tweenage bonding tips + a Goosebumps 2 movie night

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My daughter just turned 12 this month and while I could do without the back-talking, sarcastic moments, I actually love having a tween! The older she gets, the more we have in common and one thing we share is our love for all things scary. We’re often spending nights cuddled up together in the dark watching the latest horror film and she’s still working her way through my collection of scary childhood books.

Are you guys excited about the release of Goosebumps 2 at Walmart? Savannah saw Goosebumps 2 in the theater with a friend, but I hadn’t seen it until recently when we watched it together at home. We have watched the first Goosebumps movie well over a dozen times, so we were both excited for the sequel, which did not disappoint! I mean, the gummy bear scenes alone make this a must watch movie. Hover over the image to below to shop for Goosebumps 2 at Walmart!

I grew up obsessing over R.L. Stine books, Fear Street and Goosebumps specifically. I even won a local spooky story contest (when I was also 12) and in my newspaper interview I listed R.L. Stine as my literary hero. Fan level 10. So seeing my daughter love the series and movies as much as I do is SO rewarding. It truly fills my heart! 

Tweens definitely have their moments and sometimes it can feel like they are pushing you away, when you know they really need the opposite. These are tricky waters to navigate at times but for the most part, it is a magical age where they are maturing/growing up yet still love to be a kid.

tweenage bonding tips

take an interest in their interests

If you want to have a good relationship with your tween, you have to take interest in things they like. It may not be the most thrilling thing to you, but there’s nothing wrong with faking it a bit for your kid’s sake, right? This could be taking them to events/conventions you’re not into or seeing a movie that totally isn’t your style or making a big giant mess making slime at home. It’s a small effort to see them smile.

be still; listen

As parents, it is second nature for us to talk, talk, talk. We always want to impart our “wisdom” and problem solve for our kids, when sometimes they just need us to just ZIP the LIP. If you want to know your tween and have them feel comfortable telling you things, you have to make room for their voice. Ask questions, be present and just listen.

carry on traditions

Tweens may be maturing and growing older, but they still know how to have fun like a little kid. Keep childhood traditions going, even if they might seem a little silly for their age. Traditions build big, long-lasting memories and give kids a sense of comfort and security.

set aside on-on-one time

I’m the first to admit that I sometimes give my youngest more attention than my oldest. Younger kids tend to need us parents more, but you definitely need to stay mindful of your older kids’ needs. I make a conscious effort to spend time alone with my tween, usually trips to the movies/mall/lunch or movie nights at home, no little brother in sight.

Movie nights are a regular thing in my house and they come in three styles: family, date night and mom/daughter. When it is a mom/daughter movie night, you better believe the feature film will be spooky/suspenseful/down right terrifying. For our Goosebumps 2 viewing, I decided it would be fun to add a craft to the experience, and what could be better than gummy bear slime?

I’m going to be honest, the gummy bear slime had one of the worst outcomes out of all the slimes we’ve made (which is a lot). For one, melted gummy bears are crazy sticky. For two, when gummy bears begin to cool, they turn into cement. It may have not been our best slime creation, but it was probably one of the most fun ones though. Savannah and I were laughing our butts off for an hour trying to perfect this recipe. There were moments that we had all four of our hands cemented together with cooling gummy bear slime and it was hysterical!

Starring Jack Black, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Chris Parnell, Ken Jeong, Madison Iseman, Jeremy Ray Taylor and Caleel Harris, Goosebumps 2 is the second installment of the Goosebumps brand based on R.L.Stine’s iconic book series. Pick up your copy of Goosebumps 2 at Walmart now, which also includes bonus features: gag reel full of hilarious hijinks, 3 all-new deleted scenes and 5 featurettes. This fun-filled, family-friendly PG movie is perfect for your next movie night!

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