Archive for November 2012

Katy Perry’s song 'Peacock' is actually NOT about pretty birds, to my kid's surprise

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The sexual innuendo on today’s radio is out of control. Flo Rida wants someone listening to his song to blow his whistle. Katy Perry really hopes you’ll show her your peacock, cock, cock. Pink think you should Blow Me (One Last Kiss). I know that this isn’t a new trend, but it seems to be... Read more »

Louis Armstrong biography makes jazzy holiday gift for kids

Louis Armstrong biography makes jazzy holiday gift for kids
Play, Louis, Play!: The True Story of a Boy and His Horn by Muriel Harris Weinstein details Louis Armstrong’s childhood in a book that is great for younger tweens, approximately grades 3-5. The book details Louis  Armstrong’s childhood and the hardships he encountered growing up very poor in New Orleans, his love of his family... Read more »

Summer camp registration should not be on my holiday To Do list

Summer camp registration should not be on my holiday To Do list
Yesterday I bought some gifts online, I hung some holiday lights, I purchased tinsel and then I completely freaked out because I do not not have any idea of what I’m doing with my daughter for the summer.  Nope, I didn’t see that coming, either, but it was the result of reading a Chicago Tribune... Read more »
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Lola Zola and the Lemonade Crush is a great tween Spring Break book

Lola Zola and the Lemonade Crush is a great tween Spring Break book
Lola Zola and the Lemonade Crush is a  novel by Marcy Winograd and Jackie Hirtz aimed at middle grade students.  My tween very much enjoyed the novel that features sixth grade heroine Lola Zola who sets up a lemonade stand to make money when both her parents are laid off from their jobs. Although the... Read more »

Celebrate National Game and Puzzle Week this Thanksgiving with these favorites

National Game and Puzzle Week falling on the week of Thanksgiving is no accident. What better time to gather with friends and family to have some fun and share laughs over a game than after you’ve finished off the pumpkin pie? If everyone is looking to you with the “now what?” face, you can be... Read more »

Reviewing Thanksgiving table manners with your kids

You may have worked for years to impart the importance of manners to your children, but why is that when they show up at your relatives’ homes they turn into impolite little monsters who act as if they have been raised in a barn and not under your roof? Tweens are also in the “old... Read more »
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I hate getting the park district program guide

Nothing causes parental panic in me like the arrival of the local park district program guide. I get nervous, and while I know I’m not going to feel good afterward, I open it anyway. Then the self-doubt creeps in completely takes over. What if my tween is great at fencing and we’ll never know because... Read more »

Tween Nicole Westbrook's "It's Thanksgiving" music video goes viral

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“Can’t be hateful, gotta be grateful.” That’s the message in 12 year-old Nicole Westbrook musical interlude about Thanksgiving creatively titled, “It’s Thanksgiving.” The song’s video has gone viral, garnering more than 6 million hits on YouTube. I asked for Thanksgiving music, and I got it. The California tween’s song about the upcoming holiday was produced... Read more »

No "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel" for my kid

No "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel" for my kid
It’s here! Finally! Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel, the 7th book in the series, was released today! Every one in our household is a big fan of Jeff Kinney’s books about tween Greg Heffley, his brother Rodrick and Manny, and the adventures he has with his family and friends. My tween just... Read more »
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Justice Sotomayor says princess is not a career choice, Disney Channel ad says it is a state of mind

My tween is done with the princess phase, but when she was in it, man was she IN IT. And truth be told, while she’d never admit it, I think she still has a soft spot for princesses. But a princess debate rages, this time pitting Disney against the Supreme Court. Supreme Court Justice Sonia... Read more »