Archive for July 2012

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 »

Four lessons my tween can learn from Michael Phelps’ Olympic loss

Four lessons my tween can learn from Michael Phelps’ Olympic loss
The results of the men’s 400 IM in the 2012 Olympic games were not what Michael Phelps’ had hoped for.  He finished fourth, which American cyclist Taylor Phinney described earlier in the day as “the worst place you can imagine at the Olympic Games.”  Phelps’ teammate and rival, Ryan Lochte, took home the gold.  Phelps’... Read more »

OMG! Tween texting may lead to poor grammar

OMG! Tween texting may lead to poor grammar
OMG A new study shows a connection between tween cell phone texting and poor grammar. NW! Researchers reported in the current issue of New Media & Society that their study found a connection between the use of language shortcuts when texting and less than stellar language skills in middle school students. Students who texted using... Read more »
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Parenting dilemma: are mocktails are okay for tweens?

Parenting dilemma: are mocktails are okay for tweens?
My tween is having a beach-themed birthday party and she wants to serve lime slushies as one of the beverages.  She’d really like the drinks to have little umbrella in them, so they are like drinks served on the beach. “Lime slushies” are really virgin margaritas.  It’s technically a “mocktail,” a nonalcoholic beverage. My tween... Read more »

IL DOT says kids should ride in the back seat until age 13

IL DOT says kids should ride in the back seat until age 13
Do you know the law in your state about how old a child must be before he or she sits in the front seat of your vehicle? Some of her friends regularly ride in the front passenger seat of their family vehicle.  Some do not.  Lately my tween has been asking to ride in the... Read more »

Is your tween's whooping cough vaccine up to date?

Is your tween's whooping cough vaccine up to date?
Whooping cough, also known as pertussis, is making a come back, and tweens are at risk. CDC officials said Thursday that this outbreak could be the worst in 50 years and that thus far more than 18,000 cases have been reported. The whooping cough vaccine does not last forever. Has your tween received a booster... Read more »
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Parents use cell phones to keep tweens safe

Parents use cell phones to keep tweens safe
This is the fifth and final article in our series on tweens & cell phones. Some parents arm their tween with a phone so he/she can be like E.T., and phone home.  A reason parents often cite for getting tweens a cell phone is that they want to keep tweens safe.  A cell phone can... Read more »

Dangers of tween cell phone usage

Dangers of tween cell phone usage
This is the fourth article in a week-long series on tween cell phone usage. Safety is our first priority as parents.  There are several dangers of cell phone usage by tweens to be aware of when deciding whether to arm your tween with a mobile device. Bullying Your tween could be bullied via text, and... Read more »

Review of prepaid cell phone options for tweens

Review of prepaid cell phone options for tweens
This is the third article in a week-long series on tween cell phone usage. In this house, we are slowly inching toward the decision to get my tween a cell phone, meaning she will join a majority of her peers. I’m leaning toward a prepaid plan to start us off.  In my mind, it’s like... Read more »
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Questions to ask before getting your tween a cell phone

This is the second article in a week-long series on tween cell phone usage. The questions of if and when to purchase a cell phone for your tween do not have easy answers.  A website run by the American Academy of Pediatricts, HealthyChildren.org, answers the question by saying, “There really is no ‘right’ age to... Read more »