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Crossing the Canyons: A guest post for National Adoption Month

Crossing the Canyons: A guest post for National Adoption Month
I’m thrilled today to share the second guest post in the new series of different tween and teen parenting perspectives. RoiAnn Phillips and I were both cast members in the 2013 Chicago Listen to Your Mother show. We are bonded both by that and by the title “mom of a tween girl.” I’m so glad... Read more »

Remember what www means when posting items online

Remember what www means when posting items online
If you’re reading this, you’re likely very familiar with the Internet. In this day and age, most people are. Indulge me, please, and glance up a couple inches to the part of your screen that shows you the web address of this site. See that little “www” at the start of the address? Why do... Read more »

7 great quotes on parenting adolescents from expert Laurence Steinberg, Ph.D.

7 great quotes on parenting adolescents from expert Laurence Steinberg, Ph.D.
Yesterday I attended a talk by Laurence Steinberg, the renowned author and psychology professor who has spent much of his 40 year career researching adolescence. His latest book, Age of Opportunity: Lessons from the New Science of Adolescence, focuses on helping parent and kids thrive, not just survive, this developmentally crucial life stage. He said... Read more »
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What a perfect day looks like to this mom of a tween

Bon jour, Paris! <br><br>What parent doesn't want to give their children the world?<br><br> My tween has a big dream of heading to Paris, and I'd love to take her there. I was fortunate that my mom took me and, while I look forward to doing the same with my girl, it'll be sometime in the future. In my fictional perfect day, though, we'd zoom over to enjoy a baguette (of course the perfect day includes lots of carbs) while wandering the banks of the Seine and travel to the top of the Eiffel Tower. Also, we will both speak flawless French. Also, I will drink the perfect amount of champagne, proving that I have matured since my last visit.
Tonight, our community manager challenged me and the other ChicagoNow bloggers to spend exactly one hour blogging “what your perfect day would be like, either in reality or fantasy” for our monthly Blogapalooza. If you’re wondering what a perfect day looks like to this mom, check out the gallery below. I opted to go the... Read more »

How to deal with cyberbullying: Tips for parents

How to deal with cyberbullying: Tips for parents
Cyberbullying is becoming an increasingly large problem. DoSomething.org says 43% of kids report being bullied online, and 70% report seeing bullying online. Cell phones are the most common way cyberbullies reach their victims. October is National Bullying Prevention Month, and that includes cyberbullying. Parent need to be aware of it, know what they can do... Read more »

Memorable quotes by Malala Yousufzai, Nobel Peace Prize winner

Memorable quotes by Malala Yousufzai, Nobel Peace Prize winner
“What time do they award the Nobel Peace Prize?” my daughter asked last night as she headed to bed. I told her it would be in the middle of the night and to please sleep in. I feared she’d be very disappointed like she was last year when Malala Yousufzai did not win despite being... Read more »
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Movie Review: "I Am Eleven" documentary captures essence of being a tween

Movie Review: "I Am Eleven" documentary captures essence of being a tween
The documentary film “I Am Eleven” details what it is like to be eleven years old in all corners of the globe by speaking with children that age living in 15 different countries around the world. Australian filmmaker Genevieve Bailey says in the introduction to the film that she “wanted to make something energetic, optimistic,... Read more »

Dear people I know fairly well: My name is "Shannan," not "Shannon"

Dear people I know fairly well: My name is "Shannan," not "Shannon"
“This Blogger Life” is a feature on ChicagoNow where each week bloggers are given a broad theme from which they can write a blog post interpreting the topic in any way they want. This week’s topic is “What’s in a name?” With a unusually spelled name, I have a lot to say on the subject.... Read more »

Omegle app used in sexual assault of 13-year-olds: What parents need to discuss with their kids about this case

Omegle app used in sexual assault of 13-year-olds: What parents need to discuss with their kids about this case
Omegle is an app that kids used to talk to strangers and as was sadly illustrated by a terrifying incident in Minnesota this week, a way that sexual predators find and meet up with teen and tween victims. Parents think that it won’t happen to their kid, but chances are the parents of the 13... Read more »
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Jeopardy! does not know what women want

Jeopardy! does not know what women want
Have you heard that the game show Jeopardy! hosted by the venerable Alex Trebek featured a category called “What Women Want” and embraced pretty much every stereotype in the book, offending millions in the process? The category was so very sexist. (You can read more about the category and see that part of the show... Read more »