April 30, 2017

Best not to be coolest kid in middle school later

coolest kid in middle school

It might have been tough not being the coolest kid in middle school, but new research shows that teens who weren’t part of the in crowd go on to have healthier lives once they hit adulthood. A study published Thursday in the journalChild Development shares that teens who were so focused on being popular were often… 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

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

10 common mistakes parents make (me included)

parenting mistakes

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

Truth behind the SAT overhaul

SAT overhaul

Since 2005, when the College Board added an essay to the SAT (raising the total possible score from 1,600 to 2,400) earliest findings showed that length, more than any other factor, correlated with a high score on the essay. More recently, Perelman coached 16 students who were retaking the test after having received mediocre scores… Read more

Is America finally fed up with the likes of Justin Bieber?

Justin Bieber

By Julie Samrick For months we’ve heard Justin Bieber is no role model. It’s not even cool for little girls to like him anymore (at least not with my second grader and her friends.) Just when I think the whole “he’s-not-a-good-role-model” message will finally rub off and the likes of teen stars gone wild like… Read more

How come our grandparents didn’t have food allergies?

grandparents didn't have food allergies

 A stark comparison to the growing epidemic, worsening with every generation. It’s really quite simple why our grandparents didn’t have food allergies but more and more kids today do… 1) They ate seasonal real food. Food came from farms and small markets in the early 1900′s, and because food preservatives were not widely used yet, food was… Read more

Yay or Nay to Elf on the Shelf?

Elf on the Shelf

By Julie Samrick Who knew a little Christmas elf could create internal conflict and even spark a mommy war? It wasn’t designed this way. The Elf on the Shelf was created by a mom in 2005 as a promise for more magic at Christmastime. Each household’s elf reports naughty or nice behavior back to the… Read more

Children burned by limes?

burned by lime juice

Stephanie Ellwanger’s daughters, 12 and 9, suffered from third degree burns, but no one knew the source until they finally figured out it was from lime juice. Read the rest of the story

Judge clears way to close 50 Chicago schools

A federal judge cleared the way for Chicago to close 50 public schools by denying a request from some parents to stop the closings because they affected mainly African-American students. Read more