Posts tagged "kids"

Kids and competition: Why can't joy be its own reward?

Kids and competition: Why can't joy be its own reward?
I’m starting to think that the idea of “happy medium” when it comes to kids and competition is as elusive in the parenting world as a unicorn, or a tween who is great at voluntarily cleaning his/her room and bathroom. The happy medium I currently seek is somewhere in the space between giving our kids... Read more »

Tween Travel: Family trip to Niagara Falls and Fort George

Tween Travel: Family trip to Niagara Falls and Fort George
Tween travel week continues today with a look at Niagara Falls and Fort George, the hidden gem we found nearby. Niagara Falls is more than your grandparents’ honeymoon destination, it’s a wonderful place for a family vacation. I was surprised when my tween said that she wanted to go to Niagara Falls, but we opted... Read more »

Tween travels: Fun places to visit with kids in St. Louis

Tween travels: Fun places to visit with kids in St. Louis
With the Gateway Arch, the City Museum, riverboat cruises on the Missisippi , and Clydesdales, St. Louis offers something for family members of all ages. Just 5 hours from Chicago, it’s an easy road trip from Chicago. We had a great time visiting for a weekend with our tween last spring break. Here are our... Read more »
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Presidential Inauguration facts and easy activities for kids

Presidential Inauguration facts and easy activities for kids
Presidential inaugurations happen only once every four years, and give parents a wonderful chance to talk about our government with our kids. Below are eight questions and answers, one for each year that the people have elected Barack Obama to the presidency. There are activity suggestions following each question. Trivia about the oath of office... Read more »

Volunteer ideas for kids on the National Day of Service

Volunteer ideas for kids on the National Day of Service
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’” National Day of Service this year is Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013. Here are some ways your tween can volunteer and make a difference. Typically, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a day of service and is... Read more »

Violent video games are an issue for parents and Vice President Biden

Violent video games are an issue for parents and Vice President Biden
Violent video games garnered attention after the massacre in Newtown, CT, raised concern that violent imagery in video games has contributed to a culture of violence. Vice President Joe Biden met with Biden asked the executives of manufacturers of violent video games. He asked executives of companies that make games such as Call of Duty, Mortal... Read more »
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National Trivia Day: Trivia games for both kids and parents

National Trivia Day: Trivia games for both kids and parents
National Trivia Day is January 4! Did you know that the world record for longest running game of trivia is 17 months? You don’t have to play that long, but my tween is a big fan of trivia. Here are some online resources for fun, kid-friendly trivia. Some of these sites your tween can play... Read more »

Skip resolutions on New Year's Day: Questions to ask your child for the new year

Skip resolutions on New Year's Day: Questions to ask your child for the new year
“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.” – Edith Lovejoy Pierce You may be excited at a year of opportunity and ready to make resolutions for yourself and your children, but... Read more »

Seven amazing tweens who did great things in 2012

A 9 year-old boy, Caine Monroy, constructed an elaborate arcade out of cardboard boxes in his dad's used auto parts store in Los Angeles. He was surprised by hundreds of customers in an event that was turned into a movie. His boundless creativity and enthusiasm was an inspiration to all who saw it.
Tweens can change the world, and many of them did so in 2012. We’d like to end the year on a high note and with good news, so please click through the gallery below to see just some of the amazing tweens that have garnered attention for all the right reasons in 2012. From artists... Read more »
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New Year's Eve family game night: fun twists on the classics

New Year's Eve family game night: fun twists on the classics
Winter break is at the half way point, and by now you’re tired of the siblings being at each others’ throats and you’re ready for a little space. That can make the cries of “I’m bored” even harder to handle. While you’re all ready for a little space, tweens still crave your undivided attention. Family... Read more »