Archive for 2013

The top 10 blog posts from Tween Us in 2013

The top 10 blog posts from Tween Us in 2013
As 2013 draws to a close, I am amazed at how much my tween has changed over the past year, how much more challenging parenting has become and how many laughs she has given us. This trip around the sun has been amazing here on the Tween Us blog. That is due to you, dear... Read more »

New takes on New Year's resolutions: 4 ways to help you and your kids make the most of 2014

New takes on New Year's resolutions: 4 ways to help you and your kids make the most of 2014
“That New Year’s resolution really changed my life!” said no tween, ever. New Year’s resolutions are tricky for adults, and even harder for kids. They are rarely successful, and that’s certainly true for most of the kids I know. That doesn’t mean, however, that I think we should throw in the towel on either a... Read more »

Remarkable tweens of 2013: 8 kids changing the world

Emily Lomeli has 10 years old and fighting a rare form of cancer. Chemo treatments did not stop her from organizing a toy donation drive for the pediatric unit at the Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center last week. She told the <a href="http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2013/12/19/cancer-patient-10-to-deliver-donated-toys-to-children-at-pediatric-hospital/" target="_blank">L.A. CBS station</a>, “If you do something good, it feels good.” Even better, she brought kids together while doing so. Players from both her baseball team and her team's biggest rival joined together to hand out the toys. You can support Emily on this website, <a href="http://www.believein17.org/">believein17.org</a>, named after her baseball number.
It’s hard to believe that 2013 is coming to close, and what a year it has been. During this latest trip around the sun, tweens have proven that they can make a big difference and have a positive impact. The amazing tweens below are kids changing the world, but I know there are a lot... Read more »
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5 tips to make thank you note writing easier for kids (and adults)

5 tips to make thank you note writing easier for kids (and adults)
Thank you notes matter. I know a lot of people disagree, but letting someone know you are grateful for them, their gift to you, and their effort to please you is never a wasted effort. Tweens and teens are fabulously capable of writing thank you notes, but yet often reluctant to do so and it... Read more »

Dear Santa: A letter from a tween parent to the jolly old elf

Dear Santa: A letter from a tween parent to the jolly old elf
Dear Santa, The first draft of this letter included a wish list of items for my tween that would make my life easier, like increased memory, faster processing time and better storage that will leads to greater ease finding items. Then I realized that I had the same wishes for my computer, which meant that... Read more »

The Winter Solstice: Facts about the shortest day of the year

The Winter Solstice: Facts about the shortest day of the year
Winter officially begins on Dec. 21, the date of the December solstice, or what we north of the equator refer to as the Winter Solstice. For thousands of years, it has been a very significant day. Here are some facts about the first day of winter and the shortest day of the year for those... Read more »
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Fun, last-minute stocking stuffers, from a Yoda yo-yo to Kendama

Fun, last-minute stocking stuffers, from a Yoda yo-yo to Kendama
The stockings are hung by the chimney with care, but do you have all the stocking stuffers yet? If not, here are some last minute stocking stuffer gift ideas. Best of all, they are toys in the classic sense, and are fueled only by you and your kid, not batteries. I know a lot of... Read more »

What I've learned since I woke up this morning

What I've learned since I woke up this morning
Tonight is ChicagoNow blogapalooza, a time when all ChicagoNow bloggers are given the same topic and we have exactly one hour to write and publish a post on it.  This evening’s topic: “Write about something you learned or experienced since you woke up this morning.” When I received the topic three minutes ago, I was... Read more »

The 7 best Christmas movie scenes featuring kids and the trivia behind them

<iframe width="500" height="281" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/9chdp8izEtk?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br></br>"Love Actually" is one of my favorite movies of all time and while not always the first to come to mind when thinking of holiday flicks, this scene is awesome. It makes me wonder just how many lobsters were present at the birth of Christ.
It wouldn’t be Christmas for me without watching at least a few classic holiday movies. When I thought about it, most of my favorite festive flicks prominently feature tweens. The gallery below contains the best Christmas movie scenes featuring tweens, from “Miracle on 34th Street” to “Elf” to “Christmas Vacation,” and trivia about each movie.... Read more »
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What parents need to know about the Whisper app

What parents need to know about the Whisper app
Whisper is a free social networking app available for iPhone and Android and website (found at Whisper.sh) that encourages users to share secrets. The app was originally intended and first became popular on college campuses, but like many trends, it has trickled down to a younger crowd. It is becoming popular with tweens, and it is... Read more »