Posts Tagged ‘tweens’

Take Me Out to The Blog Carnival!

Monday, July 6th, 2009

It's blog-carnival time over at, and I'm jazzed that Parent Talk Today was mentioned on their "End Mid-Summer Madness Now!" post.

Head over there right now (or after you hang around here for a bit!) to learn about:

°    The dangers kids can get into when they have too much time on their hands in the summer.

°    How to strengthen the bond with your children.

°    Fun ways to interact with preschoolers.

°    How parents who work from a home office can swing a break now and then. (Picnic, anyone?)

°    How to get fit as a family.

°    How to participate in community service as a family.

°    How to host a teen slumber party

°    Play-date tips.

Enjoy a Family Staycation with Tweens

Sunday, July 5th, 2009

I love Jennifer O'Donnell's blog for parents of tweens over at 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.