Tag: parents

What parents must do to protect children from cyberbullying

Today I am very happy to welcome guest poster Kortney Peagram.  She owns a small company, Bulldog Solution, that runs anti-bullying, diversity, and leadership programs across Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. She has over 8 years of facilitation and training experience, and is sharing her advice on how parents can protect kids and tweens who... Read more »

Lola Zola and the Lemonade Crush is a great tween Spring Break book

Lola Zola and the Lemonade Crush is a great tween Spring Break book
Lola Zola and the Lemonade Crush is a  novel by Marcy Winograd and Jackie Hirtz aimed at middle grade students.  My tween very much enjoyed the novel that features sixth grade heroine Lola Zola who sets up a lemonade stand to make money when both her parents are laid off from their jobs. Although the... Read more »

Would you object to your kid doing yoga in school?

Would you object to your kid doing yoga in school?
Yoga is becoming an increasingly popular exercise for tweens. They benefit from the breathing, stretching and mindfulness, which can help counter some tween angst and help them more calmly navigate the choppy waters of adolescence.  The tween years are a great time for yoga, according to Paula Walker, yoga instructor at Miami-based Green Monkey yoga... Read more »
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Where there's a will, there's a social network: Instagram is the new Facebook for tweens and teens

Where there's a will, there's a social network: Instagram is the new Facebook for tweens and teens
You may have decided that your tween or teen isn’t ready for Facebook.  The world of social networking may be a bit more than they can handle right now. But have you allowed Instagram, the free photo sharing app that can be cute or artistic?  Instagram and photos are different, right? Actually, maybe not. It... Read more »

Hard part of parenting an only child: Answering the "just one?" question

Hard part of parenting an only child: Answering the "just one?" question
I’m often asked, “How many children do you have?” I always answer, “One.” Most often the questioner responds, “Just one?” People usually ask the last question as if they are incredulous. Some seem surprised when they ask the follow up, others are unsure or downright disbelieving. Some say it in their “Are you sure?” voice.... Read more »

Safety rules of behavior for parents of tweens

I’m very happy to welcome today’s guest poster Kim Estes of Savvy Parents, Safe Kids. Kim is  a child safety expert with 15 years of experience educating parents who works tirelessly to help us keep our kids safe. ——————————————————————————————————————————————- Safety is rarely convenient. Model it anyway. When it comes to teaching tweens about safety, “Practice... Read more »
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Quotes about parents from the Democratic National Convention

When I compiled quotes made by officials during the Republican National Convention about their parents, I promised to do so for the Democratic National Convention as well.  Unlike politicians from both parties, I keep my campaign promises.  Here you go! 1. “[M]y mother fought hard for civil rights so that instead of a mop, I... Read more »

Four quotes about parents from the Republican National Convention

I saw four speeches at the Republican National Convention last night given by former Gov. Mike Huckabee, Gov. Susana Martinez, former Secretary of State Condoleezzee Rice and Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan.  All paid homage to their parents. The speakers didn’t whine about being forced to finish their homework. They did not take advantage of... Read more »

Back to school shopping tips to save your money and your sanity

Back to school shopping tips to save your money and your sanity
According to a National Retail Federation report released in June, the average American family with children in kindergarten through 12th grade will spend an estimated $688.62 for back-to-school shopping, up from $603.63 last year. That’s a lot of dough.  If you’re looking to save a little, a sales tax holiday can help. Here in Illinois,... Read more »
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Join Team Bullied and End the Cycle of Fear

Join Team Bullied and End the Cycle of Fear
What started out as one blogger’s vent about her first-grade daughter’s heartbreak at being bullied for liking Star Wars became an overnight Internet phenomenon and an ex­traordinary illustration of the power of community. Now, in an effort to help the many children and adults who are caught in the cycle of bullying, Carrie Goldman, who... Read more »