Parenting Teen

Eraser Challenge + other dangerous teen trends you need to know about

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Derek Muharem, the principal at Bethel Middle School in Connecticut, recently sent home a letter to parents warning them about the ABC Eraser Challenge game that about a dozen students at the school have participated it. Students dare each other to take this challenge, then they basically mutilate themselves with a pencil eraser and compare the wounds. It's absurd and way more dangerous than you would think. Oh and Bethel Middle School is NOT the only school where it is happening. A simple online search for "eraser challenge" will bring up tons of videos.

So why are teens doing it and why is it so dangerous?

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College preparedness

An open letter to every mamá Latina sending her daughter off to school

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.

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The most dangerous teen trends you need to know about

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Teens seem to come up with more and more stupid things to do all the time. The latest craze is called NekNomination, a drinking game that originated in Australia and it has spread like wildfire thanks to social media. In essence, teens are given a crazy drinking dare and once they complete it they get to nominate someone else. 

Like Kieren Hunter, whose dare involved filming himself downing what could have been a fatal combination of whisky, vodka, rum, Southern Comfort and sherry. His mom found him passed out with vomit all over himself and thought he was dead. 

 

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My Gringa daughter has reconnected with her Chilean roots

My gringo husband, my children and I have been in Chile for the last two weeks visiting my family. My daughter Carolina, who is 18, has been doing wonderfully here. When I've asked her about the main differences between teens' lives here in Chile when compared to the United States she has said, "I love how everyone here greets you with hugs and kisses. Even when you meet a person for the first time she hugs and kisses on the cheek."

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A pesar de parecer "fastidiosas", las mamás lo único que quieren es estar cerca de sus hijos

Cuando vi este video, no pude evitar reírme como niña y acordarme de mi mamá. Fue hace apenas un años o 2, que la pobre entendió cómo usar Facebook.

Pero cuando aprendió, no deje de burlarme de los mensajes que le ponía a mi hermano, tales como: "Mauricio, no me has hablado", "Mauricio, ¿dónde estás?", "Mauricio, repórtate con tu madre", o la clásica de clásicas: "Mauricio, ¿qué comiste?"...

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Raising an introvert when you're anything but

A colleague recommended that I read Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain, after telling her that I was having a tough time understanding whether my 16-year-old son has "issues" socializing because of his hear impairment or because of his introverted personality. Unlike my daughter, my son would rather stay home on the weekends playing video games, reading a book, watching a movie or just hanging with my husband and me rather than being out with friends. When my daughter was his age, I hardly saw her!

My son is most similar to my husband who is an introvert. My daughter and I are definitely extroverts.

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Why I hate raising kids in this iWorld

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Recently, I watched Comedian Louis C.K. discussing children today and the effects of technology. You would think that with the advancement of technology, society would be evolving into a better place, but instead, too much technology has become a crutch and is hurting more than helping our children. Technology is castrating our children's humanity.

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¿Le pagarías a tu hija adolescente para que no tuviera sexo?

Hace pocos días fue publicado un artículo en The Atlantic donde la autora se preguntaba si era necesario pagar a las adolescentes con tal de que dejarán de tener sexo. Un estudio en África mostró que es probable que sea una gran solución para evitar el embarazo en jóvenes.

El estudio no crean que fue patrocinado por una fundación católica ortodoxa, sino por la fundación de Melinda Gates. ¿Podríamos acaso detener los embarazos en jovencitas por medio de este tipo de chantaje? Parece que sí.

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Fall Sports & Family Fun guide

8 Ways to inspire teens to stay fit and play sports

It can be a fine balance between encouragment and pushiness when you're attempting to motivate your teenagers to stay fit and get involved in organized sports. If you don't introduce the idea, they may not realize it's an option, but if you come off as forceful they likely won't want to be bothered at all. So what's a proactive parent to do? Check out our eight tips for inspiring your kids to stay fit and play sports for some great ideas to get you started. 

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I was inspired by this young woman & you will be too!

I don't think my kids realize just how easy they've had it. My daughter Carolina is going away to college in a few weeks and as I sat in our kitchen listening to her worries: What outfits should I take? How should I decorate the dorm? Do you think I'll make any friends? Can we get a shower caddy?

I thought to myself that although this is all very overwhelming, her concerns seem so trivial relative to those of less fortunate teens that have had to overcome so many challenges and have dealt with so much adversity in their lives. 

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