The priorities of middle schoolers don’t have a reputation for being stellar. Among my own were 1). Is my hair straight? 2). Is my hair straight? 3). Is my hair straight? But it apparently isn’t just tweens who are throwing full on tantrums over how even their lockers appear. Sadly, it’s the mothers too. More
Straight from the files of WTF Are We Teaching Our Daughters comes this concerning tale of a mother of three who went about picking up her 7-year-old daughter’s bedroom. Among the “Polly Pockets” and ”friendship bracelets,” Amy Cheney discovered a very sobering tween artifact on girls diets that will leave you weeping. And raging against media depictions of women, girls, and their bodies. More
I just put my hands over my face and sighed, thinking, “And here it begins…” More
There is nothing about her ensemble that is inappropriate or even looks like it could possibly violate any dress code. More
You may or may not censor the movies your children watch, especially as they approach their teenage years. I distinctly remember watching Grease and Saturday Night Fever at a very young age, but then explicitly being banned from seeing Epic Movie (which I immediately then saw, in theaters no less). But for the most part as a child, my media intake was left pretty uncensored. It’s always been my opinion that movies and other media have in fact shaped my way of thinking about sex to some extent, which is exactly what researchers at Dartmouth College are saying. More
There’s no arguing that Kristen Stewart is a teen icon. But that doesn’t mean that it’s her job to teach our children morals. Her upcoming movie On The Road contains a threesome, but it’s up to us as parents to discuss that with our teens and whether or not the act is immoral. More
Meet 11 -year-old Pubertina, the star of her own animated series in which she experiences the joyous blossoming of womanhood. Periods, acne, breasts, the whole awkward health class cliche, all the while journaling about her time of transition and –at least in this debut episode — her love of Rusty Sprinkler. More
Traditionally, teen years have always been pegged as the most difficult in childrearing — aside from the terrible twos. Moody, temperamental teenagers who keep to themselves and seem to find everything unsatisfactory can be exceeding difficult to shop for come the holidays. But now marketing has given us a new age bracket for gift ambiguity — the tween. Since childhood has been shortened yet again with an arbitrary term, we now have another gray area in which kid’s interests are no longer “kid-like.” More
Seventeen-year-old Courtney Stodden wasn’t always frolicking in pumpkin patches or being interviewed by Dr. Drew. The hopeful performer used to be a fresh-faced girl with a modeling portfolio. Quite a few photos of Courtney have turned up courtesy of her mother and manager Krista Stodden, and it looks like posing for cameras in short skirts with pouty expressions is something she has been doing for awhile now.
Hilary Duff, 23, may have made an earlier statement that she and her 30-year-old husband Mike Comrie were waiting to have babies, but the former Lizzie McGuire star has announced on her website that she is expecting. She and her husband have been married a year, and as if that wasn’t enough to convince fans that she’s all grown up, she has penned a a young adult novel in recent years as well as acting as producer for several films More
A very alarming study has recently been published revealing that today’s tweens (ages 9-11) value fame above all other pursuits. To give you some perspective, fame ranked 15th to children of the same age demographic in 1997. More
Back to school may be approaching but that doesn’t mean children should wait until then to crack the books. Summer reading can give children the opportunity to engage with books and consider plot lines and characters in a different way than in academic setting. Approaching their teen years, tweens are now able to interpret, understand, and appreciate literature on a slightly more advanced level. But even if you’ve been able to successfully get your kids reading some classics, you may have realized that many of them either prominently feature male protagonist or present rather two-dimensional female heroines.
Consider then this list of books when conveying to your tween that female heroines can be just as complex, brave, and showstopping. More
All parents are concerned with the images and films consumed by their children, and toys alone represent a specific market in which even the most laissez-faire of parents make informed choices about what exactly goes into their kids’ hands. Bratz dolls remain one of the most controversial, and while I have yet to meet a mother who describes herself as “pro-Bratz,” many seem to just grit their teeth and hope that the phase will pass. With big heads, skinny bodies, layers of makeup, and an emphasis on heels and miniskirts, Bratz dolls seem to embody everything that would make a parent squirm. But a mother over at The Guardian has gone a step further by deducing that once a little time passes, our collective feelings about Bratz dolls will align with our regretful sentiments about child labor. More
A study was recently published in the Journal of Children and Media illustrating how female pop stars influence French girls’ concepts of gender, femininity, and identity. The study, authored by Catherine Monnot, determined that girls between the ages of 9 and 11 years old embodied “codes of modern femininity,” and imitated the pop stars whose posters they had up in their rooms. They copied their idols with either singing, dancing, or style of dress placing them in a constant state of “apprenticeship.” More