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Just because they share half their DNA....

Should I help my daughter connect with her half-sister? Or more precisely, should I help my daughter's half-sister connect with her? [more inside]
posted by marionett gjorda av strumpor on Jun 19, 2014 - 22 answers

Books for tweens set in New York City

Some friends are coming to visit NYC and I'd like to get their kids some fiction set in the city. [more inside]
posted by The Elusive Architeuthis on May 24, 2014 - 19 answers

How young is too young for dyed hair?

My son is 12, and he's set on dying his hair jet black. I'm not sure what reasons I should give if I tell him no, or what consequences may arise if I tell him yes. I'm hoping to hear from some of you with experience raising, teaching, or being a child like this. [more inside]
posted by bibliowench on Apr 8, 2014 - 80 answers

Kanji wear it, redux

Same question as last time - what do these letters say? The blood and skulls make it school unfriendly, but I'd like to know what the kids are parading around saying ...
posted by tilde on Apr 5, 2014 - 5 answers

Tween party games

Please suggest some indoor party games that have gone over well with tween (10-11 year old) girls. [more inside]
posted by yawper on Feb 12, 2014 - 14 answers

I've been dreading this moment.

Jeoc jr. just turned 11, and is starting to get a few pimples. Both me and Mr. Jeoc had terrible skin as teenagers (and I still struggle with occasional breakouts and general skin texture issues). Her skin still has that luminous amazing child-like glow, but she has gotten a few pimples and her pores on her nose are clogged. [more inside]
posted by jeoc on Jan 8, 2014 - 52 answers

Books that allow ten y/o girl take new feelings out on "test drive"?

There is a scene in season 3, episode 4 of Louie ("Daddy's Girlfriend Part 2") where Louie is in a bookstore asking the salesperson (Parker Posie) about recommendations for his ten year old daughter. There is a great exchange where Parker Posie reveals to Louie that there are things about being female, that at that age, start coming "online." And that she knows of books that can "take these feelings, these big emotions, they let you take them out for a safe kind of spin." Then she hands Louie a book. At first I was dying to know what book, specifically, that was. Then I thought I might ask Mefites for recommendations for those types of books. Can y'all help me out? Books for ten year old girls that let them take new teenage emotions and feelings out for a "spin"?
posted by Captain Chesapeake on Nov 29, 2013 - 36 answers

2 read or not 2 read? Need answer fast-turn to p 740. Asking for a fiend

This reminded me my friend that she finally got a copy of To Be Or Not To Be the other day -- and her tween who is wicked witty and wants to read more Shakespeare is going to be stuck for a couple of hours for then next few weeks during "homework time" doing nothing and required to remain quiet. Is this tweenish friendly? [more inside]
posted by tilde on Sep 3, 2013 - 5 answers

Help me find TV Shows (Live Action) for tween boys

My tween boy has been looking for live-action television shows that are boy-orientated to watch in the hour or two he watches tv on any given night. He's watched Kickin it, Lab Rats, Pair of Kings, etc. What else is there? [more inside]
posted by niteHawk on Jul 10, 2013 - 20 answers

Fun activities for a 12-year-old girl in Los Angeles?

My little sister -- an athletic, smart, totally awesome 12-year-old -- will be staying with me in the greater LA area in a couple weeks. I've been living here for a few years, but most of my spare time is spent on things like galleries/museums, strange, arty movie theaters, or experimental music shows (either watching or playing). This is the life for me, but I don't expect it to be enjoyable for my kid sister. So what are some fun things for a smart, conscientious pre-teen (tween? I don't know the terminology anymore) girl that likes to be outdoors or reading? [more inside]
posted by TheRoach on Jun 20, 2013 - 24 answers

How do I help my tween not hurt herself accidentally on purpose?

My tween daughter recently had a minor but serious accident that required a visit to the emergency room and a few days on narcotic painkillers. During this time she missed school, skipped homework and other normal activities, and basically got a lot of attention and concern from relatives and friends, and of course me, her mother. Now, having recovered, she's articulated that she misses all that special attention and has explicitly said that she wants to get hurt again. [more inside]
posted by marionett gjorda av strumpor on Apr 30, 2013 - 19 answers

Kanji wear it?

Any idea what this says? [more inside]
posted by tilde on Jan 1, 2013 - 12 answers

How to get a reluctant reader to love books?

How to get an 11-year old into reading? [more inside]
posted by Dragonness on Dec 29, 2012 - 33 answers

Should be Holland Park, but without the bark.

London Filter: Aunt and Mom plus one nephew looking for a place to stay mid-August. Any ideas that are three day weekend central to everything with some character? [more inside]
posted by Funmonkey1 on Jun 27, 2012 - 5 answers

What's a good birthday gift for a tween boy?

One of my friends' sons is turning 12. Help me find him a present. [more inside]
posted by pxe2000 on Apr 21, 2012 - 10 answers

Help overweight tween girl find clothes that fit

Please help me find stylish, attractive clothes that fit well for a tween girl who is somewhat overweight and not particularly tall-especially jeans, other kinds of pants, bathing suits, and other such items where expected weight/height ratio really matters and can't be fudged in the way that dresses and skirts can. They should be relatively reasonably priced, but I'm willing to splurge if that's the only way this is fixable. [more inside]
posted by corb on Mar 7, 2012 - 24 answers

Tips for a vegetarian tween

My 10 year old wishes to eliminate meat from her diet. I know in general of protein susbstitutes for meat, but not so much how to prepare them, or how much, etc. Please recommend your best sources of information, recipes, & insights into how to best help her do well in this regard. [more inside]
posted by subajestad on Jan 12, 2012 - 31 answers

How do I clothe my tween tomboy?

Cool for tweens -- where do I take the kid for back to school now that Justice (which was once Limited Too) is too "preppy" for her without subjecting her to social ostracism? Please suggest stores, brands, blogs or whatever. [more inside]
posted by Gucky on Jul 25, 2011 - 25 answers

Please recommend books for a tween boy

My eleven-year-old son needs more books. What would the hivemind recommend? [more inside]
posted by bluemoonegg on Jun 9, 2011 - 77 answers

Books for a 10 yr old?

I'm an Aunt who is utterly lost on what book would be good for her 10 year old nephew. He is just starting his first chapter books and I do not know what is good in tween? literature these days. Help? [more inside]
posted by kanata on Nov 28, 2010 - 53 answers

Birds and Bees Online

Not quite ready for Scarleteen: good web sites for tweens about sex? [more inside]
posted by Sublimity on Jun 23, 2010 - 10 answers

What size iPod Touch for a 12-year-old?

iPod Touch for a 12-year-old: More memory, or more buying power? [more inside]
posted by ferociouskitty on May 3, 2010 - 21 answers

Daughter set up Facebook when forbidden. Now what?

Tween daughter on facebook behind my back.. Want to educate and discuss without freaking out. Help! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 27, 2010 - 65 answers

Need Ideas for Tween Fortune Teller

My co-worker is hosting a Halloween-birthday party for her tween daughter and friends. Her daughter has decided she'd like to tell fortunes at her party and we're trying to come up with some cool, funny tween-friendly fortunes. Any ideas would be welcome.
posted by moonlitpines on Oct 22, 2009 - 12 answers

Create scale animation in Photoshop?

I am trying to create an animated button in Photoshop CS4 which includes a logo scaling down and moving a bit across the animation. I've created two frames that I'll tween between, but no matter what I do, when I scale the logo it changes in both frames. I've turned on and off the three unify buttons and the propagate frame 1 checkbox, and I've scaled using Transform and with the move tool options, every time it scales in both frames. Moving it from one position to another works just fine. Can anyone help?
posted by aaronetc on Oct 15, 2009 - 2 answers

Hosting my first-ever birthday party - and it's for a preteen!

I am throwing my first birthday party ever, for my pre-teen niece. Needless to say, I'm completely out of touch when it comes to kids' birthday parties (having not attended any since the 1980s) and don't know what's considered typical and usual. Please share your experiences and advice. [more inside]
posted by parilous on May 6, 2008 - 20 answers

Birthday present for tween girl who has everything?

Stumped for birthday present filter: Ideas for a 12-year-old girl who has everything? [more inside]
posted by cocoagirl on Sep 26, 2007 - 44 answers

Girls go online

Top websites for girls 9-14? Help me help my girlie tween find something fun online. [more inside]
posted by eatdonuts on Apr 11, 2007 - 19 answers

how do i spy on tweenage style?

bizarre consulting question. a friend of mine in a creative field has decided i'm the most fashionable person he knows. despite the fact that i'm a lawyer and have no children, he wants me to find out how a hip, cutting-edge tweenie girl would dress. aside from lurking around outside the local middle school (and reading your standard tween rags), what can i do to gather the necessary data? [more inside]
posted by crush-onastick on Aug 24, 2006 - 14 answers

Tween Music Intervention

I need some advice with music for my tween (10.5 year old) niece. The family was on vacation together and I was looking at her iPod and it was chock full of Brittney Spears and Kelly Clarkston etc... and that makes me sad. Granted, I understand that she is young and will grow out of that but I really want to get her horizons broadened early. Any suggestions or thoughts? [more inside]
posted by GrumpyMonkey on Aug 18, 2006 - 83 answers

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