Archive for May 2012

How much sleep do tweens need?

Now that school is out and it is officially summer in our house, I think my tween believes all rules and structure are no longer necessary in her world.  I have corrected that misconception for her.  That includes continuing to enforce a bedtime. Her desire to stay up later and later got me thinking:  Just... Read more »

Raunchy song lyrics fail to enhance end of school year picnic

Raunchy song lyrics fail to enhance end of school year picnic
Yesterday was that much-anticipated event: the last day of school. Running out of the school with joy and relief on their faces, the students were elated.  The older students, the tweens, in particular behaved as if they had just been released from prison after being wrongly convicted.  To celebrate, our neighborhood joined with a few... Read more »

Facebook age requirements are frequently violated by tweens, but Facebook doesn't make it easy to report them

Facebook age requirements are frequently violated by tweens, but Facebook doesn't make it easy to report them
My daughter said that the police officer visiting her class spoke about internet safety.  (Apparently, the officer’s visit is a weekly occurrence in the last month of school, but I have only been involved once, honest.)  The office asked how many students had Facebook accounts, and my child was surprised that at least 5 of... Read more »
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Study: Not all video games are bad for tweens; some games encourage positive behavior

Study: Not all video games are bad for tweens; some games encourage positive behavior
Feeling some guilt about letting kids play video games? There may be no need to feel bad, because depending on which games your kids are playing (or addicted to), they could be learning some positive behaviors. Psychology researchers and professors from Iowa State University have studied the impact of video games on kids ages 9-14.... Read more »

Tweens know their science

As the school year winds down, here’s a bit of good tween news: they are learning more science. According to the Nation’s Report Card (also known as National Assessment of Educational Progress),  on tests of Earth, physical, life and space science, eighth graders’ scores improved from 2009 to 2011.  The gains were small, two percentage points,... Read more »

NATO protestestors in Chicago are teaching my tween how NOT to persuade me

The NATO protestors in Chicago are providing a lot of teachable lessons for my tween on dissent and opposition.  I think they are giving her a “Here’s how not to do it” lesson to my Tween, or at least a “here’s how to unsuccessfully oppose your parent, or most authority figures.”  I recognize that the... Read more »
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Protect yourself and your tween from skin cancer

Protect yourself and your tween from skin cancer
It’s going to be sunny and in the 80s for the next three days here. As tweens and parents alike welcome the summer sunshine, please slather yourself and your tween with sunscreen, wear hats and rock some awesome sunglasses. Did you know that more cases of skin cancer will be diagnosed this year than cases... Read more »

Clothing your tween while maintaining the peace and your peace of mind

A few readers have asked about the issue of clothing tweens.  It is a big deal. Big. Deal. You want your daughter clothed and not looking like a hoochie mama. You want your son wearing something that doesn’t make you cringe.  And they have their own ideas of what they should wear. I’m still trying... Read more »

My Tween, the Police Department and Me

When I saw “Police Department” pop up on Caller ID, I got nervous. Thinking that we haven’t lived in this town all that long and wondering if my reputation had really caught up with me already, I answered. It was a police officer doing a series of presentations to my tween’s class and the teacher... Read more »
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Harry Potter, The Hunger Games and Twilight Should Thank Tweens and Their Parents

What do Harry Potter, Katniss Everdeen and Bella Swan all have in common? They owe at least a large chunk of their fame and profits to tweens.  A recent article from Investopedia said that all three of those franchises were initially successful in large due to tweens, but more specifically, tweens AND their parents. Tweens... Read more »