Archive for June 2013

4th of July crafts and activities to celebrate Independence Day

<strong>Star Spangled Yard</strong>

This was far and away my tween's favorite activity. I never would have guessed the putting baking supplies on the lawn would entertain her to the extent that it did. But it was easy and fun and it turned out cooler than I thought it would. This has made the rounds on Pinterest, and instructions are <a href="http://pinkandgreenmama.blogspot.com/2010/07/fourth-of-july-fun-sifted-flour-lawn.html" target="_blank">here</a>. It's really super easy - cut out a stencil from cardboard (nongreasy pizza boxes work well or we used the box from a Target picture frame). Place the stencil, use the spray bottle to wet the exposed grass, and then sprinkle the wet grass with flour while the stencil is still in place. Stars are always fun, but you could do "USA" or "1776" or anything else that makes you feel patriotic! We think this could work past the 4th - my tween's wanting to do "11"s all over the yard for her birthday.
Happy birthday, USA! Did the 4th of July sneak up on anyone else?  We’re getting ready to celebrate Independence Day with these tween-friendly crafts and activities. If you’re hosting a big gathering or having fun close home with the family, take full advantage of your tween’s ability to help out and have fun with them... Read more »

Inspirational Helen Keller quotes in honor of her birthday

Inspirational Helen Keller quotes in honor of her birthday
Helen Keller was born on June 27, 1880 in Alabama. She famously overcame being both blind and deaf with the assistance of the amazing Annie Sullivan, her teacher. She was named one of the “20th Century’s Most Widely-Admired People” and her story of overcoming obstacles is inspiring, particularly in this day and age when heroes... Read more »

Snapchat introduces SnapKidz: 4 reasons it does not help parents keep kids safe online

Snapchat introduces SnapKidz: 4 reasons it does not help parents keep kids safe online
Snapchat, the social app that permits users to send pictures and videos that disappear after only a few seconds before “disappearing,” has a rule that users need to be 13 years of age. To make sure that the 12-and-under tween market doesn’t feel left out, the company just unveiled SnapKidz, which takes the chat out... Read more »
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Summer boredom buster: ice cream project

Summer boredom buster: ice cream project
Tweens have a tendency to get bored over the summer, and nothing really sounds all that exciting or interesting to them. Several tween parents have found themselves with kids wanting endless entertainment and parents who simply do not have the time, energy, finances or inclination to provide three months of nonstop thrills. This weekend my... Read more »

Most tweens do not need sports drinks

Most tweens do not need sports drinks
Sports drinks and summer seem to go hand in hand. It’s hot, kids are playing hard at a variety of outdoor sports and sweating like crazy and parents want to make sure to keep kids hydrated. Don’t they need electrolytes and other stuff, too? Probably not. The American Academy of Pediatrics concluded in a recent... Read more »

Summer activities, with a little help from my friends

Summer activities, with a little help from my friends
Welcome, summer! On this day before the summer solstice, the weather here is finally warming up and summer activities are in full swing, but for some reason I feel like I haven’t hit my summer stride. It’s a great thing that my fellow ChicagoNow bloggers have all the bases of this season covered. Check out... Read more »
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Monsters University family movie review

Monsters University family movie review
Monsters University is the prequel to Monsters, Inc., which Pixar released in 2001. Monsters University explores how Mike Wazowski (voiced by Billy Crystal) and Sully (John Goodman) met as freshmen at college in Monstropolis. Consider this the animated, PG version of “Animal House” and “Revenge of the Nerds,” complete with fraternities like Roar Omega Roar... Read more »

Study shows HPV vaccine lessened rate of infections

Study shows HPV vaccine lessened rate of infections
A new study from the CDC examining the rate of of human papillomavirus (HPV) infections showed that they have decreased by 56 percent among female teenagers 14-19 years of age since the vaccine was introduced in 2006. The CDC recommends that all girls get the vaccine at age 11 or 12 to protect them against... Read more »

Summer Solstice: facts and activities about the sun to make your kids bright

Summer Solstice: facts and activities about the sun to make your kids bright
The Summer Solstice will occur this year on June 21 at 5:04 a.m. Universal Time. That’s 12:04 a.m. for those of us in the Central Time Zone, or June 20 for those west of America’s Central Time Zone. The summer solstice is a wonderful opportunity for bright kids to learn about all kinds of topics.... Read more »
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Should tweens be lifting weights or doing strength training?

Should tweens be lifting weights or doing strength training?
When I think of lifting weights and strength training, I don’t automatically think of tweens. (I may think of Arnold Schwarzenegger hopped up on steroids, but that’s a different story.) The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), however, is all for strength training for adolescents. In fact, doctors are all for strength training for kids as... Read more »