Archive for January 2013

Super Bowl food and games for kids and families

Super Bowl food and games for kids and families
Super Bowl Sunday is this weekend. Whether you’re rooting for the Baltimore Ravens or the San Francisco 49ers, or just tuning in for the commercials, here are some ideas for enjoying this American tradition. We’re going to be watching the game, which is Sun., Feb. 3 in New Orleans, Louisiana and kick off is 6:30... Read more »

Ways parenting a tween is similar to parenting a toddler

Ways parenting a tween is similar to parenting a toddler
When parents of toddlers are at wits end dealing with diapers and temper tantrums and other fun aspects of parenting a toddler, they comfort themselves with the promise that this whole parenting business will get easier over time. I certainly did so. I’m not here to burst anyone’s bubble, but I’ve recently noticed that those... Read more »

Time to plan for summer camp: Info from a camp professional

Time to plan for summer camp: Info from a camp professional
Summer camp may be hard to think about as the snow flies and the temperature drops, but really, these chilly months will fly by and you’ll be wondering what to do with your tween all summer. The time to start planning for summer camp is finally upon us. Summer camp veteran and operator Val Harle... Read more »
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The One and Only Ivan wins Newbery Medal

The One and Only Ivan wins Newbery Medal
The One and Only Ivan, a wonderful novel by Katherine Applegate, won the Newbery Award. The award is given to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. This is big, exciting news in our household this afternoon! My tween loved The One and Only Ivan. It’s a great tween novel... Read more »

Your kid won't be invited to every party, but that is okay

Your kid won't be invited to every party, but that is okay
No one wants to feel left out. To avoid that, preschools and elementary schools encourage, and some require, that all students in a class be invited to birthday parties. But how long do we perpetuate the idea that  everyone is friends with everyone? Unfortunately, our children are not going to be invited to every single... Read more »

Travel tips: Hidden gems near Chicago tourist spots provide free family fun

<strong>Tried & True: Skydeck Chicago, 103rd floor of the Willis Tower</strong>

The Skydeck is open every day and you can enjoy spectacular views of the Chicago skyline, and also see four states. Step out on the glass "ledge" which extends out 4 feet from the building, and is 1,353 feet in the air.
Chicago welcomed more than 43 million tourists in 2011 and while there are some spots on the tourist track that are absolutely worth the trip, they can be pricey. After living in Chicago for a decade, I’ve discovered some family-friendly hidden gems that are within walking distance of major attractions. Best of all: they are... Read more »
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Owen Groesser: Eighth grade basketball player with Down Syndrome Featured on SportsCenter

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Owen Groesser went from obscurity to ESPN SportsCenter in a matter of hours, thanks to sinking some three-point shots on the basketball court and the power of Twitter. Owen may be a teen, but Tween Us deals with middle school an awful lot, and I’m always happy to share stories of amazing middle schoolers and... Read more »

Exploring the Disney World Parks with Tweens and Older Kids

Exploring the Disney World Parks with Tweens and Older Kids
Please welcome guest poster Becca Ludlum, author of Our Crazy Boys, where she shares her experiences as a mom to two tween boys. She’s sharing her experience with her boys at Disney World in Orlando and giving us some great tips for fun at the Mouse House with older kids. Thanks so much for being... Read more »

Tween Travel: Family trip to Niagara Falls and Fort George

Tween Travel: Family trip to Niagara Falls and Fort George
Tween travel week continues today with a look at Niagara Falls and Fort George, the hidden gem we found nearby. Niagara Falls is more than your grandparents’ honeymoon destination, it’s a wonderful place for a family vacation. I was surprised when my tween said that she wanted to go to Niagara Falls, but we opted... Read more »
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Tween travels: Fun places to visit with kids in St. Louis

Tween travels: Fun places to visit with kids in St. Louis
With the Gateway Arch, the City Museum, riverboat cruises on the Missisippi , and Clydesdales, St. Louis offers something for family members of all ages. Just 5 hours from Chicago, it’s an easy road trip from Chicago. We had a great time visiting for a weekend with our tween last spring break. Here are our... Read more »