Archive for April 2015

Why talking with kids about tech needs to be an ongoing conversation

Why talking with kids about tech needs to be an ongoing conversation
I think one thing that surprises me about parenting is the repetition. Everything gets repeated. While I expected this with babies and toddlers, I’m a little surprised at how often I find myself repeating the same things over and over to my tween. I realize that if I really thought back to when I was... Read more »

I was wrong about One Direction and their staying power

I was wrong about One Direction and their staying power
“I want to get tickets to the One Direction concert,” my daughter said. The year was 2012, and she was referring to the One Direction performance scheduled for July 2013. My husband later asked if we should get the tickets for her. “No!” I scoffed. “Boy bands come and go, and the child is very... Read more »

Why I won't let my kid lie to get around the age requirement for social media

Why I won't let my kid lie to get around the age requirement for social media
Our family rules are posted on the wall in our house. Yes, that’s them right there, and please note that the very first rule is “Always tell the truth.” I firmly believe that honesty is the best policy. I don’t like lying, and that is one reason why my 12-year-old does not have accounts on... Read more »
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A letter to the parents of my daughter's friends

A letter to the parents of my daughter's friends
Dear parents of friends of my daughter, Our daughters are both seventh graders, attend the same junior high school and are friends with each other. I hear about your daughter when talking with mine at the dinner table or while chatting in the car on the way to rehearsal.  I see your child when she... Read more »

5 resources for parents talking with kids about alcohol for Alcohol Responsibility Month

5 resources for parents talking with kids about alcohol for Alcohol Responsibility Month
Approximately 10 percent of 12-year-olds say they have tried alcohol, but by age 15, that number jumps to 50 percent. Research has shown that kids who have conversations with their parents and learn a lot about the dangers of alcohol and drug use are 50% less likely to use alcohol and drugs than those who... Read more »

Roundup of great posts about tweens and teens

Roundup of great posts about tweens and teens
Looking for some good reads about tweens and teens but don’t feel like sifting through the web to find them? Fear not, I’ve got you covered. Here are some great posts about tweens and teens that have caught my attention in the past two weeks that you may find helpful, entertaining, or both. “9 Lessons... Read more »
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10 interesting stats about teens, technology and social media usage

10 interesting stats about teens, technology and social media usage
The Pew Research Center released the Teens, Social Media & Technology Overview 2015 on April 9, 2015. It shines a light on the ways our kids are using smart phones and the internet, and how connected they are via social media. The report defines “teens” as those ages 13 to 17, and it surveyed more... Read more »

12-year-olds share their opinions of social media, and some are surprising

This video from WNYC explores the world of tweens and smartphones through the eyes of a group of 12 year-olds from New York City. Like tweens themselves, it is fascinating, a bit surprising, somewhat predictable and with its contradictions. Watching this video together could be a great conversation starter with your kids and a great way... Read more »

Tempering the college admissions mania, which has reached junior high

Tempering the college admissions mania, which has reached junior high
My daughter recently expressed some concern about college, and the fact that she does not know where she wants to attend. It was a topic of discussion at her lunch table, and many of her friends shared that their sights are set on big name schools.  My child seemed to feel that she was behind... Read more »
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5 favorite parenting posts from the web this week

5 favorite parenting posts from the web this week
Tween Us is taking a bit of a spring break this week, but I’ve been reading some great pieces on parenting tweens and teens that I wanted to share. In the past, many of us have commented on how there isn’t nearly as much good content on the web for parents of older kids as... Read more »