Archive for June 2015

3 reasons I'm thrilled Misty Copeland was promoted to principal dancer at American Ballet Theater

3 reasons I'm thrilled Misty Copeland was promoted to principal dancer at American Ballet Theater
The American Ballet Theater today named ballerina Misty Copeland as principal dancer. Copeland, 32 years old, is the first African-American dancer to be made a principle in ABT’s 75 year history. “She has a beautiful feeling for contemporary work,” said Susan Jaffe, a former principal at Ballet Theatre, was quoted as saying in the Wall... Read more »

Why "My Kid Would Never Do That" is must see TV

Why "My Kid Would Never Do That" is must see TV
“When is ‘My Kid Would Never Do That’ going to be on again?” my 12-year-old daughter asked yesterday. “My Kid Would Never Do That” is a four part series of Dateline episodes on NBC hosted by Natalie Morales. The series puts kids, mostly teenagers but there are a few tweens and even seven year-olds, in... Read more »

Trying to raise a confident daughter when I don't feel confident about much myself

Trying to raise a confident daughter when I don't feel confident about much myself
Tonight is Blogapalooza, an event during which all ChicagoNow bloggers are given a topic and exactly one hour to write and publish a post on it. Tonight our challenge is: “Without trying to be humble, write about something you’re really good at.” And I don’t know why, but reading that made me teary. This is... Read more »
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What parents need to know about the live streaming apps Periscope and Meerkat

What parents need to know about the live streaming apps Periscope and Meerkat
The idea that Big Brother may be watching isn’t new, but new live streaming apps like Periscope and Meerkat mean it’s possible that a whole lot of other people, from your teen to people around the world, may be watching, too. Periscope’s tagline is “Explore the world in real time through someone else’s eyes.” The... Read more »

11 quotes about dads for Father's Day

11 quotes about dads for Father's Day
Happy Father’s Day! In honor of the occasion celebrating the dads, bonus dads, stepdads and father figures who matter in our lives, here are some quotes about dads for Father’s Day. Quotes about dads “My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person: he believed in me.” —Jim Valvano “I cannot think... Read more »

Reviews of Inside Out from both tweens and professional movie critics

Reviews of Inside Out from both tweens and professional movie critics
What do professional movie critics and tween girls have in common? They all gave glowing reviews of Inside Out, the Disney-Pixar film that goes inside the mind of an 11-year-old girl named Riley that was inspired by director Pete Docter’s own adolescent child and him wondering as dad of a tween, “What is going on... Read more »
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What's your role as a parent when your child is babysitting?

What's your role as a parent when your child is babysitting?
My tween daughter is taking a Safe Sitter babysitting class this week. Her first three-hour session yesterday was full of good, important information, and there’s even a test at the end of the class that they must pass to get a certificate of completion. Don’t worry, the test is open book (or handbook, in this... Read more »

Insight into Inside Out: Producer Jonas Rivera answers 7 questions about the film

Insight into Inside Out: Producer Jonas Rivera answers 7 questions about the film
“What is going on in her head?” I think pretty much every single parent of a tween has asked themselves that same question about their own kids. After the parents who work at Disney Pixar asked themselves that question about their children, they ran with it and made it into a movie, Inside Out, which... Read more »

Mind Your Own Biscuits and 5 more great life lessons in the new Kacey Musgraves' song

Mind Your Own Biscuits and 5 more great life lessons in the new Kacey Musgraves' song
“Pouring salt in my sugar won’t make yours any sweeter” is just one of many lines in Kacey Musgraves’ new song “Biscuits” that makes me want to stand up and applaud. I’m loving this new country song in part because pretty much each line makes me want to exclaim, “Amen!” I thought that the lyrics... Read more »
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The voices behind the emotions in Inside Out

The Disney Pixar film Inside Out comes out on June 19, and there’s a lot of buzz about this movie that explores what goes inside the mind of a tween from the perspective of her emotions. It got great reviews after being shown at Cannes Film Festival last month. Riley is an an 11-year-old girl... Read more »