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I miss reading bedtime stories with my little girl

I miss reading bedtime stories with my little girl
Parenting a tween means negotiating a whole lot of changes in your child that come with them maturing. It’s amazing, and complicated, and sometimes fun, and often challenging. While I’ve found having a tween to be a lot more fun than I anticipated, the shift from cute little person who needs you to adolescent who... Read more »

What parents need to know about the WhatsApp Messenger

What parents need to know about the WhatsApp Messenger
WhatsApp allows users to send unlimited videos, images, texts and audio messages to other WhatsApp users for free for a year. After the first year of use, it charges. $0.99. WhatsApp has been around for five years and has 450 million users. It is the most popular messaging app on smartphones, beating out Facebook messenger,... Read more »

Why you shouldn't get sucked into the back to school onslaught yet

Why you shouldn't get sucked into the back to school onslaught yet
July 15th has come and gone, and it feels like that means the summer is over. We are now firmly planted in the season I believe is called “pre-fall.” I say this, because of the school supply ad I just saw on the television, the back to school section that now takes up a large... Read more »
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What parents need to know about Tumblr

What parents need to know about Tumblr
Tumblr is a website and app that says it “lets you effortlessly share anything” and that includes texts, videos, photos, links, you name it. The wide range of content is part of what makes Tumblr unique. It is a cross between a social network and a microblogging site. Here’s what parents need to know about... Read more »

Headed off to summer camp: my tween wanted an epic farewell

Headed off to summer camp: my tween wanted an epic farewell
My tween is headed off to summer camp, as in full-fledged sleep away camp, for the first time this summer. I think it sounds and feels a bit more dramatic than it is. She’s gone for six nights at a horse camp less than two hours away. She’s not even crossing state lines, yet it... Read more »

Good news for parents of unpopular tweens and teens

Good news for parents of unpopular tweens and teens
Popularity isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be, especially in middle school. Many a parent has consoled a child who is farther down the social ladder that, in time, they would be happier and more successful than those popular kids who seem to run the school. And now, a new study out backs the... Read more »
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A love letter to the late 1980s

Really, all the National Lampoons movies from the 80s are great, but Christmas Vacation, released in 1989, is a film that always makes me laugh, and the ability to quote it to this day and know that family and friends understand what I'm saying give it a special place in my heart.
Dear 1980′s, I just wanted to let you know that, no matter what, you were and always will be my favorite decade. My affinity is particularly strong for the latter half of you, the glorious late 1980s. I am so very grateful that you bore witness to my sometimes rather horrifying tween awkwardness and yet... Read more »

Atlas shrugs: My tween says my affinity for maps and the atlas makes me a dinosaur

Atlas shrugs: My tween says my affinity for maps and the atlas makes me a dinosaur
“Is that a road atlas?” one of the four girls I was driving to camp asked from the back seat, her voice dripping with confusion, shock and dismay. “Yes. It’s my mom’s, she won’t go anywhere without it,” my tween answered, as clearly the question was aimed at her, not me. (I don’t know why... Read more »

Q&A with a ChicagoNow blogger: Denise Williams of Uncommon Sense

There are hundreds of ChicagoNow bloggers who cover a wide variety of topics, each with his/her own viewpoint. Today, our community manager has paired us up with another blogger and we are each conducting a Q&A session with them and sharing them and their blog.  You can find all of the ChicagoNow blogger interviews here.... Read more »
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What parents need to know about the app Vine

What parents need to know about the app Vine
The app Vine is pretty popular among tweens and teens and millions of other users. The number of active teen users for Vine grew by 639% last year, according to Forbes. Even Disney World has a Vine account, so it must be okay for kids, right? Well, not always. Aside from the stated age requirement... Read more »