Raising Tweens

Discovery Education and 3M Search for “America’s 2017 Top Young Scientist” in Grades 5-8

Discovery Education and 3M announced the opening of the 10th annual Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, the nation’s premier science competition for students in grades 5-8. The Challenge rewards curious students who use their science acumen and creativity to solve a problem in their local, national or global community. Fourteen-year-old Maanasa Mendu won last year […]

[Shopping] 21 Beauty and the Beast Gifts Under $50 for Tween Girls

The Beauty and the Beast craze is not new. We felt in love with the romantic story since we were old enough to watch Disney’s beloved princess cartoon. The animated musical fantasy was release by Walt Disney Pictures in 1991, making it Disney’s 30th animated feature film.   We recommend: [Video] Watch Official Trailer of Disney’s Live-Action […]

[Ask Lina] Is my child’s socializing behavior normal?

Article originally published in Lina’s blog. Many parents have questions about how their kids can learn to socialize. The following questions come up frequently at our center: Q: MY CHILD IS TOO FRIENDLY -WHY DOES MY CHILD NOT FEEL OR DEMONSTRATE THE SAME ANXIETY OR FEAR WHEN THEY MEET A PERSON FOR THE FIRST TIME? […]

Casting Open for the 7th Annual “Walk On! Kids Cooking Challenge” in Arizona

 Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona is looking for the next great kid chef to create a delicious and healthy side dish recipe. Finalists will sample their culinary creations at a Phoenix Suns home game and win great prizes. For the seventh consecutive year, the company is on the hunt for original, great-tasting and kid-inspired […]

The Top 10 Game-Changers for Kids and Tech in the Consumer Electronics Show 2017

This was the year when coding became as important a kids’ skill as readin’, writin’ and ‘rithmetic. It’s the year augmented reality went mainstream thanks to Pokémon GO! and there were clever uses of everything from Play-Doh to labyrinths. Finally, it was the year when we recognized that physical and digital play go hand in […]

Control What They Watch Online with New Kid-Friendly Router

  Never before in the history of telecommunications media in the United States has so much indecent and obscene material been so easily accessible by so many minors in so many American homes with so few restrictions (U.S. Department of Justice, 1996). Many of today’s solutions for control over Internet use are a hassle for […]

This Hanukkah DIY Toy for Kids Also Help Develop their Motor Skills

It’s almost Hanukkah again—and when the candles are lit and the blessings are said, it’s time for the games to begin! This year, rather than playing dreidel with chocolate coins or pocket change, Jewish families around the country are planning to use a new marker that kids accumulate as they win—the colorful tubes and pronged […]

How to Send a Personalized Letter from Santa to Any Kid, Postmarked from the North Pole

Want to send good girls or boys old-style personalized letters from Santa?  Click2Mail (C2M), the nation’s most comprehensive digital-to-print mailing service, is once again offering its popular “Remind Santa” letter, a beautifully illustrated, completely personalized letter, hand signed by St. Nick himself. A distinctive keepsake that recipients will cherish for years.  It’s also a fun […]

[Ask Lina] What’s the best method to discpline my child?

“Ask Lina” is a special editorial series where we invite you to send us your parenting questions in the comments below and our teen & tween emotional expert, Lina Acosta Sandaal, gives you tips that will help you navigate these crucial “in-between years.” 1. What is the best method for disciplining our kids? Always focus […]

5 Tips to Avoid Eye-Related Injuries Due to Pointy Toys

A number of recent studies have shown that some popular toy types are commonly associated with childhood eye injuries. These include air guns and other toys that shoot projectiles, high-powered lasers, and sports equipment. When the gift-giving and celebratory spirit of the holidays is in full swing, we can forget how easily kids can get […]

[Video] Top 15 STEM Toys of 2016 for Tweens to Play and Learn

Spin Master Corp, a leading global children’s entertainment company, is unwrapping magic with a collection of toys, games, and entertainment properties that deliver on 2016’s most popular and emerging play patterns. Proud to be part of holiday traditions for more than 20 years, Spin Master has identified this year’s hottest trends that gift givers will […]

[Español] Nuevo currículo digital bilingüe de educación financiera para estudiantes de escuela intermedia

Los jóvenes se enfrentan a un número abrumador de decisiones financieras complejas, sin embargo, la investigación muestra que carecen de los conocimientos necesarios para tomar decisiones bien fundamentadas. Por ejemplo, tres de cada cuatro milenarios no pueden responder a las preguntas básicas de bienestar financiero y sólo el 16 por ciento de los estudiantes de escuelas […]

[Ask Lina] How can I raise a happy child?

Time and again when I ask parents what they wish for their children they respond with “I just want them to be happy”.  But how exactly does one do that? What exactly is happiness? The truth is that happiness is a way of being but not a constant.  To be happy you must also experience […]