Archive for October 2014

Fun Halloween songs to play for trick or treating

Fun Halloween songs to play for trick or treating
The wind outside is howling and my tween said that it was making spooky noises that you expect on Halloween. The snow, however, is not what you expect for the occasion. It may be the cold or the snow or that the build up to Halloween seems to last forever, but this morning I wasn’t... Read more »

What a perfect day looks like to this mom of a tween

Bon jour, Paris! <br><br>What parent doesn't want to give their children the world?<br><br> My tween has a big dream of heading to Paris, and I'd love to take her there. I was fortunate that my mom took me and, while I look forward to doing the same with my girl, it'll be sometime in the future. In my fictional perfect day, though, we'd zoom over to enjoy a baguette (of course the perfect day includes lots of carbs) while wandering the banks of the Seine and travel to the top of the Eiffel Tower. Also, we will both speak flawless French. Also, I will drink the perfect amount of champagne, proving that I have matured since my last visit.
Tonight, our community manager challenged me and the other ChicagoNow bloggers to spend exactly one hour blogging “what your perfect day would be like, either in reality or fantasy” for our monthly Blogapalooza. If you’re wondering what a perfect day looks like to this mom, check out the gallery below. I opted to go the... Read more »

Tweens and teens are awesome, as #ToMyTeen proves

Tweens and teens are awesome, as #ToMyTeen proves
One of my favorite pieces of parenting advice is to let your children overhear you praising them to someone else. It’s a wonderful way to positively reinforce behavior you’d like to see more of, and it lets them know that you are proud of them and builds their self-esteem. This advice is good for any... Read more »
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3 rules of trick or treating that should be followed at any age

3 rules of trick or treating that should be followed at any age
How old is too old to trick or treat? That’s a common topic this time of year, one I’ve touched on before. Some cities have set rules, but most do not, and it seems that people are generally in favor of kids of all ages trick or treating. A post this week telling a sweet... Read more »

9 quick, easy and knife-free pumpkin decorations

<strong>Glitter Glue Pumpkin</strong><br><br>This pumpkin screams tween, doesn't it? It's cute and I like it as much as my daughter does. The black glitter glue did run a bit, but my tween thought it gave it a spooky feel. Be sure to put paper underneath when goin this route.
One sentence horror stories are popular this Halloween season, so here’s one for you: Tweens carving pumpkins with knives. While I was kidding, it turns out that injuries incurred during pumpkin carving happen. According to the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, hospitals see four to five times more hand injuries than normal each... Read more »

7 Simple, fun group costume ideas from the movies

<strong>Minions</strong><br><br> Who doesn't love Gru's minions? You can buy minion costumes, or make your own with a yellow shirt, overalls, yellow hat and googles. Fun part about this is that your minion group can be as big or as small as you like.
Halloween is near and it’s time to find a great costume. Going with a group can be a ton of fun. If you’re looking for a great group costume, here are some fun group costume ideas from the movies. They will work for any age group, and will accommodate any number of group members and... Read more »
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5 reasons parenting an adolescent is not like parenting a toddler, according to author Jennifer Senior

5 reasons parenting an adolescent is not like parenting a toddler, according to author Jennifer Senior
In her recent book, All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood, Jennifer Senior explores how children affect their parents at each stage of their development. She devotes one chapter to adolescence and in it she notes that parents often see adolescence as a repeat of the toddler years, but she doesn’t necessarily... Read more »

How to deal with cyberbullying: Tips for parents

How to deal with cyberbullying: Tips for parents
Cyberbullying is becoming an increasingly large problem. DoSomething.org says 43% of kids report being bullied online, and 70% report seeing bullying online. Cell phones are the most common way cyberbullies reach their victims. October is National Bullying Prevention Month, and that includes cyberbullying. Parent need to be aware of it, know what they can do... Read more »

Snapchat hack proves that nothing on the internet disappears

Snapchat hack proves that nothing on the internet disappears
Have you heard the news about the Snapchat hack in which 200,000 private photos and names of users may be leaked? It’s being called the “Snappening” and it serves as a reminder that nothing on the internet ever really disappears. Nothing. Not Snapchats. Not photos of any sort. Nothing. Does this sound familiar? It should.... Read more »
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Memorable quotes by Malala Yousufzai, Nobel Peace Prize winner

Memorable quotes by Malala Yousufzai, Nobel Peace Prize winner
“What time do they award the Nobel Peace Prize?” my daughter asked last night as she headed to bed. I told her it would be in the middle of the night and to please sleep in. I feared she’d be very disappointed like she was last year when Malala Yousufzai did not win despite being... Read more »