Archive for March 2013

Game On: TableTop Day encourages families to play games

National TableTop Day can includes games of all kinds and can be a fun way to spend some time with your tweens.
Today, March 30, is Table Top Day, an event that encourages people to neighborhood coffee shop, school auditorium, community center, or host a game day at your home and play more games. International TableTop Day is a reminder to “spend more time and strengthen the bonds with the people who matter most, our friends and... Read more »

Easter ideas: Round-up of tween fun with baskets, eggs and Peeps

Easter ideas: Round-up of tween fun with baskets, eggs and Peeps
Hippity, hoppity, Easter is on it’s way, as the song goes, and here’s a round up of some favorite Easter blog posts and articles with wonderful, easy ideas to help you, your tween and your whole family hop to some Easter fun. While the Easter bunny may no longer be the star of the show... Read more »

Got braces? Soft foods that are easy to eat with a sore mouth

Got braces? Soft foods that are easy to eat with a sore mouth
Braces are a right of tween passage and often necessary for straight teeth and a stunning smile. Braces, however, can make mouths sore and food choices difficult as the orthodontist gives patients a long list of foods that are off limits during treatment. It’s good to have an idea of what soft foods will work... Read more »
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Spring break activities to fight cabin fever, induce spring fever

Spring break activities to fight cabin fever, induce spring fever
Spring Break is here! The snow outside my window makes this hard to believe, but it’s true!  A large portion of the country is blanketed in snow, and very few people are happy about that. Many of those unhappy folks are at home trying to find a way to make a spring break staycation feel... Read more »

Listen to Your Mother has me in touch with my inner tween

Listen to Your Mother has me in touch with my inner tween
I believe that parents are occasionally in touch with our inner tween, the 8th grade version of ourselves. Tweens are trying new things and even new identities as they are very much figuring out who and what they want to be. That prospect of possibility is at once exciting and terrifying. And in the midst... Read more »

Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards means slime and blimps for celebrities

Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards means slime and blimps for celebrities
Josh Duhamel will host the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards in Los Angeles this evening. The show, which gives winners orange blimps to winners and dumps green slime on celebrities, is expected to attract tween favorites Taylor Swift and One Direction as attendees, and 350 million viewers in 25 languages. Kids vote for the winners in... Read more »
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Tween and teen parents hesitant about HPV vaccine

Tween and teen parents hesitant about HPV vaccine
Controversy has long surrounded the Human Papillomavirus, or HPV, vaccination, which the Centers for Disease Control recommends for tween girls and boys at age 11 or 12 years old. A recent study reveals that many parents have concerns about the safety of the vaccine. As a result, any tweens and teens are not receiving the... Read more »

We gave our tween our heart, and she lost it

We gave our tween our heart, and she lost it
My husband and I were married almost two years ago in a very small ceremony. While our wedding was very much about our love for each other, it was also about my daughter who was 8 at the time and the formation of our immediate family trio. We included her in the ceremony: just as... Read more »

March Madness: 10 ways to make the NCAA Basketball Tournament educational

Have your kids <b>research <a href="http://www.chicagonow.com/tween-us/2014/03/interesting-ncaa-tournament-mascots/#image/1">mascots</a></b> of the schools playing and what the connection is to the school or the location of the university. If it's an animal, learn about habitat. For example, the history behind the Delaware Blue Hens goes back to the Revolutionary War. Or have them research what a chanticleer is.<br><br> What's a Billiken and why is Saint Louis affiliated with it?<br><br>Classify the mascots - how many botanics are there besides the Ohio State Buckeyes?<br><br>How many mascots do not end in an "s"? (Hint: think Harvard, Notre Dame, Bonus points if you know the name of the VCU ram, or the Belmont Bruin, or the Syracuse Orange. (If you can't find them, I'll help you out, just leave a comment.)
The NCAA Basketball Tournament is here! I plan to watch a lot of games and do a lot of cheering in the next few weeks, but that doesn’t mean my kid is off the learning hook. Math, geography, animal habitats, color theory and nutrition are just a few of the many lessons that kids, tweens... Read more »
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The novel Wonder by R.J. Palacio encourages tweens to Choose Kind

The novel Wonder by R.J. Palacio encourages tweens to Choose Kind
Wonder is a novel about a child in fifth grade with a craniofacial difference. Published a year ago, it has quickly become a favorite among tweens, parents and critics, and it’s no surprise that the book is a New York Times best seller.  Author R.J. Palacio recently visited our town and offered some insight into... Read more »