Archive for November 2016

8 fun subscription boxes for teens and tweens, 2016 edition

8 fun subscription boxes for teens and tweens, 2016 edition
Welcome to the third annual Between Us Parents roundup of subscription boxes that are great for teens and tweens. They make great gifts for the holidays and for birthdays, graduations, and other occasions. You can find the prior years here and here. This year’s list features new suggestions not included on any previous list. All prices... Read more »

Favorite games for teens and tweens and their families

Favorite games for teens and tweens and their families
It’s National Game & Puzzle Week! It always takes place in the U.S. during Thanksgiving week, when families are gathered and ready to play together. It’s also when many people are shopping for holiday gifts, and games make a great gift. The family time that happens when playing them is priceless. Here are some of our favorite games for... Read more »

Conversation starters about Moana to use with tweens and teens

Conversation starters about Moana to use with tweens and teens
Moana is the story of a young Polynesian girl (voiced by Hawaiian actress Auli’i Cravalho) who sets out to find demigod Maui (Dwayne Johnson, aka The Rock, aka People’s Sexiest Man Alive) in order to save her island and the whole world. It’s out in theaters nationwide today. The plot is pretty straightforward but there is a lot... Read more »
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Roundup of thoughts on Thanksgiving with tweens and teens

Roundup of thoughts on Thanksgiving with tweens and teens
Here’s a round up of posts about Thanksgiving with tweens and teens that I’ve enjoyed this week. 5 Things I Do Differently at Holidays with Teens by Becky Mather on My Parenthetical “My children have different schedules and needs now that they are older. Between sports, jobs and school, they do not always have the... Read more »

Courting the Novel: How being a juvenile court judge helped inform my YA novel

Courting the Novel: How being a juvenile court judge helped inform my YA novel
I’m so excited to welcome Leora Krygier, author of the recent Young Adult novel Keep Her, which I really loved. Prior to that, she wrote “When She Sleeps” which was a New York Public Library Selection for “Best Books for the Teen Age” and “Juvenile Court – A Judge’s Guide for Young Adults and their Parents.” I was... Read more »

The lasting impact a Kristallnacht survivor had on my teen and me

The lasting impact a Kristallnacht survivor had on my teen and me
Today is the anniversary of Kristallnacht. On November 9, 1938, SA paramilitary forces and civilians smashed Jewish businesses in Nazi Germany with sledgehammers and axes. Kristallnacht means “crystal night” and “night of the broken glass.” This spring, I chaperoned my teen’s field trip to the  Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center. In addition to touring the... Read more »
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What I'm grateful for this Election Day

What I'm grateful for this Election Day
Happy Election Day, America!  It’s finally here, after what feels like the longest campaign season in history. While I know many people are approaching this day with apprehension, I’m opting for gratitude. Here’s what I’m grateful for this Election Day. I am grateful to live in a democracy. The suffragettes who fought so hard to... Read more »

They're singing Go Cubs Go: Favorite performances for the World Series champions

They're singing Go Cubs Go: Favorite performances for the World Series champions
For readers who are not fan of the Chicago Cubs, I promise we’ll be back to our regularly scheduled parenting programming  after this, but the City of Chicago is still basking the glow of the Cubs victory, and I couldn’t resist one more post about that. In my defense, this does include some tweens and teens... Read more »

Thank you note to the Chicago Cubs, World Series champs

Thank you note to the Chicago Cubs, World Series champs
Dear World Series Champion Chicago Cubs, Thank you for winning the World Series tonight. You have delighted a city and legions of fans around the world who have waited patiently for you to again reclaim the championship title after 108 years. Your combination of determination, talent, tenacity, and teamwork gave us many great memories and made us... Read more »
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