Enjoy a Family Staycation with Tweens

I love Jennifer O'Donnell's blog for parents of tweens over at Tweenparenting.about.com. She tackles everything from chores for tweens to how time on the Internet is affecting family time to how to make the most of summer.

A recent favorite is Jennifer's post on family staycations with tweens. Having just done that with our 13-year-old (who was very recently a tween!), I know we had fun going to local museums, movies, a planetarium, a minor-league ball game and to a local farmer's market that had every kind of food imaginable. (Matt's choice = chocolate crepes with whipped cream. Hey, it's a vacation!)

Jennifer takes the concept one step further, proposing a spa day at home, backyard camping, hosting a slushy party and even learning fun new skills. Check out her suggestions here, then plan your own family staycation and make the most of your time together this summer

After all, as the mother of a 13 year old, I know: They won't stay tweens for long.

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