tween

Friday Night Fever

Written on May 3, 2013 at 2:15 pm , by

I spent the past couple months binge-watching Friday Night Lights—all 76 episodes of it. I’d heard how great it was, but c’mon—high testosterone teens playing football in Texas? Not my thing. But one cold winter night I called up the pilot on Netflix. I was smitten—with gruff, beleaguered coach Eric Taylor, his plucky, resilient wife Tami, the high school hijinks, the tragic accident at the big game. Never has small town life–in all its ordinariness and glory–been so wonderfully captured. FNL is about so many things—the bittersweetness of growing up, dreams fulfilled and shattered, the blessings and burdens of our loved ones, issues like class and race. It’s warm, funny, heartbreaking, exhilirating. Just like real life.

I felt only slightly guilty indulging myself night after night while my 12-year-old, Nat, slouched over her homework. Not that my addiction escaped her. One evening she asked what I was watching and why I loved it so much. Then, when I had finished the incredible 5th season finale (Kleenex pls!) she asked if I would rewatch it with her. We’re now finishing up the first magnificent season, and it’s been an amazing bonding experience. Not surprisingly, Nat’s big into the Taylor family drama. Mr. and Mrs. Coach bicker and fight, but their marriage is as solid as it gets. Daughter Julie is a smart, petulant 15-year-old in the throes of first love. No doubt Nat is watching Julie looking for clues and cues to her own future—and enviously eyeing Julie’s locker at Dillon High (Nat’s school doesn’t have them). Like me, she’s even grown to like football…well, kinda.

What shows have you and your tween bonded over? Do you have a huge crush on Coach, like me?

Trend Alert: Tween Girls Decorating Inside of Lockers

Written on October 11, 2011 at 4:38 pm , by

When I was in middle school our locker decorations were pretty simple and, I now realize, really boring. I put up pictures of my friends, a mirror and maybe a dry-erase board if I was lucky. These days, though, girls can create a miniature room of their own with great new accessories available today.

According to the New York Times, this growing trend includes more than just a photo of the latest heartthrob (Justin Timberlake when I was growing up). Girls across the country are outfitting their school lockers with miniature furry carpets, lamps and chandeliers (like the ones above), mirrors, decorative flowers and magnetic wallpapers in all kinds of fun colors and patterns.

Two moms even started the company LockerLookz, creating some of these fun products for kids, after other moms admired the creative way they helped their daughters decorate. On the site, you can get wallpapers, fashion bins, mirrors, dry-erase boards, flowers, rugs, lamps and those super-adorable chandelier in patterns like zebra or polka dots in bright colors.

But some think the trend goes too far and takes the focus away from books (what should traditionally be kept in your locker).

Tell us, momsters: What do you think? Is this a fun trend you’d let your daughter try out or do you find it kind of ridiculous? Share with us in the comments below!