Archive for December 2016

Survival kit for parents of tweens

Survival kit for parents of tweens
When you enter the realm of parenting a tween, it feels a bit like entering a foreign country. Everything is different: the rules, the expectations, the language, the person who used to be your sweet little one. When advising someone on what to pack for the journey that is parenting in the space of children... Read more »

The most popular posts on Between Us Parents in 2016

The most popular posts on Between Us Parents in 2016
I know that some people are more than happy to see 2016 go, and others are feeling a little more charitable toward this year, but one thing seems true for pretty much everyone – this past trip around the sun was certainly not boring. It hasn’t been boring around the Between Us Parents blog, either.... Read more »

Parenting resolutions inspired by Hamilton: An American Musical

Parenting resolutions inspired by Hamilton: An American Musical
One of our family’s favorite parts of 2016 was listening to the Hamilton: An American Musical soundtrack, so often that we all have it memorized. It’s been a soundtrack to this sometimes crazy year, and it will continue to be so well into the future. We are excited to see the show in Chicago in the... Read more »
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Worries of Christmases past

Worries of Christmases past
At this time a decade ago, I worried about the dreaded Santa request switcheroo that preschoolers are known to pull at the last minute. I feared that my preschooler would decide that she no longer wanted a princess dress and opt for something else. If I wasn’t on my toes and able to anticipate any last minute needs,... Read more »

11 books for teens that make great gifts

11 books for teens that make great gifts
Picking out a perfect book for an adolescent can be a tough task. The good news is that there are all kinds of wonderful YA books out, and there’s something that will cater to pretty much every kid, even the ones who don’t love to read. Here are eleven books for teens that make great gifts.... Read more »

Advice on parenting teens from an Uber driver (with an assist from Bob Marley)

Advice on parenting teens from an Uber driver (with an assist from Bob Marley)
Parenting information and wisdom comes from all different kinds of sources. I recently received some very valuable advice on parenting teens from an Uber driver. I got into the car at the airport and Andrew, my driver, was chatty. With Bob Marley playing on the radio, he mentioned his daughter who is in her twenties. We still... Read more »
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Printable Christmas Scavenger Hunt Clues, 2016 Edition

Printable Christmas Scavenger Hunt Clues, 2016 Edition
One of my favorite holiday traditions from my childhood was a scavenger hunt on Christmas Eve that sent us all over the house and ended with finding one present to open, often something that could be enjoyed by the whole family. Sharing the clues that we will use in our annual Christmas Scavenger Hunt is now... Read more »

Inspiring quotes by Coach John Wooden

Inspiring quotes by Coach John Wooden
This evening we were talking with our high school freshman about how one approaches studying matters as much if not more than how long one spends studying. She was nodding with that vacant look in her eye that all parents know means that the message isn’t really getting processed. (Grrrrrrr. But that’s a topic/rant for another blog post.)... Read more »

8 Christmas commercials that will move you to tears

8 Christmas commercials that will move you to tears
Commercials are designed to sell products, of course, but during the holidays they can also be touching reflections about what really matters in this season. Some of them are more like very short films, with online versions lasting longer than a quick television spot and taking just enough time to have a big emotional impact.... Read more »
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