Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Tween Academy - Don't Fret the Sweat

Last week, I was invited to participate in a forum at The Motherhood on Tweens and Communication.

It's no secret around here that I happen to two difficult precocious tweens.

The Tween Academy, sponsored by Unilever, offers parents live forums to discuss important topics involved in raising tweens.

The conversation was led by parenting expert and New York Times bestselling author of Queen Bees and Wannabes, Rosalind Wiseman.

In our discussion, we shared best practices for keeping open lines of communication with our tweens, ways to overcome communication challenges, and how to let our kids know we are on their side.

Chatting with other moms definitely reminds you theat you're not alone in this endeavor. It was great to share tips with other tech savvy moms on how to compete for our kids' attention over text messaging and Facebook. It was also great to have validation that I'm not "the meanest mom on the planet" for not letting my two under 13 kids have a Facebook account and requiring full access to their text messages.

The Motherhood also does a great job recapping the conversation for those who missed it. You can also follow the ongoing discussion by following Don't Fret the Sweat on Facebook!

In addition to providing great resources to parents, The Motherhood and Unilever are providing one lucky Only Parent Chronicles reader with a Unilever gift pack.

Gift Pack Contents
  • 1 Vera Bradley hand bag
  • 1 sample each of Dove, Degree Girl, & Degree Men Deodorant
  • Rosalind Wiseman’s books Queen Bees and Wannabes and Boys, Girls & Other Hazardous Materials
To win: This giveaway is open to residents of the continental United States 18 years of age and older. If your email address is not visible in your profile, you must leave it in your comments. Winner will be selected randomly using and must reply within 48 hours of notification or a new winner will be selected. Giveaway will be open from 9:00 am October 12, 2011 through 5:00pm October 19, 2011.

Mandatory entry: Leave a comment telling me how Tween Academy could be useful to you or someone in your life.

*I was compensated by The Motherhood to participate in Tween Academy as a co-host and received a Unilever gift pack for myself in addition to the gift pack provided for a lucky winner.


April said...

Hi Kristin!
I don't have tweens, anymore, but I'm fully immersed in the teenage years and all the drama that comes with it. My youngest daughter turned 15 yesterday and I wrote about some of the challenges I'm facing with her right now...mainly communication and opening up to me about what's troubling her. So, I'm certain that Tween Academy can offer me some wonderful insight about how to open the lines of communication without coming across in a negative or interrogative way. Thanks for the opportunity to win your giveaway...what FUN!

Becky said...

My daughter is almost 10 and becoming a full on tween. I know I can use Tween Academy to help me navigate the next few years of our lives.

kt moxie said...

My daughter is only 7, but I swear she's a tween in training with all the drama!

Rebecca said...

having an 11yr old it would be nice to meet other mom's of 11yr olds and talk

Bronwen said...

This would be great as a mother of two teenagers and one 8 year old who is very much a tween sometimes!!

Julie said...

offer great tips on how to talk with your tween/teenager ...just what I need to communincate
better with my daughter

Stormy said...

It would be great for my SIL to help her learn how to better communicate with her tween1

stormyblogs at yahoo dot com

Randi S said...

I'm not a mother of a tween myself- my son is only 4, but I do have friends with tweens that might benefit...and I LOVE Vera Bradley:)

R. said...

I know many parents of tweens who would benefit from the information.

rebecca.nvcl (at)

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