Book Review: Between Baby Dolls and Boyfriends: How to Successfully Navigate Your Daughter’s Tween Years

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Navigating the Tween Years with Your Daughter The tween years can be an uncertain time for both girls and their parents. Parents try to identify and sympathize with the mood and attitude changes of their daughters, they watch friendships change or come and go, and look on as mean girls take center stage. If that weren’t enough, temptations and negative influences are … [Read more...]

5 Fun, Family Flicks to Watch with Tweens

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Grab the Popcorn for Family Movie Night! "How about Shrek?" I asked my eleven-year-old son. I held up the DVD case splashed with the picture of the lovable green ogre. "Mom," he replied. "NO." "What's wrong with Shrek?" I queried. We were going through our DVDs, trying to pick G- or PG-rated movies that his class could watch on the bus during their sixth grade field trip … [Read more...]

10 Books For Your Tween’s (and Teen’s) Summer Reading

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Summer Reading for Your Tween Yep. It's that time of year. If you are not already actively Pinteresting fun stuff to do with your kids this summer, you are gonna be one tired Momma by the end of that first week of vacation. We're completely serious: kids show no mercy to the weak and underprepared. So shore up the craft supplies, summer camp brochures, and snacks, then check … [Read more...]

Which Commercial is the Best on YouTube?

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Happy 10th Anniversary to YouTube! Did you know that YouTube turned TEN this year?! Your kids probably watch it a lot more than you do, but you have to confess.. you can't get thru the day without seeing something thru YouTube - can you even imagine a day without it now? Where would you go to find stupid pet videos and an endless stream of "how-to" videos? Here are some … [Read more...]

Open Letter to the Composers of Frozen

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No. I do not want to build a snowman or let it go. Okay, before I get to the actual letter, I want to say that I know the Frozen ship has sailed. It's had a long moment in the spotlight, and everyone is probably getting sick of the references (especially if you're a parent), but in my house? We're only just embarking on the Frozen journey. Because guess who got the DVD for … [Read more...]

What Would You Do If You Knew You Couldn’t Fail? Book Review

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What Would You Do If You Knew You Could Not Fail?  It's quite a question, isn't it? More like being 'called out', forcing us to walk our talk, show what we're really all about. I love the images that come to mind, and when I read the book by the same title by Nina Lesowitz and Mary Beth Sammons, I fell into an instant pool of understanding. It just clicked with … [Read more...]

Insurgent – Why Tris is Better than Katniss

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Tris is better than Katniss…there, I’ve said it. “Insurgent,” the second movie based on the best-selling young adult dystopian trilogy, Divergent, opens this weekend. So last week, when my daughter Hannah was home for Spring Break from college, she and I decided to have a little mother/daughter bonding time by going to this “Meet the Writer” event with the author of the … [Read more...]

5 YA Books You Need to Get for Your Reader Right Now

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It's a known fact... parents who read have kids who read. And if you're like us, you probably grab a few of the books your teens and tweens are reading (hello, Hunger Games?!) so we've got a list of 5 of our current favorite YA books you need to add to your reader AND your kid's reader!   The Book Thief - It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. … [Read more...]

Family Fun at the Charlotte Speedway Christmas

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Charlotte Speedway Christmas   Just a quick note tonight to let my local friends know about another of our favorite Holiday outings, the Charlotte Speedway Christmas! For the locals, think of it as Tanglewood, only zigzagged around a giant famous race track!  Tons and tons of lights of course, with some bonus stuff like a petting zoo, pictures with Santa, … [Read more...]

A Sweet 16 Birthday Without Blowing the Budget? Yes You Can!

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Sweet 16 Birthday Parties Remember when your baby turned 1 and you had the biggest bash ever? Complete with smash cake (yes, we originated that idea ;) ) and all the Winnie the Pooh decorations you could find. You probably spent a fair amount of money because it was the FIRST! birthday and your baby deserved that! Then came the 2nd.. the 3rd and so on until, if you're like me, … [Read more...]

Private Parts, Public Display and Parenting Boys: A Mom’s Perspective

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He Drew a WHAT?! A mom of girls recently posted a question to me as a mom of boys, “What is the allure in drawing penises? I just don't understand!” She was shocked at the large “thing” drawn on her driveway by a high schooler at her daughter’s party. I smiled. As a school counselor for 10-13 year olds, I routinely have to talk to boys about inappropriate things … [Read more...]

Ask Ten to Twenty: My Son has a Crush on My Girlfriend’s Daughter

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We've started a new section here at Ten to Twenty where we're letting you ask for advice! We won't reveal your identity when we answer you, so feel free to ask us your most pressing questions! Q: "I've started dating someone and we both have kids in the 10-12 age range. Even before we started dating our kids were friends and I could see some attractions between my 12YO son … [Read more...]

Winter Break, Spring Break: No Break for Online Reputation

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It is that time of the year again, when teens are planning their trips or what they will be doing with their time off during school break. One thing we know about teenagers: their social media won't be taking any vacations, quite the contrary, keystrokes and uploads usually work overtime. Parents continue to have the discussions about underage drinking, distracted … [Read more...]

A World Without Heroes Video Discussion

I had a wonderful conversation with Stacey Seguin, owner of paloozaonline dot com. She is a regular reader of tentotwenty and agreed to participate in a video chat about our respective perspectives on Brandon Mull's A World Without Heroes. Be sure and read my review of the book here, and let us know your opinion of the book in the comments section below! If you like our … [Read more...]

Marvel’s The Avengers Super-Hero Dream Date Quiz

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Sometimes you just have to lighten it up a bit! I'll admit that I'm just a "wee" excited for The Avengers to come out. I doubt that I'll run out on opening night but I guarantee I'll see it at some point very soon. With the opening right around the corner, I was sent this fun little quiz from the PR team and thought it would fun to throw it out there! You can take it... your … [Read more...]

A World Without Heroes – A Book Review

Published:2011 Author: Brandon Mull It's About: Jason loves baseball and wants to be a zoologist when he grows up. Not a hero. He's hoping that the cute girl in his class notices him. Not some evil wizard. But since life never quite turns out the way we expect, Jason finds himself in an alternate reality on a mission to overthrow Maldor, the dark emperor ruling with fear … [Read more...]

Fablehaven, the Series – A Book Reveiw

We’re readers. Thankfully, my daughter, L,  inherited the I Love to Read gene, and can’t keep her nose out of books any better than me. While I have many opinions on the merits of reading as a family, I won’t extol them today. Suffice it to say – I am of the staunch opinion parents should read to, and with, their children all the time. My daughter introduced me to the … [Read more...]

Dance! Dance! Dance!

Spring is in the air and happy young couples everywhere succumb to the rituals of prom and ready themselves in high fashion. High school juniors and seniors across the land make restaurant reservations, order corsages and boutonnieres, get measured for tuxedos, purchase pretty dresses, receive manicures and pedicures, practice numerous hairstyles to find the perfect one, and … [Read more...]

The Help – A Book Review

Published: 2009 It’s about: Skeeter: a young white woman, recently graduated from college, who aspires to be a writer. Aibileen: an older black maid, who has spent her entire life in the service of white families. Minny: a thirty-something black woman, also a maid, but with a mind of her own that she’s oftentimes too willing to share. Set in 1962 Mississippi, the … [Read more...]