The bullying conversation is one that every parent needs to have with their child. While some people still hold the belief that bullying is simply a part of childhood that every kid has to navigate, it can be very dangerous. With the Internet and social media, it is extremely difficult for children to escape bullies, even when they are supposedly safe at home. As parents, we need to be both proactive and reactive in order to protect our kids. Read these six tips for avoiding and addressing bullies:Continue Reading >
A young girl from Lakeland, Florida committed suicide by jumping from a tower, leaving hundreds of family members and friends in mourning. Despite getting help from her mother as well as a counselor--which included transferring schools--Rebecca Ann Sedwick continued to be mercilessly bullied and ultimately gave up the fight. "She appeared to be beat down. She appeared to have a defeatist attitude," said Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd.
That's not even the worst part: What drove poor Rebecca to her death will shock you.Continue Reading >
A Utah dad of seven was so tired of his daughter wearing Daisy Dukes that he decided to give her a taste of her own medicine. I think I would've died if my dad had done something like this to me when I was teenager! But Scott Mackintosh loves his daughter Mylye so much that he was willing to embarrass himself to show her why she doesn't need to wear clothes that leave nothing to the imagination.Continue Reading >
Whether you have a toddler or a teenager, back-to-school is an important time to teach your child about staying safe while they are away from you. Everything from traffic to playgrounds and stranger danger, becomes an issue during school days, but you don't have to be paranoid. Instead, just be prepared--and make sure your kiddos are too! Here are seven tips to make sure they're protected before, during and after school:Continue Reading >
When Daniel Biljanoski was 12 years old, his parents were told he had less than a year to live. A cancerous tumor that covered a quarter of his brain had just been removed and, according to his doctors, survival was uncommon. Can you imagine hearing that about your child? Well, that was more than five years ago, and while many find it hard to believe, the now 17-year-old Daniel is cancer free, graduated high school with honors this summer, plays tennis and is about to start college where he plans to study medicine.
How did he do it?Continue Reading >
A 15-year-old Staten Island boy died during football practice last year after his parents say he was forced to continue playing despite the hot temperatures. Nicholas Dellaventura played an offensive lineman at St. Joseph by-the-Sea High School's junior varsity team when his body temperature rose to 110°F causing a heat stroke, hours after a team practice in July. The teen's parents say he stopped momentarily because he couldn't handle playing in the 80 degree weather and high humidity.
The coach, Salvatore Ferraioli, then pushed him to continue despite how winded the boy felt. Now Dellaventura's parents are suing the Archdiocese of New York, the school, the athletic director, the principal and the football coaches for $10 million. Good for them!Continue Reading >
It's inevitable: Your daughter will grow up and she will start dating! So the question, moms, isn't "How can I stop my daughter from going out with muchachos?" but rather: "How can I empower my daughter to make the right decisions about dating?"--things like, dating the right kind of guys, making sure to respect herself, and protecting herself from getting hurt.
All of this can be really scary for moms. But fear not, mamis: Jasmine V is here to help! The 19-year-old singer, who recently signed a record deal with Interscope Records, took time from her busy schedule to share some dating tips that moms can share with their daughters. Here are 5 dating tips for your teenage daughter, courtesy of Jasmine V!Continue Reading >
The time has come for a new generation of mamás Latinas to let go and to be the first to send our babies off to college. We hope to have played an instrumental role in helping create the character and to instill the values and moral foundation that our daughters need to continue to make the right choices and to succeed. As a Latina who straddles two cultures that at times seem to collide, raising a daughter in America hasn't always been easy. It's been hard to strike the perfect balance of my two cultures and between my career aspirations and being a mom.
John Coulter and his 15-year-old son had gone to an Arizona Cardinals' preseason game last Saturday when he made a split-second decision that could've sent him to jail. Coulter asked his son to hold his beer while he took a photo with his phone right after the opening kickoff. Within seconds, father and son had two undercover officers in their faces.Continue Reading >
A photo of a disturbing letter that was sent to the family of an autistic boy in Ontario, Canada, has been floating around the Internet since it was posted on Twitter on Monday, angering not only those in the Ontario area, but much of the English-speaking world. The letter was sent anonymously by a neighbor of the 13-year-old, who called the child "retarded," "a nuisance," and a "wild animal," leaving his mother, Karla Begley deeply saddened and afraid.Continue Reading >