Archive for October 2012

Ideas for what to do with leftover Halloween candy

Ideas for what to do with leftover Halloween candy
You’ve shut the door behind the last trick or treater, but your home is still full of candy. Whether the mountains of M&Ms and bunches of Butterfingers piled on your counter are the result of overbuying or your child(ren)’s bounty after a very productive Halloween night, you still have to figure out what to do... Read more »

A treat from my tween: appreciation of my lame craft project

A treat from my tween: appreciation of my lame craft project
Parenting tweens often leaves moms and dads feeling like they’ve had more than their fair share of tricks, but on occasion, it also means some sweet treats. By that, I mean more than just a few pieces of their kids’ Halloween candy, although that’s always tasty. One such treat for me is seeing my tween... Read more »

How old is too old for trick or treating?

How old is too old for trick or treating?
Trick or treat is upon. It was so easy when they were little to take them trick or treating, knowing that you were guaranteed some good “awwww”s for the cute costume, and a fun time together with your little ghosts and goblins. As kids age, though, the question of trick or treating becomes, well, trickier.... Read more »
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These pets are not turtley awesome

These pets are not turtley awesome
My daughter’s third grade class very much enjoyed caring for the class pet, Kupa the turtle.  A red-eared slider turtle to be specific. And while all the kids liked the turtle, my daughter loved him.  She became a bit of a red-eared slider expert. She started asking for one. And she has continued asking for... Read more »

Ways Tweens Can Respond When Some of Their Friends Are Being Mean to Another Friend

I’m so pleased to welcome Carrie Goldman, the author of Bullied: What Every Parent, Teacher, and Kid Needs to Know About Ending the Cycle of Fear, as today’s guest blogger.  Check out her work at www.carriegoldmanauthor.com.  She’s written a piece addressing bullying and what tweens can do about it, and written it for a tween... Read more »

My tween is hayriding off into the sunset

My tween is hayriding off into the sunset
Fall is easily my favorite season. I love the leaves, picking apples, drinking spiced cider, carving pumpkins, all of it.  It is no surprise, then, that I was especially excited when my daughter’s choir announced they would be having a family hayride in a local park. That kind of event is right up my alley.... Read more »
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Where there's a will, there's a social network: Instagram is the new Facebook for tweens and teens

Where there's a will, there's a social network: Instagram is the new Facebook for tweens and teens
You may have decided that your tween or teen isn’t ready for Facebook.  The world of social networking may be a bit more than they can handle right now. But have you allowed Instagram, the free photo sharing app that can be cute or artistic?  Instagram and photos are different, right? Actually, maybe not. It... Read more »

Boys are beginning puberty earlier, as young as 9 years old

Boys are beginning puberty earlier, as young as 9 years old
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) in the November edition of its journal, Pediatrics, reports that early puberty is not jut happening to girls. Boys are also entering puberty earlier than they used to do so. How early are boys beginning puberty? Historically, boys were expected to begin puberty at 11 ½.  The large study... Read more »

Beautiful 'Firework': Autistic tween duets with Katy Perry on Comedy Central's Night of Too Many Stars

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Eleven year-old Jodi DiPiazza was diagnosed with autism right before she turned 2, and her parents feared their daughter would never speak. Not only does Jodi now speak, she has found a voice through music. Her mom says, “Through music and through song, she’s making herself known.” Jodi joined voices with pop star Katy Perry... Read more »
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Staying home alone? Is your Tween ready?

The questions of when your child is ready to stay home alone is a tough one. Here to help us determine the right answer is today’s guest poster Kim Estes. Kim is a child safety expert with 15 years of experience educating parents who works tirelessly to help us keep our kids safe and found... Read more »