Archive for April 2013

Message to tween parents: We will survive

A lot of the parents I know are struggling as of late. Some have tweens who have challenged every single rule ever announced by an authority figure. Other parents I know are dealing with medical issues that are lasting far longer than expected and are baffling the medical community. Some kids have nothing other than... Read more »

Screen-Free Week: Is unplugging completely the way to go?

Screen-Free Week: Is unplugging completely the way to go?
Today is the start of Screen-Free Week, a campaign to get families to turn off the television, tablet, video games, phones and all other devices. The goal is to get you to unplug, or power down for a week, from April 29-May 5. Farewell, Facebook. See you next week, Snapchat. Ta ta, Twitter. Including multi-tasking,... Read more »

Tween news round-up

Tween news round-up
Tweens are a popular topic of conversation these days, and here are some of my favorite pieces on the net written about the 8-12 year old age group this week. Make your tween a backseat driver   This article in the South Florida Sun Sentinel suggests taking advantage of the tween fantasy of driving a car... Read more »
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President Obama invokes same parenting golden rule for tweens and teens that my parents had

 President Obama invokes same parenting golden rule for tweens and teens that my parents had
My parents had one phrase that worked parenting magic every single time they used it. It was simple: Don’t embarrass us, and we won’t embarrass you. The parenting golden rule was very simple, and effective. My brother and I knew that my parents meant it and had no doubt that they would follow through with... Read more »

Take Your Child to Work Day is tough when you work from home

Take Your Child to Work Day is tough when you work from home
Today is National Take Your Child to Work Day. More than 37 million youth and adults participating at over 3.5 million workplaces each year take part in the event, which is celebrating its 20th year. Or, for me, it’s what I call a normal day. I bring my work to my kid and my kid... Read more »

Flooded, with water and emotions

Flooded, with water and emotions
Last week I experienced the strange scenario of not being able to physically get to my child. Knowing that you are separated and there is nothing you can do about it is a frustrating experience, to say the least. Terrifying may be a better word. It was also rather educational. My daughter’s father and I... Read more »
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Sylvia Todd emerges as tween face of the Maker Movement

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Sylvia Todd is a scientist, inventor, maker and host of her own online show, “Sylvia’s Super-Awesome Maker Show.” She’s also a tween face of the Maker Movement.  Also, she makes me feel like a slacker. Sylvia has done a lot in her 11 years, but the past couple weeks in particular have been big for... Read more »

Elizabeth’s new heart: a story about the impact of organ donation

Elizabeth’s new heart: a story about the impact of organ donation
Elizabeth is a tween who loves Taylor Swift, riding her bike around the block and playing with her little brothers. She is a thriving eight year-old who underwent a heart transplant a year and a half ago. April is Organ Donor Awareness Month, also known as National Donate Life Month, and Elizabeth’s story illustrates the... Read more »

The family vows we said at our wedding to our child

The family vows we said at our wedding to our child
When my daughter was 8 years old, I married my husband, whom we call my daughter’s bonus dad. We very much wanted to include our daughter in our the wedding. As part of our marriage ceremony, we spoke vows to each other as husband and wife, and then we spoke family vows to our special... Read more »
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Earth Day activities and ideas for tweens

Earth Day activities and ideas for tweens
Happy Earth Day!  First celebrated in San Francisco, California on April 22, 1970, today marks the 43rd observance of the event which has grown into the largest, most celebrated environmental event worldwide. More than 100 countries mark the occasion, stop to marvel at the natural world and think about how best to care for our... Read more »