Archive for August 2015

Just how much sleep do tweens and teens need? And why?

Just how much sleep do tweens and teens need? And why?
I am an evangelist for sleep. I believe whole-heartedly in the power of a good night’s rest. So of course I was thrilled when the topic for tonight’s ChicagoNow blogapalooza was “Write about sleep.”  I think sleep is valuable for everyone, but especially so for our tweens and teens. How much sleep tweens and teens... Read more »

One Direction concert at Soldier Field: A parent's perspective

One Direction concert at Soldier Field: A parent's perspective
Last night my newly-minted teenage daughter enjoyed her birthday present: tickets to the One Direction concert at Soldier Field in Chicago, a stop on their On The Road Again Tour. While many girls have moved on from Niall, Harry, Louis, and Liam, there are still some very devoted Directioners and my daughter and her best... Read more »

What my tween read this summer

<strong><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/162517828X/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=162517828X&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=twus-20&amp;linkId=7M3JV2YURJOAM7OX" target="_blank">New Girl on Salt Flat Road</a></strong> by Marcy Winograd and Jackie Hirtz

This book is a sequel to 2012's <a href="http://www.chicagonow.com/tween-us/2012/11/gift-idea-lola-zola-lemonade-crush/" target="_blank"><em>Lola Zola and the Lemonade Crush</em></a>. <br><br>My twee daughter thought it was fun to pick up with a character a bit later and discover what happened to her. She also found the characters relatable, and said she thinks that there are similar people in most tween's lives. I thought the book was a modern day Judy Blume-esque book for girls dealing with all the changes puberty brings, including developing bodies to developing romantic feelings.
I have always loved curling up with a good book on a hot and lazy summer day, and I’m very grateful that we had many chances to do so this summer. Following the advice of Maggie McGuire, Vice President at Scholastic, I tried to give my tween free reign when it came to book selection,... Read more »
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Ground rules for social media now that my kid is 13

Ground rules for social media now that my kid is 13
My daughter counted down the days until she turned 13, and each morning would announce the number of days left until she reached the momentous occasion. With the days dwindling, I was face to face with the fact that being a teen meant that she was, technically, of the required age to have social media... Read more »

"Great minds don't think alike" and other favorite quotes from Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

"Great minds don't think alike" and other favorite quotes from Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt is the first selection for the Tween Us book club. One thing I loved about the book was the sprinkling of of truth nuggets throughout. There was a lot of wisdom in the book. Here are a few of my favorite quotes from Fish in a Tree,... Read more »

What parenting a 12-year-old is actually like

What parenting a 12-year-old is actually like
I have spent the past 363 days living with a 12-year-old, and reflecting back on this year, I realize that my expectations of parenting a 12-year-old were very different from the reality, and in a good way.  Here’s what parenting a 12-year-old was actually like this past year. What I thought having a 12-year-old would... Read more »
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Preventing and Treating Pimples: What to Teach Your Kids

Preventing and Treating Pimples: What to Teach Your Kids
Pimples are a natural part of growing up, but they are definitely not fun, at any age. They can be physically painful, and they can take a toll mentally or emotionally as well. It’s important to teach your kids not only how to treat them, but also how to prevent them in the first place... Read more »

Fish in a Tree discussion guide and book club questions

Fish in a Tree discussion guide and book club questions
The first Tween Us Book Club book selection is Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt. I really hope that you and your tweens are able to participate and have picked up with the book, or the audio book, that tells the story of Ally Nickerson, who struggles with learning differences, and her classmates... Read more »

Can parasites invade your tween's eye? What you need to know about Acanthamoeba keratitis

Can parasites invade your tween's eye? What you need to know about Acanthamoeba keratitis
Today I’m taking my tween to the opthamologist for her annual vision check. I allowed her to get contacts and while she’s loving them, I’ve always been concerned about her taking proper care and precautions when it comes to caring for her eyes, especially with contacts. My caution came in part from having a family... Read more »
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At the top of the Ferris wheel of summer

At the top of the Ferris wheel of summer
I have a confession: As a child, I was always very excited to return to school. While others bemoaned the end of summer and the diminished freedom of fall, I felt the rush that comes with the purchase of new school supplies and looked forward to the return to the familiar routine of the academic... Read more »