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Tween Speaks: 7 Reasons Why I Don’t Want to Go to a School Dance

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Hey everyone, it’s me, Boy Wonder. You might not know this, but this is my second year in junior high. I’m an 8th grader now, which means this is my last chance to join school clubs and participate in events at my school, like school dances. My mom is pushing me really hard to go to […]

I Shared ‘The Breakfast Club’ with My Teen 30 Years Later

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I recently sat down to watch The Breakfast Club with my son in celebration of the iconic film’s 30th anniversary. To say it was a real moment for me would be an understatement. The movie was, without a doubt, the defining film of my adolescence. Not only did it offer a sneak peek into the […]

My Son Doesn’t Know What’s Best for Him, I Do

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A few weeks ago I dropped my son off at camp for a week of recreational adventure. Believe me when I tell you he wasn’t happy about it. For the last two months — from the initial camp deposit to the final payment — he’s gone on and on (and on) about how much he didn’t want […]

To My Son: I’m Sorry I Worried Your Childhood Away

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My Dearest Son, The day you were born I made you a promise. I vowed to be your protector, your role model, your teacher, and your haven. As a young mom I wasn’t sure how to be all those things or even if I’d even be very good at them, but I swore when I […]

How to Get Your Tween to Listen in 57 Easy Steps

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If you thought being a tween was hard, you should try parenting one. At an age when friends rule and parents drool, being heard can prove challenging. But there’s good news, moms and dads! Deep, meaningful conversation with your tween can be yours in just 57 easy-to-follow steps!

8 Movies Your Tween Won’t Be (Too) Embarrassed to Watch with You on Valentine’s Day

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Who says Valentine’s Day is only for couples? In our household, we celebrate the big day ‘o love as a family. And this year, now that my tween is better able to understand romantic love, I’m planning a family movie marathon centered exclusively around the joy (and heartbreak) of first love. Take a look at […]

6 Rules for Tween Moviegoing Without Mom and Dad

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As much as I’d like to believe that my 11-year-old is still a little boy, he’s growing up. He’s eager to take on new responsibilities and venture out on his own with his friends, so I’m tasked with learning how to let go while fostering his independence in age-appropriate ways. When my son asked if […]

Should Tweens See Rated-R Movies?

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Parenting a tween is tricky business. We want to recognize our tween’s growing independence, but deciding where to draw the age-appropriate line can prove muddy at best. When it comes to movies, I’ve developed a list of 5 rules for tweenage viewing that are working surprising well within our family – take a look!  

I Can’t Save My Son From Junior High

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In life, there are universal truths: one plus one will always equal two, Gwyneth Paltrow will always be better, and junior high will always suck. We don’t question these truths because we’re smarter than that, dear friends. We’ve lived enough life to know better. So as my son geared up to begin junior high this […]