Archive for September 2015

Thoughts on a friend from middle school with whom I've lost touch

Thoughts on a friend from middle school with whom I've lost touch
I am participating in ChicagoNow’s Blogapalooza, where all the bloggers in the ChicagoNow community are given a topic and have one hour to write a blog post. Tonight’s assignment: “Write about a friend or acquaintance from your childhood with whom you’ve lost touch.” Here’s an edited portion of an essay I wrote for the anthology... Read more »

Talking with kids about what is and isn't real on social media

Talking with kids about what is and isn't real on social media
Instagram is very popular with adolescents, and it’s not shocking to users or even casual glancers that the photo sharing app offers ways to edit your photo, as do tons of other available photo editing apps. You can crop, straighten, filter and use many other tools to get just the artistic image you want to... Read more »

On walking fine lines with kids and dealing with failure

On walking fine lines with kids and dealing with failure
“My job as parent is not to make you into a perfect kid,” I told my daughter this afternoon. “The success rate among human beings trying to create mistake-free offspring is 0%. Well, at least that’s the rate among those of us who aren’t delusional. You’re never going to be perfect” “Our job as parents... Read more »
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Tween and teen parent reading list: 8 recent books worth checking out

<strong><a href="http://amzn.to/1V3Lzdp" target="_blank">The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed</a></strong> by Jessica Lahey<br><br>Our ultimate goal is to raise kids who will be responsible, resilient adults, and this book keeps that long-term goal in mind, and that means letting kids fail sometimes. I know. It's hard. Really, really hard. No parent enjoys seeing their child face plant, but Lahey's book will give you the resolve you need to let it happen, and remind you that it's really what's best for your child in the end.
There have been a lot of really interesting parenting books for parents of tweens and teens released this year. Here are a few that are on my tween and teen parent reading list for this fall. What parenting books are on your nightstand or hold list at the library? You May Also Like: Eight helpful... Read more »

Getting Invisalign has me in touch with my inner tween

Getting Invisalign has me in touch with my inner tween
I’m having serious flashbacks to my tween and teen years because a few days ago, I got my first Invisalign trays. Yup, I decided that middle age was a good time to tackle my smile. Usually orthodonture is more of a tween/teen issue, and I’ve already had braces twice, once as a tween and again... Read more »

Roundup of helpful and humorous tween and teen parenting posts

Roundup of helpful and humorous tween and teen parenting posts
Here are some tween and teen parenting posts from around the Internet that caught my eye today and that I wanted to share with you. These offer help for raising healthy kids and some much needed humor. Helpful Disallowing Your Tween to Sit in the Front Seat Isn’t About Privilege, It’s About Their Bone Structure by... Read more »
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What parents need to know about the Periscope app: 6 Lessons learned after using it for a few months

What parents need to know about the Periscope app: 6 Lessons learned after using it for a few months
Live streaming apps are popular and Periscope has emerged as arguably the most popular one, with others including Meerkat, Livestreaming, and UStream.. I decided to try out Periscope, thus making it far less cool in the eyes of the younger set. I think that actually using apps is the best way to understand them and... Read more »

Advice from Brené Brown on empathizing with your kids when they're heartbroken

Advice from Brené Brown on empathizing with your kids when they're heartbroken
Last week, I got to see Brené Brown speak, and the research professor, author, speaker, wife and mom of two was every bit as amazing as I had hoped she would be. She spoke about a variety of topics related to her new book Rising Strong, which addresses how to not only get up but rise... Read more »

Calculator% app warning from Alabama DA illustrates challenge of parenting in digital age

I’m thrilled that online safety for our kids is becoming a bigger part of our national conversation, as illustrated by this week’s viral video from Blount County District Attorney Pamela Casey in Alabama. DA Casey has made it her mission to help parents, and she does a weekly video discussing phone safety and the latest... Read more »
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I'm wobbling on the tightrope that is parenting teens and tweens

I'm wobbling on the tightrope that is parenting teens and tweens
When on a tight rope, the performers use a long pole to keep themselves balanced. If they do have an occasional balance check, it is rare and they take it in stride, literally. Watching them, it seems like they have laser focus on their end point and they know just how to get there. As... Read more »