Archive for December 2015

Top 10 favorite blog posts of 2015

Top 10 favorite blog posts of 2015
On this last day of 2015, I’m having fun looking back on the past year. I’ve written more than 130 blog posts for Between Us Parents here this year, and while they can’t all be gems, I’m opting to focus on the positive. Here are my ten of my favorite blog posts from 2015: *... Read more »

Why I choose to show affection for my husband, even if it grosses out my daughter

Why I choose to show affection for my husband, even if it grosses out my daughter
“You made a million choices in 2015. Write about one of them.” That is my assignment for tonight’s Blogapalooza, a monthly writing exercise during which the bloggers of ChicagoNow are given the same topic and exactly one hour to publish a post on that topic. When I first saw this topic, I immediately thought of... Read more »

Roundup of great posts on parenting teens and tweens

Here are some great articles I’ve seen online this month about the challenges and awesomeness of raising teenagers (and tweens). Parents of Teenagers, Stuck Taking Out the Emotional Trash by Lisa Damour on Motherlode,  the New York Times’s parenting blog “Both neuroscience and common sense tell us that the teenage years are often characterized by... Read more »
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The power of positive thinking and growth mindset in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (don't worry, no spoilers!)

The power of positive thinking and growth mindset in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (don't worry, no spoilers!)
I got to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens this afternoon, and I loved it, like the vast majority of movie goers and critics. The film has a 95% Rotten Tomatoes score and set a new all-time domestic debut record with an estimated $238M. With a five-day international debut of $279M, the film has taken... Read more »

Printable Christmas scavenger hunt clues, 2015 edition

Printable Christmas scavenger hunt clues, 2015 edition
This year’s printable Christmas scavenger hunt clues are here! The Christmas scavenger hunt has been a Christmas Eve tradition in my family for decades, and it ended with my brother and I getting to open one special present that evening. You can get the background and fun reasons why you should do a scavenger hunt... Read more »

After School App: What parents need to know

After School App: What parents need to know
After School App is a popular free app, with 75% of high schools having pages and millions of teens using it, all anonymously. And there are some issues with it. How it works: High schools have message boards and posts can be made only by students at that school. The app verifies that the user... Read more »
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Lessons I've learned as a parent of a teen with a new Instagram account

Lessons I've learned as a parent of a teen with a new Instagram account
Earlier this week I shared some of the lessons my teen daughter has learned in her first few months of having an Instagram account. Turns out that she’s the not the only one who did did the learning. I have also learned a few things from her first foray into social media. 1. Even 13... Read more »

5 lessons my teen has learned after using Instagram for 3 months

5 lessons my teen has learned after using Instagram for 3 months
My daughter hopped on Instagram not too long after she turned 13, the required age for users to have an Instagram account. (Yes, I am the mean rule-following mom who made her wait, and you can read why here.) While we check in with her regularly about her account and can see what she posts,... Read more »

You're not alone if the news makes you want to hug your kids and hold on longer than usual

You're not alone if the news makes you want to hug your kids and hold on longer than usual
At first, I thought I had a love/hate relationship with my child’s 8th grade social studies teacher. I quickly realized I was wrong. He’s great, a truly good and caring individual and I love that he is working to make his students informed, educated citizens. It’s the “informed” part that’s tricky for me, though, because... Read more »
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3 good TEDx talks about kids and technology

There is so very much to think about when it comes to our kids and technology, and three people who have made the topic the subject of their career have tackled different aspects of that conversation in their TEDx talks. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a... Read more »