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8 best Robin Williams movies

<iframe width="420" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/w8fu-hq3S7A?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br><br>Dead Poets Society<br><br>1989<br><br>While it is tough to pick among the many wonderful lines from Robin Williams as John Keating in this movie, my favorite would have to be, "No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world."<br><br>Or "I stand upon my desk to remind myself that we must constantly look at things in a different way." Or "Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary."<br><br>
But really, this one is awesome. "We don't read and write poetry because it's cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion.And medicine, law, business, engineering - these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love - these are what we stay alive for."
The news of Robin Williams’ death today hit me hard. He’s been a family favorite for years and I’m grateful for the many laughs and he has provided us over the years. Robin Williams won an Oscar for his role in Good Will Hunting and, although he wasn’t always a darling of the critics, I... Read more »

5 ideas for improving "Jessie," which the Disney Channel renewed for a fourth season

5 ideas for improving "Jessie," which the Disney Channel renewed for a fourth season
The Disney Channel announced yesterday that it was renewing the show “Jessie” for its fourth season. The show stars 22 year-old Debby Ryan as a young Texas woman working as a nanny for a very wealthy couple in New York City with children adopted from India, Africa and America. The family is a bit of... Read more »

'Mortified Nation' documentary finds humor and truth in sharing the shame of adolescence

'Mortified Nation' documentary finds humor and truth in sharing the shame of adolescence
When talking with a friend about how very intense feelings are as a tween and a teen, she asked if I had seen the movie Mortified Nation. I watched it this weekend and loved it. Mortified Nation is a documentary about a stage show held in many cities across the nation at which people read... Read more »
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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 »

'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 »

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 »
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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 »

Girl Talk chapters pair tweens with high school mentors to help navigate middle school

Girl Talk chapters pair tweens with high school mentors to help navigate middle school
My tween refers to the years I was a tween as “The Olden Days.” Of coursetweens, especially those nearing the teen years, think their parents just don’t quite understand the challenges that they face today. Sad to say, they may be right in some sense. We did not have smart phones in junior high, Instagram... Read more »
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How to throw a fun, easy Rainbow Loom party

All the kids who came had their own Rainbow Loom and a plethora of the tiny rubber bands that you weave together on the loom to make bracelets. They're the friendship bracelet of 2013.
My tween has had a few days off school, and I’ve mentioned before that my tween and I like to keep her busy make the most of that time by having her friends over. I find that having groups of tweens in our home goes better when they have some direction, so yesterday my tween... Read more »