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Divorced Before Puberty: Former Child Bride Details Marriage at Age 10 in New Book

Divorced at age 10. Credit: Amazon
Nujood Ali walked into a Yemeni courtroom and asked to see a judge, because she wanted a divorce. This may seem like a common tale of marital dissolution, but Nujood Ali was just 10 years old when she defied t...

Tween Wants Sexy Halloween Costume

Dear AdviceMama: My daughter is 10 years old and wants to be a fair maiden for Halloween. She fell in love with a costume in a catalog two months ago and insists it was meant for her. She's dreamt about it, talked about it and has even shown it to...

Jonas Brothers Launch Tween Clothing Line

The Jonas Brothers may have mixed things up a bit by establishing themselves as pop music stars before starring in their own tween-friendly sitcom, but no matter. From here on out they are following the standard Disney formula for separating parents ...

Why Does Dora Have To Grow Up?

Nickelodeon and Mattel have released an image of their all-new older Dora. She won't be replacing the original "Dora the Explorer," but what will this new "tween" Dora be called? Dora the Mall Shopper? Dora the Texter? By releasing the image, the ...

5 Reasons Why I Truly, Madly, Deeply Love the Jonas Brothers

Unlike some parents, when my 8-year-old pops in her Jonas Brothers CD, I don't breathe a heavy sigh and grit my teeth. I smile and sing along. Not only do I know all the words to the songs, I actually like them. I am not saying this as a parent wh...

Should Doctors Keep Minors' Info Confidential?

This is a tough one. I remember being a kid on the brink of being a teenager--we didn't have the word "tween" back then--sitting in my pediatrician's office waiting to get examined or get a shot or whatever. That doctor was not someone I felt like s...

Outgrowing the Kids' Table

I'm sure you remember as a kid sitting with all your sisters, brothers, and/or cousins at the kids table for your holiday meal. Most kids were fine with it, especially if it was, say, Thanksgiving dinner, Christmas dinner on Christmas Eve when the...

Dad teaches kid how to assemble rifle in 15 seconds

Ah, kids these days. And their parents too. I remember when I was a kid trying to impress people by getting my room clean as quickly as possible or hitting a badminton birdie farther than my dad. Clearly, as an eleven-year-old I had nothing on the ...

Study: kids reading less

Today, my seven year old and I spent the afternoon in the bookstore. While I was heartened to see many little kids enjoying books, I couldn't help but notice that there weren't many older kids browsing the aisles. After reading about this study, I th...

Should tweens be dating?

When I was eleven years old, I had a crush on a boy named Jeff. Unfortunately, Jeff only had eyes for Rachel and the two of them were considered a 'couple.' Back in those days, being a couple in sixth grade didn't mean anything more than eating lunch...

Big kid milestones

All of my kids are pretty naive and innocent when it comes to the opposite sex. They talk to girls and there have been light crushes, but nothing earth shaking.............yet. However, this week the twelve year old came home from an out-of-town bas...

Avoiding tweener sarcasm

Sarcasm and pre-teens. The two seem to go together like Mills and McCartney. More and more often these days I hear about some mouthy kid telling off his or her mom or dad...and the child isn't even thirteen years old. I remember when I was a kid--...

Lindsay Lohan's little sis involved in car crash

I guess it runs in the family. Ali Lohan, the 13-year-old little sister of Hollywood's most-popular celebrity meltdown, is apparently following in Lindsay's footsteps. The tween snuck out of the house to see a 16-year-old boy, who -- even though he ...

Never too young to invent something

Did you know the youngest person to be awarded a patent for an invention was only two years old? She invented a suction cup device that could be used by handicapped people to open a door. They say necessity is the mother of invention. But what if you...

Is there a new Sweet Valley High?

Occasionally, small publishing houses and authors ask me to do mini-book reviews for kid's books. Typically, I only write about them if I totally love the book (which: I just read Oh The Places You'll Go to Nolan for the first time last night and I t...

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