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Is your tween getting enough calcium?

Is your tween getting enough calcium?
Tweens grow a lot and parents need only look at their clothing bill to prove it.  All that bone growth means that tweens need a significant amount of calcium. Is your tween getting enough calcium? Chances are, probably not.  A study found that only about 12% of girls and 17% of boys aged 9 to 13... Read more »

Why I'm an exhausted mom even though my kid is a tween

Why I'm an exhausted mom even though my kid is a tween
I am tired. Not just any old tired, rather the kind that falls firmly in the category of maternal exhaustion. I feel guilty saying this because my child is a tween. She dresses and bathes herself and she sleeps through the night. She would be disturbed at the idea of climbing into bed with me... Read more »

The book My Other Ex explores how friendship is challenging for both tweens and moms

The book My Other Ex explores how friendship is challenging for both tweens and moms
Friendship is a concept that seems so simple but in reality is so complicated. Tweens often come face to face with this tough fact in middle school, when the days of “we’re friends with everyone” of preschool and kindergarten seem far, far away. As tweens and teens figure out who they are and who they... Read more »
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If you need some inspiration, watch this video about the 9/11 boatlift with your tween

If you need some inspiration, watch this video about the 9/11 boatlift with your tween
This has been one of those weeks where I’ve been feeling all of the feelings, and that’s due in part of 9/11. I don’t care how many years ago it was, it’s tough for me and that’s in part because I struggle with just how to handle it with my tween, and whether or not... Read more »

7 inspiring quotes about 9/11

""If we learn nothing else from this tragedy, we learn that life is short and there is no time for hate." - Sandy Dahl, wife of pilot of Flight 93 Jason Dahl
It’s hard to believe that the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, happened 13 years ago. I know many of us know exactly where we were when we heard the horrifying news and that thinking about it makes it feel like just yesterday, though for many of our children, it literally was a lifetime ago.... Read more »

Would you let your daughter go to school with pink hair?

Would you let your daughter go to school with pink hair?
My child went to school with pink hair today. Well, not totally pink, about half pink. The bottom half. But definitely “whoa, that’s pink” kind of hair. When I got a whiff of something from the bathroom this morning, I wondered if she had possibly cleaned it. I thought that would be odd on a... Read more »
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Why your children should learn CPR

Why your children should learn CPR
Most people know that CPR is a life-saving technique and that knowing it can give one the ability to save a life. But did you know that kids can learn CPR? They can. In fact, children should learn CPR, especially tweens and teens. In the past few months, I’ve read two stories of how teenagers... Read more »

Letter to my tween daughter about disagreeing with me, and others

Letter to my tween daughter about disagreeing with me, and others
The last Wednesday of each month is ChicagoNow Blogapalooza when all ChicagoNow bloggers are given a topic and exactly one hour to write and publish a post on it. Tonight, the hyperorlando bloggers are joining in – the more the merrier! Tonight’s assignment: “Write a letter to someone or some entity with whom you have... Read more »

Do schools start too early?

Do schools start too early?
“I’m tired,” yawned my middle schooler at breakfast this morning. Turns out, she’s not the only sleepy tween/teen and the nation’s pediatricians are out to change that. What are the doctors’ orders? Let the tweens and teens sleep in and have school start later. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) announced a new policy today... Read more »
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Poison ivy: Facts and home remedies to relieve the insidious itching

Poison ivy: Facts and home remedies to relieve the insidious itching
I’m itchy. Very, very itchy thanks to an unfortunate run in with poison ivy. Here’s rundown of basic poison ivy facts: The urushiol oil on the leaves of the poison ivy plant cause an allergic reaction in 60% to 80% of people when it touches their skin. The reaction is a rash that can also... Read more »