Category: Home Life

Summer boredom buster: ice cream project

Summer boredom buster: ice cream project
Tweens have a tendency to get bored over the summer, and nothing really sounds all that exciting or interesting to them. Several tween parents have found themselves with kids wanting endless entertainment and parents who simply do not have the time, energy, finances or inclination to provide three months of nonstop thrills. This weekend my... Read more »

Earth Day activities and ideas for tweens

Earth Day activities and ideas for tweens
Happy Earth Day!  First celebrated in San Francisco, California on April 22, 1970, today marks the 43rd observance of the event which has grown into the largest, most celebrated environmental event worldwide. More than 100 countries mark the occasion, stop to marvel at the natural world and think about how best to care for our... Read more »

Game On: TableTop Day encourages families to play games

National TableTop Day can includes games of all kinds and can be a fun way to spend some time with your tweens.
Today, March 30, is Table Top Day, an event that encourages people to neighborhood coffee shop, school auditorium, community center, or host a game day at your home and play more games. International TableTop Day is a reminder to “spend more time and strengthen the bonds with the people who matter most, our friends and... Read more »
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Easter ideas: Round-up of tween fun with baskets, eggs and Peeps

Easter ideas: Round-up of tween fun with baskets, eggs and Peeps
Hippity, hoppity, Easter is on it’s way, as the song goes, and here’s a round up of some favorite Easter blog posts and articles with wonderful, easy ideas to help you, your tween and your whole family hop to some Easter fun. While the Easter bunny may no longer be the star of the show... Read more »

Spring break activities to fight cabin fever, induce spring fever

Spring break activities to fight cabin fever, induce spring fever
Spring Break is here! The snow outside my window makes this hard to believe, but it’s true!  A large portion of the country is blanketed in snow, and very few people are happy about that. Many of those unhappy folks are at home trying to find a way to make a spring break staycation feel... Read more »

March Madness: 10 ways to make the NCAA Basketball Tournament educational

Have your kids <b>research <a href="http://www.chicagonow.com/tween-us/2014/03/interesting-ncaa-tournament-mascots/#image/1">mascots</a></b> of the schools playing and what the connection is to the school or the location of the university. If it's an animal, learn about habitat. For example, the history behind the Delaware Blue Hens goes back to the Revolutionary War. Or have them research what a chanticleer is.<br><br> What's a Billiken and why is Saint Louis affiliated with it?<br><br>Classify the mascots - how many botanics are there besides the Ohio State Buckeyes?<br><br>How many mascots do not end in an "s"? (Hint: think Harvard, Notre Dame, Bonus points if you know the name of the VCU ram, or the Belmont Bruin, or the Syracuse Orange. (If you can't find them, I'll help you out, just leave a comment.)
The NCAA Basketball Tournament is here! I plan to watch a lot of games and do a lot of cheering in the next few weeks, but that doesn’t mean my kid is off the learning hook. Math, geography, animal habitats, color theory and nutrition are just a few of the many lessons that kids, tweens... Read more »
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March Madness: Bracket fun for the whole family, even kids and tweens

March Madness: Bracket fun for the whole family, even kids and tweens
March Madness is upon us, and that means it is time to start filling out those brackets. Bracketology is all the rage right now, and your kids and tweens can get in on the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament fun, too. Here are some of our favorite fun and even educational ways tweens and their parents... Read more »

St. Patrick's Day favorites: Irish recipes, books, music and more

We'll sip our tea out of these cups, the one day of the year we do so. My Belleek china tea set has been in the family since the 1920s and says “<em>deanta in eireann,</em>” Gaelic for "made in Ireland.
On March 17th, we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, the day that everyone is Irish! Here are some ways that Tween Us will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. Below is a preview of our Irish celebrations. Scroll through the gallery below to see what we’ll be drinking, eating, wearing, listening to and reading on the holidays,... Read more »

Trouble in Tween Paradise: Relating to your child under stress

Trouble in Tween Paradise: Relating to your child under stress
Parenting can be stressful under any circumstances, and communicating with tweens can create its own unique brand of stress and difficulty. To offer helpful tips and advice to help parents and tweens connect and communicate, please welcome back today’s guest posters Abbie Kelley, MA, LCPC and Julianne Neely, MSW, LSW, licensed therapists specializing in child,... Read more »
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St. Valentine's Day, tweens and parents: Navigating uncharted romantic territory

St. Valentine's Day, tweens and parents: Navigating uncharted romantic territory
As Valentine’s Day nears, parents struggle with how they will let their tween observe the holiday when it comes to romantic relationships. This is uncharted territory for tweens and parents. Is your tween asking to date? Thinking of giving flowers? Wanting to profess his/her undying love for a fellow classmate?Doing everything possible to avoid every... Read more »