Archive for July 2015

7 benefits of dance class for tweens

7 benefits of dance class for tweens
My daughter is a dancer and I get a lot of people thinking that we are a few shuffle steps away from the reality television show Dance Moms, which isn’t the case. I’ve always found dance to be beneficial for my girl, but I wanted to ask a life-long dancer and dance teacher what benefits... Read more »

Interview with Dr. Michele Borba on parenting tweens, Part II: Answering reader questions

Interview with Dr. Michele Borba on parenting tweens, Part II: Answering reader questions
Yesterday, I shared Part I of my interview with Dr. Michele Borba, my favorite parenting expert and author whose approach I greatly admire. Before I spoke with her, I asked on the Tween Us Facebook page if readers had any questions that they’d like me to ask Dr. Borba, and readers offered up serious parenting... Read more »

Interview with Dr. Michele Borba on parenting tweens

Interview with Dr. Michele Borba on parenting tweens
Dr. Michele Borba is my favorite parenting expert. You may have seen her on the Today show or CNN (or countless other television shows), or perhaps you’ve seen one of her many books on the shelves of your favorite bookstore or library. She is a former classroom teacher with a wide range of teaching experience,... Read more »
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Digital Compass by Common Sense Media lets kids explore consequences of online behavior

Digital Compass by Common Sense Media lets kids explore consequences of online behavior
Digital Compass by Common Sense Media is a website and free app aimed at helping middle schoolers understand the positive and negative consequences of various online behaviors. It is structured like a choose-your-own-adventure book, and different choices take your chosen character, who lives in a fictional town called Anywhere, down both good and not-so-good paths... Read more »

Join the Tween Us Book Club by reading Fish in a Tree

Join the Tween Us Book Club by reading Fish in a Tree
When I first floated the idea of a Tween Us Book Club for both tweens and parents, there was an overwhelmingly positive response. It is now happening First things first – book selection Drum roll, please! The first Tween Us Book Club book is Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt. I’ve asked Stacey... Read more »

5 life lessons learned from playing Apples to Apples

5 life lessons learned from playing Apples to Apples
I love the game Apples to Apples. It’s a staple activity when we are together with my parents, one that all three generations enjoy with lots of laughs. After a visit with them this past week, I got to thinking about the life lessons learned from playing Apples to Apples. First, though, an overview of... Read more »
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On summer, tweens and fireflies

On summer, tweens and fireflies
I was surprised when I turned the calendar and it said July. I do realize that July is the month that follows June, fear not, but it doesn’t feel like we’ve been summering long enough for the 4th of July to already be in the rear view mirror. How is it that summer is nearly... Read more »

Round up of posts about parenting tweens and teens

Round up of posts about parenting tweens and teens
It isn’t easy parenting tweens and teens, but there are some good folks sharing their experiences and thoughts about how to do it best. Here are a few of the pieces I’ve read on the web in the past day or so that I found beneficial. Screen Addiction Is Taking a Toll on Children by... Read more »

Patriotic quotes for the 4th of July

Happy birthday, USA! Here are some patriotic quotes for the 4th of July that will make you proud to be an American. You May Also Like: A patriotic quiz for the 4th of July and 4th of July facts and trivia Prior Post: 6 great coding websites and apps for tweens and teens Please like Tween... Read more »
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6 great coding websites and apps for tweens and teens

6 great coding websites and apps for tweens and teens
My daughter’s school offered a coding class as one of this year’s summer school offerings. I was excited. She was not. Ah, tweens. The tricky thing is that they’re smart enough to argue with you. In this case, my daughter pointed out that the class description said it was “self-guided” and that she could guide... Read more »