Archive for October 2016

7 life lessons from "It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" for older kids

7 life lessons from "It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" for older kids
“It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. It’s a classic that has held up for decades for a reason – it’s awesome. Okay, maybe there are several reasons. In addition to being entertaining and having lots of heart, there’s a lot of truth in this Halloween show. Here are a few... Read more »

Songs for parents of teens and tweens

Songs for parents of teens and tweens
“Pick a song (or songs) that has special meaning to you and explain why.” That’s the topic for tonight’s blogapalooza here at ChicagoNow. A few months ago, I compiled songs about hopes and dreams for children as they grow up in a post, and that sparked a discussion on the Between Us Parents Facebook page.... Read more »

Good advice for parents from Joe Maddon as Cubs head to World Series

Good advice for parents from Joe Maddon as Cubs head to World Series
I rather adore Joe Maddon, the manager of the Chicago Cubs and leader who has guided the Cubs to their first World Series appearance since 1948. Last year I shared quotes from Maddon that applied to parenting. With the team’s success this year, he has offered up even more nuggets of wisdom this season that... Read more »
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Favorite recent reads about raising tweens and teens

Favorite recent reads about raising tweens and teens
Pour yourself a cup of something delicious or grab a treat and check out some of my favorite recent reads about raising tweens and teens. What I love about these posts is that they offer a lot of information on how to make things better, from improving your relationship, encouraging your kids to get more sleep,... Read more »

Why all kids should see Anthony Rizzo apologize to MLB umpire

Why all kids should see Anthony Rizzo apologize to MLB umpire
Even if you aren’t a baseball fan, Chicago Cubs’ first baseman Anthony Rizzo’s apology to an umpire last night is worth paying attention to and sharing with your tweens and teens. The Cubs are battling the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League Championship Series, and the winner heads to the World Series. In last night’s game,... Read more »

On headlines and hopes for my teen daughter

On headlines and hopes for my teen daughter
In the years I’ve been writing this blog, I’ve said several times that headlines can be great opportunities for starting conversations with our kids, and I’ve used them for blog topics. At the same time, I’ve really, really tried to be respectful. I acknowledge that everyone has their own unique perspective of the world, approach... Read more »
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12 quotes about running a marathon (or watching one)

12 quotes about running a marathon (or watching one)
This weekend, my husband (the other half of the parenting team in this house) will run the Chicago Marathon. He and approximately 40,000 other runners will traverse 26.2 miles of pavement through 29 Chicago neighborhoods. My teen and I will be cheering him on, along with around 1.7 million other spectators, according to RedEye. The... Read more »

I've been missing a key piece of the kindness puzzle: kindness to self

I've been missing a key piece of the kindness puzzle: kindness to self
Readers of this blog probably know that I beat the kindness drum a fair amount around my house. In fact, at 6:30 this morning as my daughter headed down the driveway, I hollered at the back of her head and big pink backpack, “Have a good day and be kind!” When talking about the challenges... Read more »

45 things to do at Walt Disney World with teens and tweens

Let your tweens and teens man the camera for the day. Their perspective of the park can be very cool. Also, take some to explore around Cinderella's Castle. There is so much detail, and my kiddo was delighted to find Gus and Jaq and other characters hidden in the architecture.
Walt Disney World opened in Florida on October 1, 1971. Epcot opened on October 1, 1982. In honor of its 45th birthday, here are 45 things to do at Walt Disney World Resort with teens and tweens that they will love. There are a lot of attractions that didn’t make this list. Some kids may adore... Read more »
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