Archive for January 2014

Super Bowl trivia: 10 fascinating facts to make you the hit of the party

<strong>How many wings will American eat on Super Bowl Sunday?</strong>
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1.25 billion. Yes, billion. That's a lot of wings.
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If you're not up for the game, have some just to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the creation of the Buffalo Wing at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, NY.
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Source: <a href="http://www.nationalchickencouncil.org/americans-eat-1-25-billion-chicken-wings-super-bowl/" target="_blank">National Chicken Council</a>
When you’re stocking up on chips, dip and beverages for Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday, don’t forget the trivia. Get the scoop on everything from the coin flip to the “I’m going to Disney World” and everything in between. Use these fun facts to dazzle your family, friends and fellow party goers with your knowledge... Read more »

Ramona Quimby impacted me in 3rd grade and again last week

Ramona Quimby impacted me in 3rd grade and again last week
ChicagoNow hosts blogapalooza once a month during which all CN bloggers are given the same topic and exactly one hour to produce a blog post about it. Tonight’s topic : Write about a character or scene in a movie or book that affected you in some way. I was an English major in college, and... Read more »

Keeping kids safe on Instagram: What parents need to know

Keeping kids safe on Instagram: What parents need to know
Instagram is a popular photos and video sharing and social networking site with millions, including tweens. It’s all photos, right, so keeping kids safe on Instagram isn’t a concern, right? No. While Instagram is hugely popular among tweens and even elementary age kids, and many use it without incident, there are issues and parents absolutely... Read more »
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7 Winter Olympic movies perfect for family movie night

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We had planned to watch this before we knew that the Jamaican bobsled team wa traveling to Sochi. This John Candy film from 1993 is rated PG and has a lot of great messages and laughs for the whole family.
Getting excited for the Winter Olympics or looking to get your family into the spirit? Want to revisit a time when the U.S. Team had better outfits? Host Winter Olympic movie night! These family-friend films will get you and yours into the spirit and maybe have you saying, “I’m feeling very Olympic today.” (That’s a... Read more »

Chinese New Year 2014: What it means to be born in the Year of the Horse

Chinese New Year 2014: What it means to be born in the Year of the Horse
January 31, 2014 marks Lunar New Year, commonly known  Chinese New Year but celebrated in many countries beyond China, and this year is the Year of the Horse. The horse is a symbol in the Chinese Zodiac, which was created thousands of years ago and features 12 animals and five signs: metal, water, wood, fire,... Read more »

Snorting Smarties: Latest dumb tween activity is gross but not common

Snorting Smarties: Latest dumb tween activity is gross but not common
Have you heard the news story today that the latest tween fad is crushing Smarties (the candy) into a powder and then snorting it? Or smoking crushed Smarties by putting the powder in their mouths and attempting to blow it out of their noses. To prove I’m not making it up, check out this news... Read more »
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Phone contract keeps parents and kids on the same page

Phone contract keeps parents and kids on the same page
Having a cell phone or smartphone opens up a whole new world for tweens and teens. Parents and kids need to be on the same page – literally – and this phone contract can help achieve that both with actual logistics as well as a broader idea of what phone behavior is acceptable, and what... Read more »

9 Inspiring Martin Luther King Jr. quotes

“If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way”
― Martin Luther King Jr.<br>
<br>Photo credit: Martin Luther King Junior, June 1964. New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
As the nation celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, his words of wisdom continue to ring true. Teens and tweens can certainly benefit from his words. Below are nine Martin Luther King Jr. quotes that are eloquent and while they declare a truth applicable to all, regardless of age, I thought that these were particularly... Read more »

Winter Olympics trivia: Fun facts about the Winter Games

Winter Olympics trivia: Fun facts about the Winter Games
The XXII (22nd) Winter Olympiad officially commences with the Opening Ceremonies in Sochi, Russia on February 7. The games will run until the Closing Ceremonies on February 23. In between, the world will watch athletes reach new heights on the snow and the ice. How much do you know about the Winter Games?  Test your... Read more »
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Kids and competition: Why can't joy be its own reward?

Kids and competition: Why can't joy be its own reward?
I’m starting to think that the idea of “happy medium” when it comes to kids and competition is as elusive in the parenting world as a unicorn, or a tween who is great at voluntarily cleaning his/her room and bathroom. The happy medium I currently seek is somewhere in the space between giving our kids... Read more »