Archive for May 2015

11 ways to make summer reading fun and meaningful for kids

<b>Focus on the Fun</b>
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Parents need to have a positive attitude and view reading as fun. If they see it as work, chances are kids will feel the same.<br><br>“Summer is the perfect time to focus on the fun of reading,” McGuire says. “Pleasure comes first, like all the other things that are sticky with kids.” The more they have fun with it, the more they’ll read, and the more they read, the more they will develop their literary skills and abilities.
We know that it’s important for kids to read even when school is out so that there is no summer slide. That is sometimes easier said than done, though. Maggie McGuire is a Vice President at Scholastic, mom of two tween boys, and former middle school language arts teacher, so she has experienced summer reading... Read more »

Water safety tips for families of tweens

Water safety tips for families of tweens
With Memorial Day over and the end of the school year in sight for many of us (if not already here), our focus has shifted to summer fun. That most often involves swimming and water, but just because our kids are older doesn’t mean that we parents can completely let down our guard. My friend... Read more »

How to stop eye rolling from your adolescent

How to stop eye rolling from your adolescent
A parent identifying herself as a tween mom recently emailed asking for a “solution to solve the back talk / eye roll rude tween behavior that appears suddenly.” She wanted a step-by-step solution. I’m afraid that each child and each family is different, so there may not be one approach that works for everyone, but... Read more »
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Thoughts on the Memorial Day parade

Thoughts on the Memorial Day parade
Tomorrow morning we will wake up bright and early and load the lawn chairs into the car. We will wear some combination of red, white and blue. (Well, I will, my husband may leave the patriotic dressing to me.) And we will head off to our town’s Memorial Day parade. This will be the second... Read more »

Why parents should talk with kids about money

Why parents should talk with kids about money
There’s an old adage that states you shouldn’t talk about politics, religion or money if you want to get along with everyone. But the same is not true when it comes to parenting, and talking about money is the focus of The Opposite of Spoiled: Raising Kids Who Are Grounded, Generous, and Smart About Money, a... Read more »

Inside Out Emotion Garden at Epcot Inspired by Movie about Tweens

Inside Out Emotion Garden at Epcot Inspired by Movie about Tweens
It is no secret that I’m really excited about the Pixar movie Inside Out that will be released in theaters on June 16, 2015, as I’ve written about here. This movie is totally up my alley – it’s about what goes on inside the mind of the a tween girl named Riley and is the... Read more »
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3 great articles on educating middle and high school students

3 great articles on educating middle and high school students
With the conclusion of PARCC testing last week, the realization that there are just a few weeks left in the school year, and reminders from school to order supplies for next year, it feels like education is center stage right now in my house. If my Facebook feed is any indication, it’s a hot topic... Read more »

Today is my blogiversary and I have something to say: Thank you

Today is my blogiversary and I have something to say: Thank you
Dear Tween Us Readers, Today is my blogiversary. On this date three years, I published my first post on Tween Us. (You can read the very first post on the definition of “tween” here, even if it does make me cringe just a bit.) I have to admit that I had no idea where this... Read more »

For Mother's Day, 7 quotes about motherhood

Our mothers are tremendously important to us, but expressing in words what they mean to us can be difficult. I know I find it hard to adequately convey what my amazing mom means to me. Thankfully, there are eloquent people who have helped by saying wonderful things about mothers. Here are seven quotes about motherhood... Read more »
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In online communication, Kindness Wins and so does the book of the same name

In online communication, Kindness Wins and so does the book of the same name
Please help me welcome today’s guest poster Beth Meleski, a writer from New Jersey who is in the tween parenting trenches. I’m grateful for her review of Kindness Wins by Galit Breen, a book about how we should teach our kids to behave online. _______________________ A few days ago, I pissed someone off. I mean I... Read more »