Ultimate Tween Birthday Parties

Tween Birthday Parties
Tween Birthday Parties

Everyone loves a party especially tween girls, but planning a party for this age can be tricky. The following suggestions will show you how to plan an awesome birthday party for tweens and give you a guide of what to do and when to do them.

1. Two months prior– start discussing ideas with your tween – like will the party be at the house or outside.  How many friends will she be allowed to invite?  What type of theme is appropriate – is it a spa party, or a classic girls sleepover?

2. Three to four weeks before – Finalize your theme.  At  Based on the theme, your venue and budget, decide on a final guest list. and get invitations.    If you’re not inviting everyone in your daughter’s class, it’s best to mail out the invitations to the guests’ homes – this will spare any hurt feelings.

3. Three weeks before – Send out those invitations, and be sure to include an RSVP date and contact information.    Make sure you put down the start and end time of the party and any other additional information – like sleeping bags required if you’re having a sleepover.

You can start buying paper goods and the decorations now.

4. Two weeks before – This is when the RSVPs should be rolling in – keep track of everyone who’s responded and those that haven’t.  You might want to create a menu inspired by your theme. This is where you and your kids can get creative, researching recipes and finding ways to incorporate the theme into kid-friendly fare.   Start stockpiling non-perishable food items like drinks and chips.

Plan out any games or activities you’ll want to play.  You can use the internet to research party games and find out what supplies you need to have on hand.

5.  One week before – It’s almost show time for your tween’s birthday party. Now’s the time to order the cake from the bakery or finish up you’re the homemade version.   See if there are any other menu items you can prepare ahead and store in your freezer.

6.  Three days before – Get the rest of the food and beverages. Clean the house, if you’re having it at home, or confirm all the details with the venue.  Help your daughter pick out her outfit.

7. One Day Before – start decorating and checking all the last minute items off your list.

Day of – Enjoy! By following these simple guidelines you can create the ultimate tween birthday party, one that your daughter will remember for years to come.

Preventing Your Tween from Being a Cyberbully Victim

In recent years as more and more kids go online, the incidence of cyberbullying has also spiked. Cyberbullying is not something to be taken lightly and even younger kids are experiencing situations of cyberbullyng.   It is important to discuss the issue with your tween to increase awareness of the issue.

Cyberbullying occurs when a child bullies another kid in an online venue. While the bullying is not taking place in person, it is still a very serious issue. Teens that use the internet to cyberbully traditionally target their peers and smear their names or issue threats. Cyberbullying is not typically a one time occurrence; it is an ongoing issue that will continue until the matter is addressed, either by authority figures or by the tween themselves.

Victims of cyberbullying usually become self-conscious or withdraw into themselves. Acceptance is what every child wants, especially from their peers. When a kid  is bullied instead, whether online or off, they can become very depressed and even express signs of self-hatred.

It is important, as a parent, to be aware of any changes in your tween’s  attitude or behavior as these can be early warning signs that something is not quite right. Addressing the issue head-on can be beneficial for both of you. Lack of parental support can lead to feelings of isolation and loneliness, along with depression.