Archive for October 2015

Ways kids can trick or treat for charity

Ways kids can trick or treat for charity
Trick or treating is often all about the candy, but as kids get older and more aware of the world around them, they have the opportunity to make a difference and do good when they trick or treat for charity. Here are some different ways kids can trick or treat for charity: Trick or Treat... Read more »

Why I think Amy Poehler and I would be good friends

Why I think Amy Poehler and I would be good friends
Tonight is ChicagoNow’s Blogapalooza, a monthly event at which bloggers are given a topic and one hour to write a blog post on it. Tonight’s challenge: “Write a letter to a celebrity (rock star, politician, athlete, movie star, etc.) convincing them you should become best friends.” Dear Amy Poehler, I suspect that your friend card... Read more »

Teens make Island Impact through Sandals Foundation volunteenism program

Teens make Island Impact through Sandals Foundation volunteenism program
“As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.” – Audrey Hepburn I adore that quote from Audrey Hepburn, who was known for her amazing humanitarian work, and I was thrilled that this past weekend my daughter got a chance to help others... Read more »
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Roundup of great pieces about parenting tweens and teens

We took a family vacation and returned in the wee hours this morning. I’ll be sharing more about our trip soon, but reentry has been a bit rough and I’m still recovering. While I work on clearing the cobwebs from my brain, here are some great pieces about parenting tweens and teens by more rested... Read more »

Thoughts I had in the first 24 hours my kid had an Instagram account

Thoughts I had in the first 24 hours my kid had an Instagram account
I think “Put a shirt on!” is the modern-day version of an old person yelling “Get off my lawn!” That’s just one of the many thoughts I had in the first 24 hours that my kid had an Instagram account. My newly minted teen was pretty excited to get online, and a few months after... Read more »

Favorite articles about parenting from the web this week

I’ve seen some great posts online this week and wanted to share a few of my favorite teen parenting articles that I’ve found helpful, interesting or humorous. What Does it Mean to Be a Kid in the Digital Age? by Paula Lee and Yalda T. Uhls on HIPPO Reads Yalda T. Uhls is Director of... Read more »
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5 quotes by Chicago Cubs Manager Joe Maddon that also apply to parenting

5 quotes by Chicago Cubs Manager Joe Maddon that also apply to parenting
The Chicago Cubs just won the NLDS and are looking to make good on the Back to the Future prediction that the Cubs win the 2015 World Series. The Cubs last won the World Series in 1908, so you can imagine how excited the Windy City is at the prospect of ending the drought. Many... Read more »

Tween Us is now Between Us Parents, a blog for parents of older kids

Three and a half years ago, I started this blog. It’s amazing how much growth can happen in that amount of time. My daughter is older and significantly taller, as are the kids of many of the Tween Us readers. And as our kids grow, our interests have changed and evolved, too. My daughter is... Read more »

9 reasons to talk about sex with your kids

9 reasons to talk about sex with your kids
Please help me welcome back Beth Meleski with a great guest post today tackling an important subject: why you should talk about sex with your kids. I love her humor and straight shooting style, and I bet you will, too.  Recently, a friend was telling me about a conversation she had with another mother, the... Read more »
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Chief Safety Officer at Ask.fm discusses changes to the popular social networking site

Chief Safety Officer at Ask.fm discusses changes to the popular social networking site
It’s no secret that I am not a fan of Ask.fm, a social networking site that’s very popular with teens and that allows people to ask questions of others anonymously. When I wrote my first post about Ask.fm (which you can find here), it was under different ownership than it is now. Ask.fm is a... Read more »