Tag: tween

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 »

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 »

Researchers show connection between kindness and popularity in tweens

Researchers show connection between kindness and popularity in tweens
Move over, mean girls. Researchers from the University of California, Riverside conducted a study that showed tweens who perform acts of kindness towards others are both happier, and also tend to be more popular. The study examined 400 students ages 9-11 in Vancouver, British Columbia and tracked acts of kindness directed at other classmates. The... Read more »
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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 »

Christmas tradition that grows as kids do: the scavenger hunt

Christmas Eve traditions vary by family. Some get matching pajamas, some eat special meals, and some attend candlelight Mass or services. In my family, our favorite Christmas Eve tradition is a little unusual: we go on a scavenger hunt. Get 10 printable scavenger hunt clues here. From when we were very little, my parents would... Read more »

Letter to Santa: I may be grown up, but I still believe in you

Letter to Santa: I may be grown up, but I still believe in you
Dear Santa, We go way back, my friend, and for that I’m grateful. You were always there for me as a child, and I’ve enjoyed how our relationship has evolved. Thank you for sharing your magic. Being your deputy elf has brought me great delight.  I thought about writing this letter a few weeks ago,... Read more »
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FTC: Kids' apps collect, share data without parental consent, knowledge

Do you know what your child is sharing on the apps that they use? The Federal Trade Commission’s “Mobile Apps for Kids: Disclosures Still Not Making the Grade” reviewed apps available in the Apple App Store and on Google, and found that many parents do not know what information the kids’ apps are collecting, and... Read more »

More cheap holiday gift ideas for kids and tweens

Putting this together is half the fun. Once assembled, it uses three infrared emitting diodes as its "eye" to escape any maze. One heads up, though, is that soldering is required.  There are similar robots that do not require soldering if you'd rather avoid that, like the cheaper Elenco Wake Me Robot. The Elenco escape robot kit can be yours for $33.99.
Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat, time to get your tween a gift besides a hat. If you have gotten any, you’ve got work to do, the idea in here are many, so please scroll through! Forgive the rewritten lyrics, but requests keep coming in for tween gift ideas. These suggested presents all... Read more »

Katy Perry’s song 'Peacock' is actually NOT about pretty birds, to my kid's surprise

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The sexual innuendo on today’s radio is out of control. Flo Rida wants someone listening to his song to blow his whistle. Katy Perry really hopes you’ll show her your peacock, cock, cock. Pink think you should Blow Me (One Last Kiss). I know that this isn’t a new trend, but it seems to be... Read more »
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Louis Armstrong biography makes jazzy holiday gift for kids

Louis Armstrong biography makes jazzy holiday gift for kids
Play, Louis, Play!: The True Story of a Boy and His Horn by Muriel Harris Weinstein details Louis Armstrong’s childhood in a book that is great for younger tweens, approximately grades 3-5. The book details Louis  Armstrong’s childhood and the hardships he encountered growing up very poor in New Orleans, his love of his family... Read more »