Archive for February 2013

Tween parenting means covering a gamut of topics, from tarriffs to misogyny to PowerPoint

Tween parenting means covering a gamut of topics, from tarriffs to misogyny to PowerPoint
I am the parent of a tween, and I am exhausted. The world is moving at a pace that I find it hard to keep up with, and even harder to stay on top of as a parent. The wide variety of topics that we talk about over the course of 24 hours is pretty... Read more »

Snapchat: Tweens, teens love it while parents have concerns

Snapchat: Tweens, teens love it while parents have concerns
Have you heard of Snapchat? It’s gaining in popularity and while many parents have heard of it, even more kids are using it. Snapchat is the fourth most popular app on the iTunes charts and now claims to process more than 30 million messages a day. Is your tween on Snapchat? How much do you... Read more »

Kids and video games: what games are safe, and how much should they play?

Kids and video games: what games are safe, and how much should they play?
iQ Smart Parent is a television series on parenting media savvy kids in the 21st century. The first episode hosted by Dr. Debi Gilboa focused on kids, video games and how parents can balance the benefits and detriments of gaming. Video games have been a big topic on Tween Us before so I thought I’d... Read more »
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Middle schooler with heart disease lobbies to make a difference

Middle schooler with heart disease lobbies to make a difference
On Tween Us, we love to feature middle schoolers who are doing great things and making positive changes in the world. Make the most of the last few days of February, American Heart Month, by learning about Allison Wolfe, an eighth grader who is a voracious reader, successful lobbyist, great daughter and survivor of heart... Read more »

Trouble in Tween Paradise: Relating to your child under stress

Trouble in Tween Paradise: Relating to your child under stress
Parenting can be stressful under any circumstances, and communicating with tweens can create its own unique brand of stress and difficulty. To offer helpful tips and advice to help parents and tweens connect and communicate, please welcome back today’s guest posters Abbie Kelley, MA, LCPC and Julianne Neely, MSW, LSW, licensed therapists specializing in child,... Read more »

Oscar party ideas to ensure that your family gathering is golden

Oscar party ideas to ensure that your family gathering is golden
If you and your family are watching the 85th Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday night (or if you’re like us and tuning in for the red carpet shows and then shooing the little ones off to bed), here are some fun activities. Bring the red carpet experience to your house with Oscar party fun, food... Read more »
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And the Oscar goes to ... NOT a G movie, because there isn't one nominated

And the Oscar goes to ... NOT a G movie, because there isn't one nominated
And the Academy Award goes to … People are waiting to hear the answer to that on Sunday night’s Academy Award ceremony. The answer will not be any movie that is rated G. Nope, I don’t have a crystal ball, nor did I bribe any of the accountants who tabulated the ballots. It is because... Read more »

I Shine program helps empower girls to be confident, even in the face of mean girl behavior

I Shine program helps empower girls to be confident, even in the face of mean girl behavior
Raising girls is different than raising boys, and that is especially true during the tween years. Tween girls have complicated relationships that can be difficult to navigate, with girls encountering exclusionary and unkind behavior from their peers. Parents want to give their daughter’s confidence and help them feel empowered despite the mean girls.  Every tween... Read more »

Family book club: Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea

Family book club: Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea
Becuase of Mr. Terupt is the first novel by Rob Buyea, and it is a good one. Mr. Terupt is a fifth grade teacher, and the book details the academic year through the eyes of seven very different students in his class. With my daughter being in fifth grade, this book was right up her... Read more »
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Favorite tween magazines

Favorite tween magazines
My tween is a magazine girl. I didn’t realize this fact until last summer; I was a little late to the periodical party. I love seeing her get excited when a new one arrives in the mail and tear into it. Here are reviews of three favorite tween magazines aimed at girls. Benefits of magazines... Read more »