Archive for March 2017

What parents can do to help teens prepare for the SAT & ACT

What parents can do to help teens prepare for the SAT & ACT
Standardized tests take on a whole new meaning in high school, with the SAT and/or ACT being huge components in the college application process. With the SAT coming up on April 5, I talked with Matthew Pietrafetta of Academic Approach, a test preparation and tutoring company with locations in Chicago, New York, and Boston. He... Read more »

Must-see video for teens: Geno Auriemma on attitude and body language

Must-see video for teens: Geno Auriemma on attitude and body language
“Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.” – Tim Notke Legendary University of Connecticut women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma has a philosophy that aligns with that famous quote. He shared his perspective at a press conference when speaking about how he expects his players to act. He said he expects them to be positive, passionate... Read more »

22 Easter basket ideas for teens and tweens

22 Easter basket ideas for teens and tweens
Find an updated list of 33 Easter basket ideas here. Tweens and teens may have outgrown some of the usual Easter traditions, but they never seem to be too big for fun holiday gifts. Here are fun Easter basket ideas for teens and tweens. All of these can be found on Amazon. Most were eligible for... Read more »
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Family review of Beauty and the Beast & conversation topics about the film

Family review of Beauty and the Beast & conversation topics about the film
After literally years of waiting and anticipating and preparing, my family and I were excited to finally get to see the live action Beauty and the Beast film. My daughter was beyond excited and had high expectations. My husband was far more skeptical. Looking at them side by side as the film began, I was... Read more »

What I learned when the CBS Sports site crashed and crushed my dreams of NCAA bracket glory

What I learned when the CBS Sports site crashed and crushed my dreams of NCAA bracket glory
I really love the NCAA Mens’ Basketball Tournament. March Madness is a big deal in my world, as is filling out brackets. For the first time in five years, though, I won’t have a bracket in the ChicagoNow Pool* because the CBS Sports site crashed this morning two hours before the tournament started. I hopped online... Read more »

Snow storms and teenagers are not as bad an anticipated

Snow storms and teenagers are not as bad an anticipated
Parenting a teen often invokes the same fear and trepidation that comes with a bad weather forecast. As your children approach and then reach their teenage years, you get some odd reactions from both friends and strangers when your child nears a birthday. The responses include cringing, offering sympathies, and wishing you good luck. People reacted similarly to the... Read more »
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7 interesting NCAA Tournament mascots

7 interesting NCAA Tournament mascots
March Madness is upon us. NCAA Tournament time is one of my favorite times of the year. A few years ago, I highlighted some of the more unusual mascots in that year’s field of teams. None of those teams made it this year, but there are lots of other interesting mascots in the NCAA Tournament... Read more »

6 articles about raising teens that I've read and loved this week

6 articles about raising teens that I've read and loved this week
The internet means that there is never a shortage of reading material, but we all know that quantity doesn’t always mean quality. This week, though, there were many great articles about raising teens that I’ve read and loved. One thing I appreciate is that the list below comes from a variety of sources. If you needed... Read more »

7 great TED talks by teens

<iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/woVtj8GH678" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>High school student and public education advocate Nikki Adeli addresses the important traits that standardized tests fail to measure.
This collection of great Ted talks by teens takes the phrase “Out of the mouths of babes” to a new level. This is about the great ideas that come out of the minds of teens. A tag line for all TED talks is “one simple idea can change everything.” See what ideas these inspiring teens have... Read more »
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Allow me to introduce myself and my blog

Allow me to introduce myself and my blog
Dear Reader, Welcome to Between Us Parents, a cozy corner of the internet for those raising tweens and teens. This blog has grown quite a bit recently and I’m very grateful for that. I realized, though, that I haven’t properly introduced myself or this blog to some people who may be new. So, please allow... Read more »