Archive for September 2014

Info about the new social network Ello: 5 details parents should know

Info about the new social network Ello: 5 details parents should know
Ello describes itself as “an ad-free network that does not sell data about its users to third parties.”  It’s catching on and was all the rage last week, when Vox reported that 31,000 people per hour were joining the site, which is still in beta. Ello launched this past summer and suddenly became the big new... Read more »

Review of 13 pumpkin desserts at Trader Joe's

Review of 13 pumpkin desserts at Trader Joe's
I don’t know who the pumpkin PR people are, but they have done a bang up job making them an integral part of autumn, particularly when it comes to our palates. There are pumpkin-flavored items everywhere. Trader Joe’s has certainly hopped on the pumpkin bandwagon and while I know there are some pumpkin haters out... Read more »

Babysitting classes for tweens and teens ready to take on the responsibility of child care

Babysitting classes for tweens and teens ready to take on the responsibility of child care
Babysitting is often a first job for many tweens and teens. To decide whether your child is ready to start babysitting, there are a lot of issues to address, including maturity and responsibility. Babysitting classes help prepare future sitters for that responsibility. Determining When Your Child Is Ready to Babysit Most babysitting classes start at... Read more »
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5 Reasons why I'm excited for the final season of Parenthood

5 Reasons why I'm excited for the final season of Parenthood
After months of waiting patiently (for me, anyway, which admittedly is saying very little), the best show on television, Parenthood, returns tonight. While I’m thrilled to welcome the large Braverman family back into my living room, their return is bittersweet as this is the final season of Parenthood. * Parenthood depicts tween and teen parenting... Read more »

Tween and teen sexting: stats and conversation starters

Tween and teen sexting: stats and conversation starters
I’m willing to bet that if you ask parents if they think that their tweens and teens are sexting, most would say, “No, not my kid,” while emphatically shaking their head. I’ll also hazard a guess that less than 20 percent would say “Eh, maybe?” However, the statistics show that 20% of kids engage in... Read more »

Banned Books Week: 9 middle grade books that have been banned

<strong>The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian</strong> by Sherman Alexie
<br><br>Despite winning the National Book Award in 2007 for young people’s literature, in 2011, the Richland (WA) School Board voted to prohibit The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian for all grades, though the initial complaint came in regard to its use for ninth-grade English classes. However, a month later, following public outcry and after board members read the novel, the book was declared to be "outstanding" and the decision to ban it was reversed, according to the <a href="http://www.nypl.org/blog/2013/09/09/banned-book-list" target="_blank">New York Public Library</a>.<br><br>Alexie said of the efforts to ban his book, "“It almost makes me happy to hear books still have that kind of power,” Mr. Alexie said in <a href="http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/apr/12/collins-alexie-make-list-of-challenged-796698753">The Washington Post.</a>
Banned Books Week is observed the last week of September and it celebrates the freedom to read as well as the value of free and open access to information. The event hopes to draw national attention to the harms of censorship. Books popular with tweens are often challenged, often for explicit language or sexual situations. See... Read more »
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Is your tween getting enough calcium?

Is your tween getting enough calcium?
Tweens grow a lot and parents need only look at their clothing bill to prove it.  All that bone growth means that tweens need a significant amount of calcium. Is your tween getting enough calcium? Chances are, probably not.  A study found that only about 12% of girls and 17% of boys aged 9 to 13... Read more »

Why your children should sit in the back seat of the car if they are younger than 13

Why your children should sit in the back seat of the car if they are younger than 13
My daughter and I road tripped together this summer, and it was just the two of us in the family roadster hitting America’s highways and byways.  I was in the driver’s seat and she was in the back seat. That raised a few eye brows. Why wasn’t she riding shotgun in the front seat with... Read more »

Why I'm an exhausted mom even though my kid is a tween

Why I'm an exhausted mom even though my kid is a tween
I am tired. Not just any old tired, rather the kind that falls firmly in the category of maternal exhaustion. I feel guilty saying this because my child is a tween. She dresses and bathes herself and she sleeps through the night. She would be disturbed at the idea of climbing into bed with me... Read more »
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The book My Other Ex explores how friendship is challenging for both tweens and moms

The book My Other Ex explores how friendship is challenging for both tweens and moms
Friendship is a concept that seems so simple but in reality is so complicated. Tweens often come face to face with this tough fact in middle school, when the days of “we’re friends with everyone” of preschool and kindergarten seem far, far away. As tweens and teens figure out who they are and who they... Read more »