Archive for July 2016

One reason I love having teens: They can cook dinner

One reason I love having teens: They can cook dinner
When my daughter was in preschool, she liked to play restaurant. She’d scribble out a menu, and I’d order pretend food from her play kitchen. I couldn’t help but think back to that imaginary play last week when my daughter and her friend decided to team up and make dinner for their families together. This... Read more »

Chelsea Handler's advice about handling jealousy is great for tweens and teens

Jealousy is tough as an adult, and it’s tricky to know just how to help our kids deal with it. It’s normal, of course, especially in the tween and teen years when there is a great amount of peer comparison, but it’s also not an emotion that you want to let take over. This video... Read more »

Wishing songs: These tunes about hopes and dreams parents have for their kids will melt your heart

<iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/awzNHuGqoMc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><strong>Humble and Kind</strong> by Tim McGraw<Br><br>"Hold the door, say please, say thank you<br><br>
Don't steal, don't cheat, and don't lie<br><br>
I know you got mountains to climb but<br><br>
Always stay humble and kind"
Parents have a lot of wishes, hopes, and dreams for their children. Some artists have captured those parental desires for our offspring in song. They beautifully express what it’s like to watch our children growing up and our desire for it to not happen too fast. These wishing songs also capture what parents want their... Read more »
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What parents need to know about Musical.ly, the popular app

Here's how Musical.ly describes itself.
Musical.ly is a hugely popular app among tweens and teens. It can be a lot of fun and a chance to be creative and have fun, which is great, but as with all apps, there are some things to be aware of prior to using it. Here’s what parents need to know about Musical.ly. Like... Read more »

Using the Melania Trump controversy to talk about plagiarism with kids

Using the Melania Trump controversy to talk about plagiarism with kids
Plagiarism is defined as “an act or instance of using or closely imitating the language and thoughts of another author without authorization and the representation of that author’s work as one’s own, as by not crediting the original author” by dictionary.com. Today, it’s the main topic of headlines around the country after Melania Trump’s speech... Read more »

Good advice for parents of high school freshmen

Good advice for parents of high school freshmen
Sending a kid off to high school is a big step for parents, especially when doing so for the very first time. Here’s some helpful advice from those who have recently been through it and are sharing their wisdom. “Think about what time is okay for a high school senior to come in a night.... Read more »
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Thank you letter to Lin-Manuel Miranda from a grateful parent

Thank you letter to Lin-Manuel Miranda from a grateful parent
Dear Mr. Miranda, I know we are a bit late to the party but my family has recently discovered the Hamilton soundtrack in advance of the production coming to Chicago. I want to say thank you. Your work has taught my teen so very much. My family has all learned a great deal from your... Read more »

What parents need to know about Pokémon Go

What parents need to know about Pokémon Go
Pokémon Go is an app and game from Nintendo and The Pokémon Company that seems to have taken over the U.S. in record time. Pokémon Go is everywhere, and here’s what parents need to know about Pokémon Go. First, it is hugely popular. It was released last week, on July 6th, and caught on like wildfire. It’s poised... Read more »