that one in five Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer in the course of their lifetime. I am in that 20% having had basal cell skin cancer. That’s the “good” kind. Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin... Read more »

9 facts about Cinco de Mayo

May 5th is celebrated in the United States as Cinco de Mayo.  But many of those enjoying delicious guacamole and downing margaritas do not know quite what Cinco de Mayo is. 1. Cinco de Mayo honors the Mexican army’s triumph over French forces at the Battle of Puebla in May 1862. It was a very... Read more »

9 ways to make the Kentucky Derby fun for the whole family

<strong>Pick out a horse name</strong> <br><br>Either have family members come up with their own fun name for a hose, or check out this <a href="http://www.courier-journal.com/story/entertainment/events/kentucky-derby/2014/04/28/kentucky-derby-horse-name/8397519/">website</a> that will generate a horse name for you using your first initial and birthday date (just the day of the month, not the year.) Apparently my horse would be named "Old Diablo."
My tween daughter loves horses, and she’s always been interested in the Kentucky Derby. The Run for the Roses can be a fun family event. Here are fun, simple and inexpensive ways the whole family can get into the spirit of the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby on Saturday. Happy Derby viewing! YOU MAY ALSO... Read more »
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New book Her Next Chapter shows how mother-daughter book clubs can empower girls

New book Her Next Chapter shows how mother-daughter book clubs can empower girls
Being a tween girl in today’s plugged in, sexed up, media saturated, fast paced world is far from easy. Being a parent of a tween girl isn’t a walk in the park, either. Psychologist, parenting coach  and author Lori Day wrote the book Her Next Chapter: How Mother-Daughter Book Clubs Can Help Girls Navigate Malicious... Read more »