Archive for October 2013

Where to donate leftover Halloween candy

Where to donate leftover Halloween candy
Ever heard a tween say, “Oh, I really should brush my teeth after having all that candy” or “Perhaps I should wait before eating another Kit Kat, don’t want to spoil my dinner”? Yeah, neither have I. If you have more candy around your house than your family can or should consume, consider having your... Read more »

Not helping your child can be the hardest part of being a parent

Not helping your child can be the hardest part of being a parent
The good folks at ChicagoNow are hosting blogapalooza tonight!  Tonight’s topic on which bloggers have one hour to write and publish: a time we helped someone. When thinking about this from the perspective of a tween parent, because that’s what we do here at Tween Us, I kept thinking that one of the hardest parts... Read more »

Kids and sugar: Why do kids love candy so much? Are sugar highs real?

Kids and sugar: Why do kids love candy so much? Are sugar highs real?
I have a confession to make. I have already broken into the Halloween candy. See, I purchased a bag a few days ago. I intended to keep it for Halloween, but my tween spotted it. She persuaded me to open it. We had to do a quality control test to ensure that it was safe... Read more »
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12 fun facts you didn't know about "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!"

"It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" first aired on Oct 27, 1966. It was the third Peanuts special to air, following "A Charlie Brown Christmas" and the baseball-themed "Charlie Brown's All Stars!"
The animated television classic “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” is a holiday special that my tween still loves to watch. She declared it “so awesome.” The Halloween special has avoided the label of being “too babyish” that she has attached to other such shows. Charles M. Schulz wrote the story of Linus van Pelt... Read more »

10 frightening facts about Ask.fm all parents should know

10 frightening facts about Ask.fm all parents should know
Ask.fm is a social networking website set up in a question and answer format that is very popular with teens and tweens. It has received lots press attention lately and was referenced in the Florida bullying suicide case. Many parents are unfamiliar with Ask.fm. Here are 10 frightening facts about Ask.fm that parents really need... Read more »

7 easy and cheap group Halloween costume ideas

<strong>101 Dalmatians with Cruella DeVille</strong>
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Who let the dogs out? Sorry. I'll stop. But dogs, particularly dalmatians, are easy.  White shirts and black spots. If you can spare the shirt, use a black marker to cover it in spots. If you cannot spare the shirt, tape or safety pin on black felt circles. Don't forget to add a tail, and if you can spare the cash, get the white sweatpants and decorate them as well. Pig tails for women work well for ears, and don't forget a tail!  Go with Cruella DeVille and the 101 Dalmatians. If you have a guy who isn't feeling the Cruella vibe, have him dress as a firefighter.  Or if you have people who want to go as brown dogs, attach some ears to headbands and go as pound puppies.
Halloween is right around the corner, and it’s a holiday that not a lot of people celebrate solo. Embrace the communal aspect and get a group to go together in costume. Group costumes can be a ton of fun for any kind of group, be it family, friends or co-workers. Here are 7 incredibly easy,... Read more »
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Review: Tween gives Giada de Laurentiis's Recipe for Adventure books two forks up

Review: Tween gives Giada de Laurentiis's Recipe for Adventure books two forks up
Giana de Laurentiis launched her Recipe for Adventure book series for tweens this fall. The books follow the adventures of Emilia, 12, and her brother Alfie, 11. The first one is set in Naples! and the second in Paris! Those books are out now and the third book, Hong Kong!, will be released on Jan.... Read more »

Teacher killed protecting students in Nevada school shooting reminds us that teachers are heroes

Teacher killed protecting students in Nevada school shooting reminds us that teachers are heroes
A student at Sparks Middle School in Nevada opened fired and killed a teacher this morning as buses were dropping students off for class, according to news reports. The shooter also died, and two students are hospitalized in critical condition. A 13-year-old student told the Reno Gazette-Journal, “The student was pointing a gun at the... Read more »

Tricks and Treats: Halloween Round Up

Tricks and Treats: Halloween Round Up
Halloween is quickly approaching. I’ll confess that I haven’t purchased our candy yet because I don’t trust any of us to not dig into early. But I have been reading all the great holiday posts on the net, so check out this Halloween round up of favorite Costume Craze My Crazy Good Life has found... Read more »
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Arrests in Florida tween bullying case raise issue of parental responsibility

Arrests in Florida tween bullying case raise issue of parental responsibility
The tragic story of a 12 year-old Rebecca Sedwick committing suicide in Florida and the subsequent felony charges the 12 year-old and 14 year-old girls who bullied her has the attention of tween parents and the whole country. The younger girl had been close friends with Rebecca but the 14 year-old turned the friend against... Read more »