February 18, 2018

‘Bossy’ should be least of our worries


By Julie Samrick When a girl takes the lead she’s often called bossy, yet when a boy’s bossy he’s seen as a leader, so say influential American women such as Facebook COO Sharon Sandberg, Girl Scouts USA CEO Anna Marie Chavez and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. In a recent piece to discuss the… Read more

CA girl sucked under train while retrieving phone

Jenna Betti

A California girl was sucked under a freight train and killed while retrieving her cell phone from the tracks this weekend. Jenna Betti, 14, was hanging out on the tracks with her boyfriend near Martinez on Sunday evening. The train crew of the eastbound Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway freighter said they saw the teens jump out of the… Read more

Teen’s flashlight invention to change the world?

Ann Makosinski

Ann Makosinski was just 16 when she won a local science fair with her invention, a flashlight powered solely by hand heat. One Google science fair later, she’s on her way to changing the world. Two years ago, Makosinski was inspired by a friend in the Philippines who didn’t have electricity – the girl told Ann… Read more

Common Core: a step in the right direction

Common Core

By Julie Samrick  My sixth grader’s middle school spent at least a month communicating the message the leap to middle school means the children put forth more effort, without the meddling of well-intentioned parents. If they forget their lunch, for instance, let them figure it out and they most likely won’t forget it again. We… Read more

7 things you totes need to stop saying if you’re over 30

cool mom

Here are the things you need to stop saying if you are over the age of 30. Or if you have a mortgage, or a job that comes with benefits. Or if you have teens. Especially, if you have teens. 1. Totes. When used as an abbreviation for the word “totally,” of course. If someone approaches… Read more

Why SnapChat is Dangerous

SnapChat is dangerous

I’ve been engaged in various forms of social media since AOL chat rooms in 1994. And I’ve never seen a more dangerous application targeting teenagers, specifically girls, than SnapChat. The premise of SnapChat is simple. You take a picture, send it to a friend, and they can only see it for up to 10 seconds… Read more

5 reasons teenagers are leaving Facebook

Think you know why teenagers are leaving Facebook for trendier social sites like Tumblr and Instagram? Read more

Computer grading will destroy our schools

The reason for the push towards artificial intelligence grading is both grim and obvious: money. Read more at Salon.

Parents live out pumpkin spice latte act of kindness

pumpkin spice latte act of kindness

A Pennsylvania’s family pumpkin spice latte act of kindness in honor of their daughter’s death has turned into a viral chain of good deeds and raising awareness for epilepsy. Read more  

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parenting mistakes

By Julie Samrick I served as a juror last week and along with eleven of my peers found the defendant guilty.  The young man had been charged with drug crimes, yet it was still a tragedy to see him squandering his life away. I kept thinking of my own sons, ages eleven and nine, and… Read more