December 18, 2017

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

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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

Homework hasn’t increased in 30 years

Parental concerns about ever-expanding homework assignments for their children may be misguided, according to new research suggesting that students’ homework burdens have barely changed in 30 years. Read more  

10 common mistakes parents make (me included)

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By Kari Kubiszyn Kampakis When I became a mom, I got lots of advice on how to love my child. But not until a few years ago did someone actually point out that loving a child means wanting what’s best for them long-term. When my four daughters were young, long-term didn’t resonate with me. Back then it was about… Read more

The fragility of modern kids is a big problem

fragility of modern kids

The fragility of modern kids is being challenged by psychologists who say parents are overprotecting, overindulging and overscheduling their children to the point where they expect perfection in every area other than hardiness, leaving kids floundering. Read more

Girls, Let the Guy Pay!

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By Julie Samrick As my husband and I were on a date recently, I couldn’t help but notice the cute young couple waiting along with us in the restaurant’s lobby.  Their hands clasped together, they looked tenderly into each other’s eyes. Most likely they were students attending the college in the town we were in…. Read more

Happy Guinness World Record Day!


See what records are attempted to be broken today, including what 400,000 American school children are up to. Read more 

Parents used to be first- Now it’s all about the kids

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By Ann Van De Water   I was telling my husband and ten year old twins the other night that when I grew up we didn’t have central air-conditioning.  Nobody I knew did. I grew up in Rochester, NY and a summer day that hit 85 was a news-breaking heat wave.  My Dad installed an air-conditioner in… Read more

The Age of Overparenting- Why and How to Let Kids Be Kids

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Can there be such a thing as over parenting?  The author of this piece makes so many excellent points about the type of hovering, yet well-intentioned, parenting that is so prevalent today…”I’ve begun to wonder if, by becoming so attuned to their every need and so controlling of their every move, I’ve somehow played a… Read more

Davy Jones Was a True Teen Idol


Detroit Free Press columnist and author of the bestselling memoir Tuesdays with Morrie, Mitch Albom recently discussed how Davy Jones was the quintessential teen idol, comparing him to the celebrity culture of teen heartthrobs today: “The stories themselves were equally gushing. There was no talk of drugs, arrests, DUIs or sex. Maybe they’d mention a first… Read more