February 24, 2018

Search ends for missing Israeli teens

missing Israel teens

Israel’s intense 18-day search for three abducted teenagers ended Monday when their bodies were found buried under a pile of rocks in an open field about 15 miles from where the youths were last seen in the occupied West Bank. A nation that had been enmeshed in hopeful prayer was instantly engulfed by a mix… 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

‘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

Dear Lonely Mom of Older Kids

coolest kid in middle school

By Rachel Anne Ridge Remember when it was easy to post photos of your adorable baby, or messy toddler on Facebook? Remember how you could publicly bemoan sleepless nights, and kids pooping in the bathtub? How your fridge was full of magnets and fingerpaintings that were impossible to tell what they depicted? You could talk… Read more

Mother forces daughter to hold “shame” sign after twerking

twerking at school dance

Frances Hena, of Bakersfield, forced her 11-year-old daughter, Jamie, to hold the sign for two hours on Monday after learning that the girl had been twerking at a school dance despite her mother’s warnings. Read more

Body Image tips for teens and parents

body image

By Jennifer Lombardi Tips for a Healthy Summer Body Image:   Tip #1: Join a yoga class for relaxation, a dance class for fun or an aerobics class because it makes you feel good. Tip #2: Remove “good food, bad food” talk from your vocabulary. Remember it’s all about moderation. Tip #3: Don’t feel pressured… Read more

Why I won’t let my sixth grader have a cell phone

Why I won't let my sixth grader have a cell phone

By Julie Samrick My oldest child begins middle school this week and his pleas for more technology have reached crescendo levels.  He’d like instagram on his iPod; he needs to check You Tube on my laptop “real quick.” Many of his peers have received cell phones for sixth grade, and he’d like to know when… Read more

Teens save abducted girl

Temar Boggs

Two hours after she was abducted from the front yard of her apartment complex, 5-year-old Jocelyn Rojas of Pennsylvania was found safe—by two teenage boys on bicycles. One of the boys, 15-year-old Temar Boggs, is now being hailed as a hero, the Huffington Post reports. Read more

Why Smoking Alcohol is Dangerous to your Health

smoking alcohol

There is evidence that smoking alcohol is gaining some traction — and not just among college kids and adolescent risk takers. It’s popular among people who want to lose weight and don’t want the calories that come from consuming alcohol. Read more

Why Tumblr is In and Facebook is Out for Teens

tumblr is in

Teenagers really are over Facebook. In February the social network warned investors that “our younger users … are aware of and actively engaging with other products and services similar to, or as a substitute for, Facebook.” Like Tumblr. Read why this is happening