Archive for September 2014

If you need some inspiration, watch this video about the 9/11 boatlift

If you need some inspiration, watch this video about the 9/11 boatlift
This has been one of those weeks where I’ve been feeling all of the feelings, and that’s due in part of 9/11. I don’t care how many years ago it was, it’s tough for me and that’s in part because I struggle with just how to handle it with my tween, and whether or not... Read more »

7 inspiring quotes about 9/11

"If we learn nothing else from this tragedy, we learn that life is short and there is no time for hate." - Sandy Dahl, wife of pilot of Flight 93 Jason Dahl
Most of us adults know exactly where we were when we heard the horrifying news of the terrorist attacks on 9/11/01 and thinking about it makes it feel like just yesterday. For many of our children, however, it happened literally¬† a lifetime ago. Here are some quotes about 9/11, from the lessons a widower wants... Read more »

Talking with my child about domestic abuse in light of the Ray Rice video

Talking with my child about domestic abuse in light of the Ray Rice video
I didn’t expect Monday Night Football to show the violent video of Ray Rice striking Janay Palmer, who was his fiancee and is now his wife, in an elevator. We had the game on, and they showed the video. My tween was watching. Her face registered shock and horror, which is likely true of anyone... Read more »
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Would you let your daughter go to school with pink hair?

Would you let your daughter go to school with pink hair?
My child went to school with pink hair today. Well, not totally pink, about half pink. The bottom half. But definitely “whoa, that’s pink” kind of hair. When I got a whiff of something from the bathroom this morning, I wondered if she had possibly cleaned it. I thought that would be odd on a... Read more »

Why your children should learn CPR

Why your children should learn CPR
Most people know that CPR is a life-saving technique and that knowing it can give one the ability to save a life. But did you know that kids can learn CPR? They can. In fact, children should learn CPR, especially tweens and teens. In the past few months, I’ve read two stories of how teenagers... Read more »

Top 10 tween books that have stayed with readers for a lifetime

Top 10 tween books that have stayed with readers for a lifetime
There’s a big trend of Facebook asking people to share the top ten books that have stayed with them or influenced them.¬† I’m loving reading these lists. What fascinates me is how many of the books I keep seeing listed are great books that are often first read during the tween years. Here are the... Read more »
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