Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Bar Mitzvah Fashion - 13 Year Old Tween Zeke Aspires to Esquire Style

It's not often that one hears about tween boys and fashion in the same sentence, so we were pleasantly surprised to stumble upon this post by 13-year old Zeke in Esquire magazine.  Not only does Zeke have style, but he can write to-boot! Check out his quest for the perfect, modern yet young bar mitzvah suit.

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Tween Designer Launches Line at Nordstrom

Be prepared to learn a new name in fashion: Isabella Rose Taylor. She's a twelve-year-old tween from Austin, TX who just sold her line to Nordstrom. The retailer will be carrying Ms. Taylor's line for the Back to School season this year and just showcased it at the fashion trade show WWD Magic Show in Las Vegas last week.

According to the young designer, “My clothing collection targets tweens/teens. I am designing for my peers. We want to be fashionable but we also want to be comfortable. My current Spring/Summer 2014 Collection mixes fun prints and patterns for what I call a hippie-grunge vibe.”
Below are a few pieces currently available from the designer's website:
Downtown Jersey Sweatshirt, $45
Silver In a Cinch Dress with magenta exposed zipper, $40 (on sale)

Very, very cool!

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Sign the Petition to Create a Disabled American Girl Doll of the Year

Loyal readers know that we are HUGE fans of American Girl. That's why we were so moved to learn about the petition by tween sisters Melissa and YingYing Shang to lobby American Girl President, Jean McKenzie to create a disabled American Girl doll.

Melissa is 10 years old and has a form of muscular dystrophy - and she's also a huge American Girl fan. In her words, "Girls of the Year have helped me understand how it feels to be someone else. However, none of the American Girl Girls of the Year are like me. None of them have a disability."  Melissa writes about how American Girl has helped her to learn what it's like to be a girl who has a passion for gymnastics (like McKenna) or art (like Saige). She'd love for the company to help tell the story of other American girls like her who have a disability.

We think that Melissa is spot-on and that creating a disabled American Girl doll will only help to further the company's mission to teach empathy and inspire girls around the world. To sign Melissa's petition, go to Change.org

You can view a message from Melissa herself here:



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Friday, January 3, 2014

Tweens, Selfies and Royals

If your tween loves selfies, she's in good company - royal company, even. Check out Prince William and his selfie with 12-year old tween on Christmas Day: http://www.vanityfair.com/online/daily/2013/12/prince-william-tween-rare-royal-selfie
Madison Lambe’s unique selfie taken with Prince William. See News Team story NTISELFIE: Prince William followed in his father’s footsteps when he ...
image via SWNS

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Make a Thanksgiving Care Package With Your Tween

We are big fans of Daily Candy, and today they posted a terrific video about to make a Thanksgiving care package to send to a homeless shelter near you. What we particularly love about this project is that it involves your kid.
'Hope your Thanksgiving is full of laughter and love.



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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Tween Reads Book Festival - October 19th!

Our tweens LOVE seeing their favorite authors, and we've covered our fair share of book talks and book signings here in D.C. (In fact, this past Friday night found our tween at Wilson High School listening to an amazing talk by Rick Riordan - and she came back with a Camp Jupiter tee to boot! But I digress . . .)
If you are lucky enough to find yourself in Houston, Texas this Saturday, October 19th, check out the Tweens Read Book Festival. The line-up of authors looks incredible and includes Shannon Hale, D.J. Machale, Lisa Greenwald, Lisi Harrison, Jude Watson, and T.A. Barron!

Last year's festival drew 750 kids; this year it's being held at South Houston High School.
 If you go, please send us your post, and we'll share it with all of our followers!
Happy reading!

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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Update from the Discovery Girls Tween Summit

Check out this terrific interview of two tween sisters from Kansas City as they talk about their experience at the Discovery Girls Tween Summit:



The sisters talk bullying, technology, and giving tweens a voice.

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Tween's Review of Disney "Teen Beach Movie"

Did you know that you can watch the new Disney "Teen Beach Movie" before it premieres on Disney Channel tomorrow night? The WATCH Disney Channel app allows you to watch exclusive content in advance. Our tween downloaded the app (with mom's permission) onto her iTouch. It prompted us to login our Xfinity credentials, and then she was off and running! 
She watches all of her favorite Disney Channel shows like Austin & Ally, A.N.T. Farm, Jessie, and Good Luck Charlie  This week she saw the promo to watch the new "Teen Beach Movie" BEFORE the premiere on Friday, July 19th - she jumped on the link! 
Here is her review:
I think that "Teen Beach Movie" was a movie that I'll watch over and over again because it was so fun to listen and dance to the 1962 musical numbers. I also loved the amazing choreography and synchronization. Teen Beach Movie is mainly about being young and enjoying life and not to be to anxious to grow up. The one thing I didn't like was that Lescamanbear and the mad scientist were defeated so easily. 


Friday, June 14, 2013

New Video Game Trains Girl Superheroes

This bit caught our eye: PBS has developed a new video game in which tween and teen girls build avatars and get trained as superheroes. The game is called "Wonder City" and is a follow-up to the film, "Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroine".
Instead of dressing up, getting a makeover, or climbing the social ladder, girls earn points for leadership skills, improving the reputation of women in the media, and the like. Three cheers for that!

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Sunday, May 19, 2013

Emma Watson Warns That Social Media Is Shortening Childhood

The actress who earned fame as a tween stars in a new film in which social media looms large. While at Cannes promoting her new film, The Bling Ring by Sofia Coppola, Ms. Watson said, " I think it’s amazing how self-aware people are becoming as a result of constantly posting images on Facebook and Instagram. They’re blissfully unaware their childhoods are being shortened. That period of time when you’re not self-conscious is sped up."

During an interviewshe added, "I think technology is playing a really big part in a sense that everything has started moving so much quicker. We are becoming saturated with images. They can embody whatever they [fans] project onto that image. It’s very different; it has very little to do with reality."

Ms. Coppola added, "The idea of no privacy has become the norm."

Managing social media for tweens has been a challenge of modern parenting. Our tips for managing the digital footprint of your tween and creating a family technology policy can be found here - please add your tips! 

Original article at the U.K. Daily Mail here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2325875/Emma-Watson-blames-social-media-shortening-childhood.html

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