Posts tagged "parent"

Out of the mouths of tweens

When my daughter was little, I was entertained by all her hilarious one-liners, and the fun that results from kids mangling the tricky English language as they learn it. My mom and I were recently talking about the ways my daughter has contributed to the family vocabulary over the years, including when at age four... Read more »

Monsters, Inc. 3D family movie review

Monsters, Inc. 3D family movie review
My tween and I met up with some old friends from the city for a movie today, and the lack of kid and tween movies this holiday season is appalling.  My tween had already seen the Cirque du Soleil movie and wasn’t impressed. I didn’t feel like having a discussion about prostitution and thus wanted... 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 »
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Fight boredom: Keep kids busy over winter break by throwing a party

Fight boredom: Keep kids busy over winter break by throwing a party
“And Mom and Dad can hardly wait for school to start again.”  Johnny Mathis knew what he was singing about in “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” as kids  home from school start declaring, “I’m bored!” In the aftermath that follows unwrapping the presents and avoiding writing thank you notes, the kids turn... Read more »

Summer camp registration should not be on my holiday To Do list

Summer camp registration should not be on my holiday To Do list
Yesterday I bought some gifts online, I hung some holiday lights, I purchased tinsel and then I completely freaked out because I do not not have any idea of what I’m doing with my daughter for the summer.  Nope, I didn’t see that coming, either, but it was the result of reading a Chicago Tribune... Read more »

Reviewing Thanksgiving table manners with your kids

You may have worked for years to impart the importance of manners to your children, but why is that when they show up at your relatives’ homes they turn into impolite little monsters who act as if they have been raised in a barn and not under your roof? Tweens are also in the “old... Read more »
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Explaining to my tween that Mitt Romney's son is not rigging voting machines

Explaining to my tween that Mitt Romney's son is not rigging voting machines
My tween returned home from another eventful day at fifth grade, and in addition to discussing how the spelling test went and which boys were kicking each other under the table, she had some questions about the upcoming election.  She then busted out with, “So Mitt Romney’s son owns all the voting machines and he’s... Read more »

Family movie review: Wreck-It Ralph is a Winner

Family movie review: Wreck-It Ralph is a Winner
Time for another Tween Us family movie review!  Disney released “Wreck-It Ralph” this weekend and the movie grossed $49.1 million in ticket sales to become the highest-grossing opening weekend in Disney animation history. Ralph is the bad guy in a video game called “Fix-It Felix.” Ralph wrecks things that Fix-It Felix repairs for medals, and... Read more »

A treat from my tween: appreciation of my lame craft project

A treat from my tween: appreciation of my lame craft project
Parenting tweens often leaves moms and dads feeling like they’ve had more than their fair share of tricks, but on occasion, it also means some sweet treats. By that, I mean more than just a few pieces of their kids’ Halloween candy, although that’s always tasty. One such treat for me is seeing my tween... Read more »
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How old is too old for trick or treating?

How old is too old for trick or treating?
Trick or treat is upon. It was so easy when they were little to take them trick or treating, knowing that you were guaranteed some good “awwww”s for the cute costume, and a fun time together with your little ghosts and goblins. As kids age, though, the question of trick or treating becomes, well, trickier.... Read more »