Archive for June 2012

Supreme Court and Obamacare - does your tween care?

Supreme Court and Obamacare - does your tween care?
The U.S. Supreme Court released a decision on Obamacare this morning.  Perhaps even this momentous legal event serves as a reminder that tween tendencies don’t stop when high school starts.  They can be found just about anywhere. It is complicated, just like tweens. Its impact on the future is unclear (will states pass up the... Read more »

Product Review: Ottilie & Lulu Skin and Hair Products for Tweens

Product Review: Ottilie & Lulu Skin and Hair Products for Tweens
Ottilie & Lulu is a company producing skin and hair care products specifically for tweens.  To be honest, I didn’t even know that there were such products but I definitely saw the need.  I asked at my salon one time what products the stylist recommended for my daughter and was told to use adult product. ... Read more »

Way too in touch with my inner tween

Sometimes, life imitates blog and this past month that is definitely the case.  I am far more in touch with my inner tween than I ever thought or wanted to be. I previously mentioned that I was diagnosed in May with basal cell carcinoma. I’m having Mohs surgery tomorrow to remove it from my face,... Read more »
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Dads make themselves heard above the crowd

Parenting a tween is tough, for moms, dads, stepmoms and stepdads. Today, a special shout out to the dads and stepdads (or Bonusdad, as he’s called in our home).  Dads and stepdads don’t have it easy in the tween world, when it seems like they’re often hit with the pendulum of swinging hormones, flummoxed by... Read more »

No minimum age for body piercing? Ouch!

Sometimes this blog covers topics that parents of tweens would prefer to not think about, but of which we should be aware.  Today’s topic  in that category: body piercing. The mere thought of it makes me cringe.  The thought of my tween having it done without my knowledge makes me feel far, far worse. 34... Read more »

Does your tween have Bieber Fever?

Justin Bieber. Merely say his name and somewhere, tween girls will shriek.  Bieber Fever is apparently still highly contagious.  His free concert in Mexico City’s famous Zocalo on Monday drew more than 200,000.  Fans ages 10 to 14, and their parents, comprised a most of that incredibly large audience. And the Beliebers, as his fans... Read more »
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Fallout from Facebook permitting tweens to join

Last week, Facebook said that it was changing its rules and officially permitting tweens to have accounts.  Apparently, 7.5 million tweens have beaten Facebook to the punch and  We weren’t the only ones talking about this development.  Here are a few of our favorite items on the web on the topic: Against letting tweens on... Read more »

Phineas and Ferb appeal to tweens and parents

Phineas and Ferb appeal to tweens and parents
“There’s 104 days of summer vacation” That’s how the Phineas and Ferb theme song starts, and the start of summer vacation saw Phineas & Ferb in the top spot as the #1 Twitter trend of the week, according to Ad Age’s Twitter Week in Review. “Phineas and Ferb” is an animated show on the Disney... Read more »

My Tween is a daydream believer

I asked my tween to make the list of things she could do around the house this summer during the hours I’m working.  Working from home with an early tween on the premises is an interesting proposition, and my hope was that she could refer to the list instead of me for ideas to keep... Read more »
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How old is old enough to stay home alone?

A right of tween passage is being left home alone.  Another right of tween passage is often the first babysitting job. But at what age should those happen, and do parents get to decide? Or does the state law determine when your tween is ready to be left without parental supervision, or when they become... Read more »