Archive for February 2014

Why I will be watching the Oscar red carpet with my tween daughter

Why I will be watching the Oscar red carpet with my tween daughter
My child inherited a few traits from me – my eyebrows, my earlobes, my appreciation of music and my love of a good red carpet before the Oscars. I’m not sure how to feel about that last one. She has always loved fashion, especially dresses, in a way that I never have. She examines them,... Read more »

Why parents need to talk to kids about sexting and advice on how to do so

Why parents need to talk to kids about sexting and advice on how to do so
Back when we parents were tweens and learned about the facts of life, we had no idea what selfies, apps and sexting were. They did not exist. Ah, the good old days. Now, however, those items seem very much related to a child’s discovery and exploration of his/her sexuality. Did you know a study published... Read more »

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself . . . and tweens

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself . . . and tweens
It’s time for another ChicagoNow Blogapalooza, in which all ChicagoNow bloggers are given exactly one hour to produce a blog post about one topic. Tonight’s topic: “Write about fear, or lack thereof, and the role it has played in any aspect of your life.” I am more fearful than I would like to be, but... Read more »
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Donna Day: A time to raise awareness and money for childhood cancer research

Donna Day: A time to raise awareness and money for childhood cancer research
If you are looking for Tech Tuesday, this week it will be Tech Thursday, because today is a special day in the ChicagoNow family and beyond. It is Donna Day.  Mary Tyler Mom is Donna’ mom.  Donna died from childhood cancer in 2009, at age 4 Donna’s family started Donna’s Good Things in her memory.... Read more »

9 things you can do now to prepare for a trip to Disney World or Disneyland

9 things you can do now to prepare for a trip to Disney World or Disneyland
Spring Break is just around the corner. Really, it is. I know it feels like this winter will never end, but keep hope alive. I’m surviving by making plans to head to Florida. I’ve heard of many people opting for the latter and it seems like Disney World and Disneyland are prime destinations. Many spring... Read more »

Book Review: Discovery Girls Guide to Growing Up

Book Review: Discovery Girls Guide to Growing Up
Puberty isn’t easy, for kids going through or their parents. But fear not! There is help available for both and Discovery Girls Guide to Growing Up: Everything You Need to Know about Your Changing Body is a comprehensive book that takes away the fear, gives solid information and makes girls feel less alone. I really... Read more »
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Tweens by the numbers: a rundown of recent stats

Tweens by the numbers: a rundown of recent stats
Newsweek recently published the article “Sex and the Single Tween” by Abigail Jones and it’s a fascinating read about tweens, and girls and sexualization in particular. It’s a lengthy piece, though, and I was struck how just breaking down some of the numbers included in it offers interesting insight into the world of tweens. *... Read more »

Try this low-tech tool to help keep your kids safe online

Try this low-tech tool to help keep your kids safe online
It’s Tech Tuesday, when Tween Us shares online safety tips and the important info about apps and devices that parents of tweens and teens need to know. Tweens and teens experience very strong emotions and they are learning what the most appropriate ways are to deal with their intense feelings. They already spend a lot... Read more »

Presidential trivia: 7 fascinating facts about American Presidents in honor of Presidents Day

<strong>Which President began the tradition of throwing a first pitch on Opening Day?</strong>
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On Opening Day April 15, 1910, President William Howard Taft threw out the ceremonial first pitch in the Washington Senators’  game against the Philadelphia Athletics.
<br><br> Source: <a href="http://ftw.usatoday.com/2013/04/president-taft-threw-out-the-first-first-pitch-103-years-ago-today-photo/">USA Today</a><br><br>
Photo of President Wilson throwing out the first pitch in 1916 from the Library of Congress.
Presidents Day is observed in the United States on the third Monday of February, was first established in 1885. See how much you know about Presidents and help your kids learn more about American leaders with the fun facts about Presidents (and their pet alligators, size, left handedness and much more) below. YOU MAY ALSO... Read more »
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Valentine's Day trivia: 7 Fun facts to go with your chocolates, roses and cards

<strong>Which U.S. state grows the most roses?</strong>
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There's a reason the Rose Bowl is in California. The Golden State produces approximately 60% of the roses grown in the United States. The majority of flowers purchased here for Valentine's Day, however, are grown in South America.
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Source: <a href="http://www.kidzworld.com/article/16246-valentines-day-trivia-2009" target="_blank">Kidzworld.com</a>
Happy Valentine’s Day! How much do you know about this holiday full of hearts, chocolate, cards, and, most importantly, lots of love?  Test your Valentine’s Day trivia knowledge with these fun facts below. YOU MAY ALSO LIKE: Valentine’s day playlist and other ideas for a simple family celebration Please like Tween Us on Facebook. If... Read more »