Archive for September 2012

Big cookies, little cookies: Life is not always fair

Big cookies, little cookies: Life is not always fair
Chocolate chip cookies can be valuable teaching tools, as a family friend a few generations back demonstrated with her baking. The woman would whip up a batch of delicious chocolate chip cookies for her children.  She intentionally made the cookies different sizes.  Some cookies were big, some cookies were little. (I know, they wouldn’t cook... Read more »

Why are Tweens at such high risk for crime?

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. Today she explains why tweens are at high risk for crime and what their parents can do... Read more »

Not jumping for joy: Pediatricians say trampolines at home are unsafe

Not jumping for joy: Pediatricians say trampolines at home are unsafe
Kids graduate from swing sets to trampolines, and they are a very popular backyard activity for many tweens. Just this weekend, my tween asked for a trampoline. Unfortunately for her, today the American Academy of Pediatrics today announced that trampolines are unsafe and strongly cautioned against having them in back yards. The AAP cited a... Read more »
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5 Tips for avoiding sexualized costumes that turn Halloween into Slut-O-Ween for tween girls

5 Tips for avoiding sexualized costumes that turn Halloween into Slut-O-Ween for tween girls
Halloween is a just over a month away, and costumes are a hot topic among tweens and their parents. Again this year parents are disturbed by the sexualized costumes marketed to tween girls, which has been a topic of discussion in this house.  The little girls who picked adorable costumes without issue a few years... Read more »

My kid hates Notre Dame, my alma mater, and is rooting for Michigan

I get that adolescence is a time of children separating from parents, and that tweens shift from wanting to be like their parents’ to seeking ways to differ themselves. Parental approval takes a nose dive down the priority list. Tweens do this in various ways, from music to clothing to hair styles, and apparently, to... 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 »
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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 »

Amy Poehler's advice about appreciating your body is great for all ages

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I know that Amy Poehler’s video advice to a woman who doesn’t like her body has made the rounds on the internet, but it is so good that it is worth repeating, and sharing. The Smart Girls at the Party web series aims to celebrate “extraordinary individuals who are changing the world by being themselves” and... Read more »

Tweens consume too much salt - here's what parents can do about it

An article published in Pediatrics today found that American tweens and teens are consuming too much salt. Studying kids ages 8-18 years old, researchers found that kids consumed approximately 1,000 milligrams more salt than they should have.In the study, the kids’ studied had about 3,300 milligrams daily.  The recommended daily salt or sodium intake for kids... Read more »
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I will never be the "cool mom" Book Review: Bonding over Beauty

I will never be the "cool mom"  Book Review: Bonding over Beauty
Bonding over Beauty by Erika Katz is targeted to moms of tween girls and the book aspires to be a “comprehensive guide on hair, skin, makeup, hair removal, puberty and more.” The book offers information and advice about everything from hair care of the hair you want (on your head), with to the removal of... Read more »