Archive for March 2015

Nastia Liukin talks Dancing with the Stars and how she's inspiring girls to shine

Nastia Liukin talks Dancing with the Stars and how she's inspiring girls to shine
Olympic gold medalist Nastia Liukin is tearing up the dance floor with partner Derek Hough on Dancing with the Stars. She’s flying back and forth between her home town of New York City to Los Angeles for the show while also maintaining a full class load of 16 credits at New York University (NYU). That... Read more »

7 pieces of helpful parenting advice from Lou Holtz

7 pieces of helpful parenting advice from Lou Holtz
Lou Holtz is a renowned football coach, television commentator and popular motivational speaker. In his speeches, he shares some of the life lessons he has learned in his 78 years, many of which have been spent in high profile positions. While Lou Holtz certainly doesn’t claim to be a parenting expert, I recently watched an... Read more »

Burnbook app: What parents need to know about this problematic app

Burnbook app: What parents need to know about this problematic app
Update as of 4/1/15: It appears that iTunes has taken down Burnbook but it is still available on Google Play. The app Burnbook is causing problems, with anonymous posters cyberbullying users and making violent threats that have closed schools and led to lock downs in California, Texas, Oregon and elsewhere in just the past week.... Read more »
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"Be a watcher": Message from Bangor Police to parents about kids' online behavior

"Be a watcher": Message from Bangor Police to parents about kids' online behavior
I recently started following the Bangor, Maine Police Department on Facebook because my friend Kerri who writes Cancer Is Not A Gift shared a few of their posts and they were really funny. One post today, however, was more serious. It was from the Computer Crime Unit and addressed why parents need to be involved... Read more »

Fun, non-candy items for Easter baskets for tweens and teens

Not only will these 9 ideas make your kid happy, but none of the suggestions are candy or sugar, so your dentist will thank you, as well.
Last year, I shared ideas for cheap and easy items to put in the Easter baskets of your tweens and teens. You can’t give the same items year after year, so here are new ideas for fun, non-candy items for Easter baskets for tweens and teens. These won’t break the bank and are easy to... Read more »

Inhalant abuse: Why and how parents should talk with kids

Inhalant abuse: Why and how parents should talk with kids
It is National Inhalants and Poisons Awareness Week, which is new to many despite the fact that over 2.6 million children, aged 12 – 17, use an inhalant each year to get high. Inhalants tend to be the first drug kids try, and it often starts in middle school. In fact, 59% of children are... Read more »
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Dr. Tina Payne Bryson: Reframe discipline as teaching, not just punishment

Dr. Tina Payne Bryson: Reframe discipline as teaching, not just punishment
In today’s society, the term “discipline” is often synonymous with punishment. But parenting expert Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D., says that is not necessarily the best way to look at it, and it isn’t giving our kids the help and skills they need. Dr. Bryson is the co-author of The Whole-Brain Child and No-Drama Discipline: The... Read more »

9 profound Albert Einstein quotes in honor of his birthday

Albert Einstein was born on March 14, 1879, in Württemberg, Germany. In addition to be being a genius physicist, he was  In honor of the Nobel Prize winner’s birthday, here are nine profound Albert Einstein quotes. I hope my tween takes these inspirational words of wisdom to heart. You May Also Like: Memorable quotes by... Read more »

6 ways to celebrate Pi Day 2015

6 ways to celebrate Pi Day 2015
Pi Day falls on March 14 every year. But this year, Pi Day 2015 is even more special than usual because it will be March, 14, 2015, which can be written 3-14-15. This happens only once in a century. Pi is the Greek letter “π,” and in mathematics it represents the ratio of the circumference... Read more »
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The app Yik Yak is still popular and still a problem

The app Yik Yak is still popular and still a problem
The app Yik Yak is back in the news again, and it is still a place where hateful comments are found in abundance. For those who aren’t familiar, Yik Yak is a free mobile app that lets users send and read anonymous messages. There are no profiles and no names are attached to any posts.... Read more »