Archive for January 2015

My survival kit for the final episode of Parenthood

My survival kit for the final episode of Parenthood
I have declared today to be “Black Thursday” because I am in mourning. The final episode of Parenthood airs on NBC tonight. I adore the Braverman family and the show, and I’m very sad to say goodbye this evening. Might as well back a truck full of Kleenex up to my door. If you hear lots... Read more »

7 of the best Super Bowl ads of 2015 released in advance of the big game

<iframe width="500" height="300" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/xAsjRRMMg_Q" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br><br><strong>Budweiser "Lost Dog"</strong><br><br>Budweiser's puppy and Clydesdale commercials have been hugely popular the past few years and I have to say, they're favorites in our house. This year's installment is sweet and maybe a little cheesy. That is why GoDaddy tried to mock them with an ad that was so irresponsible the company pulled the ad completely. I appreciate snark, but that was poorly done and sometimes the world needs a little cheesy goodness and this fits the bill.
A lot of people watch the Super Bowl for the ads, myself included, and this year you can get a head start because many of the advertisers released their Super Bowl commercials before the big game. Many of this year’s ads are warm and fuzzy, with a focus on feeling the good feels. I love... Read more »

Cyberbullying is awful, that doesn’t mean schools should demand social media passwords

In Illinois there is much debate about whether schools can and should require social media passwords from students. A new law about cyberbullying that went into effect on Jan. 1, 2015 is what sparked the discussion. I shared a post on the Tween Us Facebook page about it and Tween Us readers overwhelmingly felt that... Read more »
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In defense of letting kids get bored once in awhile

In defense of letting kids get bored once in awhile
It’s that time of year when cabin fever is starting to set in, the new holiday gifts have lost a bit of their luster, and there isn’t a gift-giving occasion to look forward to. The kids are getting antsy. In fact, they’re probably getting bored. Fabulous! I am all in favor of letting kids get... Read more »

3 Important tech resolutions for digital parents

3 Important tech resolutions for digital parents
I’ve written a lot about digital parenting but I was still rather shocked when my daughter opened her first smartphone at Christmas and had a text from Santa’s Twerkshop. The unexpected issues and curveballs of digital parenting became apparent within literally the first five minutes of her possessing a device that essentially gives her access to the... Read more »

Want your kids to read for fun? Let them see you read for fun

Want your kids to read for fun? Let them see you read for fun
I have a confession to make. I did a very poor job of both reading and making time for family reading time in 2014. Yes, me. The English major, the writer, the avowed lover of words and books.  The one who used to read 25 books a year. Don’t get me wrong, I read a... Read more »
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Is the website Meez safe for kids?

Is the website Meez safe for kids?
A reader in Michigan brought an alert circulating in her community about the website Meez to my attention. She received a warning from another parent saying that “even though [Meez] appears to be a kids game, there are different rooms that kids can get into. Some are innocent enough, but there are a LOT of... Read more »

Amy Poehler gives great advice: 9 favorite Ask Amy videos

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Amy Poehler is fabulous, and it’s safe to say I’m a huge fan. Her book is sitting on my nightstand, I’m counting down the days to the return of her television show Park and Recreation and I’m thrilled that she’s hosting the Golden Globes again with the also incredible Tina Fey. What makes me most... Read more »

Tweens and teens are sharing personal info via Instagram - lots of it

Tweens and teens are sharing personal info via Instagram - lots of it
Ah, Instagram. It seems so harmless. It’s just kids sharing cute or silly photos, or a way to express themselves artistically, right? Uh, not so much. I’ve talked about the many issues that I have with Instagram here. But now there’s another one. Sharing personal info via Instagram, particularly in the comments but also by... Read more »
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You might be a tween parent if...

You might be a tween parent if...
You might be a tween parent if… * your kid thought that a fresh 3 inches of snow on the ground and a windchill below zero meant it was a great day to wear shorts or crop pants; * even if your kid is willing to wear appropriate clothing for the weather, their recent growth... Read more »