Posts in category "Media"

Redefine what "run like a girl" means by watching female professional athletes

Redefine what "run like a girl" means by watching female professional athletes
There have been a lot of ads and discussions about gender perceptions. One of the most viral ones is the video from Always about what it means to run like a girl, throw like a girl, and fight like a girl. (You can find the video, which has been viewed 10 million times, at the... Read more »

Examining adolescent screen time: surprising stats on television and computer usage

Examining adolescent screen time: surprising stats on television and computer usage
Wondering what adolescents’ screen time looks like these days? I was surprised to learn that kids spend more time on screens than they do in school, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.  In fact, time spent with media takes up more of their time than any other activity other than sleeping, according to a study... Read more »

New book Her Next Chapter shows how mother-daughter book clubs can empower girls

New book Her Next Chapter shows how mother-daughter book clubs can empower girls
Being a tween girl in today’s plugged in, sexed up, media saturated, fast paced world is far from easy. Being a parent of a tween girl isn’t a walk in the park, either. Psychologist, parenting coach  and author Lori Day wrote the book Her Next Chapter: How Mother-Daughter Book Clubs Can Help Girls Navigate Malicious... Read more »
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12 Cosby Show clips that show why the Huxtables are great parenting role models

<iframe width="420" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/-1t9dg5dzQo?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br><br>Theo explains that he's not going to college because he's going to get a job like "regular people." The math lesson that follows is classic Cosby Show moment.
A conversation among ChicagoNow bloggers yesterday about parenting circled around to The Cosby Show, which I adore. Turns out I’m not the only fan of Clair and Cliff. The Huxtables are parenting role models for many. As parents, the Huxtables did everything right. They were loving, set boundaries and imparted morals. They said “no.” They... Read more »

Movie review of 'Bears' by Disneynature

Movie review of 'Bears' by Disneynature
It’s known that mama bears are very protective of their cubs, and that is the basis of the Disneynature movie “Bears.”  Maternal devotion and the fact that the first year of parenting is often the toughest are at the heart of the film. “Bears” is Disneynature’s latest installment in its documentary releases around Earth Day.... Read more »

'Muppets Most Wanted' movie review by tweens and moms

'Muppets Most Wanted' movie review by tweens and moms
“Muppets Most Wanted” is out movie theaters as of today and it picks up right where The Muppets left off, as in immediately from the end of the last film. But it didn’t leave the tweens with whom I saw it oohing and ahhing at all. While the group I was with certainly didn’t hate... Read more »
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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 »

Christmas TV special trivia: How well do you know Rudolph, Frosty and the Grinch?

In "<strong>Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer</strong>," Hermey the elf, who would rather be a dentist, has two physical features that set him apart from his fellow elves. What are they?
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He is the only elf in the show with pointy ears, and he is the only male elf with hair on his head, according to <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0058536/trivia?ref_=tt_trv_trv" target="_blank">IMDB</a>. As if wanting to be a dentist wasn't enough to make him unique.
My tween asked today when we are going to watch Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer before Christmas. I was so happy that she asked my heart grew three sizes. Oops, wrong show. I mean it melted. Still no? Well, let’s just say that I was as happy as a kid at Christmas. My tween is shunning... Read more »

Tween TV sends message that girls can do anything, but they need to be pretty while doing it

Tween TV sends message that girls can do anything, but they need to be pretty while doing it
Millions of tweens will plop down down to watch a show on the Disney Channel or Nickelodeon this afternoon or this weekend. Tween views do so figuring they will get some laughs or excitement from their favorite shows, but researchers just released a study finding that tweens may be getting some less than stellar messages... Read more »
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Family movie review of 'Frozen,' the film that warmed our hearts

Family movie review of 'Frozen,' the film that warmed our hearts
Our family saw the new Disney animated film “Frozen” today and in a surprising turn of events, the adults may have enjoyed it as much as, if not more, than our tween. The story is very loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Ice Queen” and here features Elsa and Anna (voice by Idina Menzel and... Read more »