Posts in category "Parenting"

Tots vs. Teens: Different Kinds of Grateful

Tots vs. Teens: Different Kinds of Grateful
I have loved reading Kelly Konrad’s blog, LitzyDitz, for almost exactly two years now. She generally writes about books (and makes great recommendations!), but, on occasion, she’ll write about parenting and every time she does I find myself wishing that I could be as wise, eloquent and funny as she is. We both love college... Read more »

Why and how to talk to kids about drinking and driving

Why and how to talk to kids about drinking and driving
This weekend, ChicagoNow blogger Erin Massey was hit head on by a drunk driver on one of Chicago’s freeways and was seriously injured in the crash. Since learning of that this weekend, I’ve seen a lot of items about teen drinking, as well as drinking and driving. ChicagoNow bloggers have been posting about their experiences... Read more »

Do you think Kelly Ripa reads this blog?

After seeing video of Kelly Ripa’s appearance on The Wendy Williams Show, I’m starting to think that maybe she’s a Tween Us reader. I realize she’s probably not, but I loved what she said about checking her 13 year-old daughter’s phone when the teen was supposed to be doing her homework. Here are some of... Read more »
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What parents need to know before letting kids handle over the counter medication

What parents need to know before letting kids handle over the counter medication
Tweens start administering over the counter (OTC) medication to themselves around age 11, but a new study indicates that many of them are not armed with the information needed to do so safely and stats from theĀ American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) and Scholastic show that it is having a significant and scary impact... Read more »

Kate hates school

Kate hates school
Every tween and teen is different and so is every family. When talking with another parent, I usually find myself both nodding in agreement as they discuss the issues they face and at the same time appreciating their child’s uniqueness and awesomeness. I love hearing all kinds of different perspectives. I wanted to feature different... Read more »

Why you should take your kids with you when you vote

Why you should take your kids with you when you vote
Election ads on TV, campaign literature, and robocalls are all impossible to avoid here with the election just a few days away. I’m pretty sick of all of them and at this point I don’t like any of the candidates, for anything. It reminds me of when I was 10 and my teacher said of... Read more »
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Tweens and teens are awesome, as #ToMyTeen proves

Tweens and teens are awesome, as #ToMyTeen proves
One of my favorite pieces of parenting advice is to let your children overhear you praising them to someone else. It’s a wonderful way to positively reinforce behavior you’d like to see more of, and it lets them know that you are proud of them and builds their self-esteem. This advice is good for any... Read more »

5 reasons parenting an adolescent is not like parenting a toddler, according to author Jennifer Senior

5 reasons parenting an adolescent is not like parenting a toddler, according to author Jennifer Senior
In her recent book, All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood, Jennifer Senior explores how children affect their parents at each stage of their development. She devotes one chapter to adolescence and in it she notes that parents often see adolescence as a repeat of the toddler years, but she doesn’t necessarily... Read more »

Ask your kids who they admire, their answers may surprise you

Ask your kids who they admire, their answers may surprise you
My tween received an assignment to list four people she admired. It’s such a great question that can give you tremendous insight into your tween. Not only does it give adults a chance to talk about who they admire but also why they admire them. Tweens and teens are much more likely to talk about... Read more »
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Do's and Don'ts of chaperoning a middle school field trip

Do's and Don'ts of chaperoning a middle school field trip
I chaperoned the 7th grade field trip to the local arboretum yesterday. It was probably more educational for me than the kids, and I say that not just because I had no idea that Queen Anne’s Lace is part of the carrot family. (Am I the only one who didn’t know that?) I’m sharing the... Read more »