May 27, 2017

Growing up shouldn’t be easy

growing up shouldn't be easy

…Between delivering a few commencement addresses and listening to many more, here is what I believe graduates need to hear today. 1. Earn everything. It’s true that graduates today face a rough economy. Americans in their early 20s have to contend with a 10.6 percent unemployment rate — that’s twice the rate among people age… Read more

Today’s teens are the best-behaved generation on record

today's teens

The Centers for Disease Control released a monster report last week on the state of Americans’ health. The 511-page report makes one thing abundantly clear: today’s teens are behaving better right now than pretty much any other time since the federal government began collecting data. The teen birth rate is at an all-time low. Read the rest… Read more

Best summer book recommendations

summer book recommendations

Summer means the tantalizing prospect of having more time for reading stretches ahead of us — long, lazy summer days curled up with a book. With that in mind, Newbery Award-winning author Kate DiCamillo shared some summer book recommendations for readers ages 8-13 with NPR’s Melissa Block. DiCamillo is the author of Because of Winn-Dixie and The Tale of Despereaux,… Read more

Police warn against family decals

family decals

You’ve seen them on the back of SUVs, sedans and minivans, and now police are warning families about the dangers of family stick figure decals. These family decals seem harmless, and often represent parents, kids, and sometimes even the family pets. Some of the stick figure decals go as far as naming the children, their… Read more

Graduate of the year

Graduate

TAY THI NGUYEN is one of the mightiest people I’ve met, at 94 pounds. She has a towering presence, at a bit more than 5 feet tall. She is so strong that she probably could bench press 25 pounds. Three times Tay Thi has fainted while here at college, training to become an English teacher,… Read more

Middle school phone wars

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By Julie Samrick The verdict is still out whether or not the MTV effect will work on my sixth grader. When I was his age my mom delayed letting me watch MTV long enough that by the time I had the freedom to watch it, I’d never developed the habit and lost interest. My son… Read more

‘Every 15′ offers sobering reminder to teens

Every 15

By Julie Samrick One high school student lay dead, ejected from the vehicle her best friend drove seconds before. Only the frantic wails of a second passenger could be heard as she called her best friends’ names from the back seat, pleading for them to answer. The teenage drunk driver, also from the same high… Read more

7 dangerous apps parents need to know about

dangerous apps

Yik Yak – This app is one of the newest and one of the most dangerous. It allows users to post text-only Yaks of up to 200 characters. The messages can be viewed by the 500 Yakkers who are closest to the person who wrote the Yak, as determined by GPS tracking. Users are exposed to…Read more

Colorado 4th grader caught selling pot

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School officials said a 10-year-old fourth grade boy brought a small quantity of leafy marijuana to Monfort Elementary School in Greeley, Colorado, on Monday. “He sold it to three other fourth graders on the school playground, which resulted in a profit to the young man of $11,” John Gates, director of safety and security for… Read more

Prep school grads busted in drug ring

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Timothy Brooks, 18, and Neil Scott, 25, may have looked preppy, but they had intentions of making it as drug kingpins. “It’s crushing to me,” the defendants’ former lacrosse coach told Philadelphia Daily News as he struggled to hold back tears. “I feel bad for their families. It’s a sad day.” Nostrant said that Brooks, who graduated… Read more