Archive for October 2014

Movie Review: "I Am Eleven" documentary captures essence of being a tween

Movie Review: "I Am Eleven" documentary captures essence of being a tween
The documentary film “I Am Eleven” details what it is like to be eleven years old in all corners of the globe by speaking with children that age living in 15 different countries around the world. Australian filmmaker Genevieve Bailey says in the introduction to the film that she “wanted to make something energetic, optimistic,... Read more »

Dear people I know fairly well: My name is "Shannan," not "Shannon"

Dear people I know fairly well: My name is "Shannan," not "Shannon"
“This Blogger Life” is a feature on ChicagoNow where each week bloggers are given a broad theme from which they can write a blog post interpreting the topic in any way they want. This week’s topic is “What’s in a name?” With a unusually spelled name, I have a lot to say on the subject.... Read more »

Ask your kids who they admire, their answers may surprise you

Ask your kids who they admire, their answers may surprise you
My tween received an assignment to list four people she admired. It’s such a great question that can give you tremendous insight into your tween. Not only does it give adults a chance to talk about who they admire but also why they admire them. Tweens and teens are much more likely to talk about... Read more »
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Do's and Don'ts of chaperoning a middle school field trip

Do's and Don'ts of chaperoning a middle school field trip
I chaperoned the 7th grade field trip to the local arboretum yesterday. It was probably more educational for me than the kids, and I say that not just because I had no idea that Queen Anne’s Lace is part of the carrot family. (Am I the only one who didn’t know that?) I’m sharing the... Read more »

Omegle app used in sexual assault of 13-year-olds: What parents need to discuss with their kids about this case

Omegle app used in sexual assault of 13-year-olds: What parents need to discuss with their kids about this case
Omegle is an app that kids used to talk to strangers and as was sadly illustrated by a terrifying incident in Minnesota this week, a way that sexual predators find and meet up with teen and tween victims. Parents think that it won’t happen to their kid, but chances are the parents of the 13... Read more »

Jeopardy! does not know what women want

Jeopardy! does not know what women want
Have you heard that the game show Jeopardy! hosted by the venerable Alex Trebek featured a category called “What Women Want” and embraced pretty much every stereotype in the book, offending millions in the process? The category was so very sexist. (You can read more about the category and see that part of the show... Read more »
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