My version of a Chrismtas mircale: My tween decided to visit Santa after all

My version of a Chrismtas mircale: My tween decided to visit Santa after all
A few weeks ago, my daughter announced that she was done visiting Santa. I wrote about it here and expressed my sadness, but I accepted her decision. She had gone for 12 years, and a dozen visits was enough. She was right that she was getting a bit big for the practice, and was clear... Read more »

11 Beautiful Christmas quotes

Christmas is a magical time of year and that can be captured in a number of ways, be it in music or images or words. Here are some beautiful Christmas quotes by some pretty fabulous people. Which one is your favorite? Wishing you a peaceful and joyous season! YOU MAY ALSO LIKE: 10 fun facts... Read more »

7 of my tween's favorite things this week

<a href="http://www.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=6276&pid=988106002">Tagxedo</a> is a website that lets you type in words and makes places them into shapes. You can do a bird like this, apple, heart, outline of the United States, all kinds of cool stuff.  My tween made some images for her friends as holiday gifts. I love that they're thoughtful and fun but don't cost a thing. She could do these for hours.
“Rain drops of roses and whiskers on kittens, bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens…”  Whether or not “My Favorite Things” is a Christmas song is a topic of great debate in my family, but I’m going to go with “yes” for purposes of this blog post and share some of my tween’s favorite things... Read more »
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Secret Santa, tween girl style

Secret Santa, tween girl style
My daughter and the 10 other seventh grade girls who sit at her lunch table decided to have a a Secret Santa gift exchange, with a $10 limit. They put names in a hat and drew them today, with the gift exchange scheduled for lunch on Friday, the last day of school before the holiday... Read more »

Happy 12-13-14!

Happy 12-13-14!
Today is December 13, 2014.  That makes the date 12-13-14. Cool, right? But it’s more than cool, it’s the very last time this century that the there will be a sequential date. There’s no 13th month, so no chance of 13-14-15. Today, 12-13-14, will be the last sequential date written MM-DD-YY for 89 years, meaning... Read more »

iBbeautiful subscription box for tween and teens is full of fun and inspiration

iBbeautiful subscription box for tween and teens is full of fun and inspiration
Subscription boxes for tweens and teens are taking off, and I’m a fan of them, hence why I recommended them as great holiday gifts. The iBbeautiful subscription box is aimed at girls, and I wondered if it would be a hit with my tween daughter. That was really dumb of me, because my tween loved... Read more »
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Printable Christmas scavenger hunt clues for present finding fun

Printable Christmas scavenger hunt clues for present finding fun
It’s that time of year again – the trees are lit, the stocking are hung, presents are bought, and the scavenger hunt clues are done. It wouldn’t be Christmas in our house without the traditional Christmas scavenger hunt for presents. Having to follow clues and search all over (and sometimes outside) the house is a... Read more »

When your kid is too old to visit Santa

When your kid is too old to visit Santa
Parenting a tween means trying to figure out when to hold your offspring close and when to let them fly, and determining what you should insist upon and what you should let go. It’s the “letting go” part that I find to be hardest, and that’s especially true at the holidays. There are so many... Read more »

Celebrate 50 years of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer with these 10 fun facts

Celebrate 50 years of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer with these 10 fun facts
I play favorites. I know I shouldn’t but I can’t help myself. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is far and away my favorite Christmas TV special. I adore it, and Rudolph. Today marks the 50th anniversary of the first airing of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. It’s aging well, don’t you think? The special occasion is being... Read more »
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Hour of Code: Fun coding websites and resources for kids

Hour of Code: Fun coding websites and resources for kids
Learning computer programming, also called coding, is becoming increasingly easy and also fun for kids and parents alike with more and more websites and apps offering opportunities to code. Coding has many benefits, including developing problem-solving and critical-thinking skills in kids, as well as helping them understand how the technology they enjoy is created. It... Read more »