Archive for December 2014

When your kid is too old to visit Santa

When your kid is too old to visit Santa
Parenting a tween means trying to figure out when to hold your offspring close and when to let them fly, and determining what you should insist upon and what you should let go. It’s the “letting go” part that I find to be hardest, and that’s especially true at the holidays. There are so many... Read more »

Celebrate 50 years of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer with these 10 fun facts

Celebrate 50 years of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer with these 10 fun facts
I play favorites. I know I shouldn’t but I can’t help myself. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is far and away my favorite Christmas TV special. I adore it, and Rudolph. Today marks the 50th anniversary of the first airing of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. It’s aging well, don’t you think? The special occasion is being... Read more »

Hour of Code: Fun coding websites and resources for kids

Hour of Code: Fun coding websites and resources for kids
Learning computer programming, also called coding, is becoming increasingly easy and also fun for kids and parents alike with more and more websites and apps offering opportunities to code. Coding has many benefits, including developing problem-solving and critical-thinking skills in kids, as well as helping them understand how the technology they enjoy is created. It... Read more »
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15 Teen and tween parenting books recommended by Tween Us readers

<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0446504130/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=0446504130&linkCode=as2&tag=twus-20&linkId=SH7MPC5H5DZ2JKF5">NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children</a> by Po Bronson and Ashley Meriman<br><Br>Several people recommended this book, and Tween Us reader Kim says this book "changed my entire approach to the tween years." Pretty powerful stuff.
I may be biased, but Tween Us readers are awesome. They are kind, helpful people doing their best to see their children through year that are sometimes difficult and doing their best to responsibly raise good citizens. They’re also very smart and have great taste. Several readers have suggested teen and teen parenting books and... Read more »

In Defense of Social Media for Tweens

In Defense of Social Media for Tweens
I was lucky to meet Beth Meleski at the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop this spring and we hit it off as moms of tweens and writers who focus on this age group. Beth writes for a lifestyle website for tween girls. I’m thrilled to have her guest posting today. Her argument in defense of social... Read more »

The most beautiful trees and ornaments at the Museum of Science and Industry's "Christmas Around The World" Exhibit

The most beautiful trees and ornaments at the Museum of Science and Industry's "Christmas Around The World" Exhibit
The Museum of Science and Industry is the place to celebrate the holidays in Chicago with the “Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light” exhibit. It features more than 50 trees and displays, all decorated by volunteers from Chicago’s ethnic communities. Wandering through the forest of gorgeous trees is a great way to learn... Read more »
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