Teens typically play practical jokes on each other, but one joke went a bit too far and left a teen boy in a coma. The 17-year-old boy who is hospitalized was goofing off with another group of boys returning to class from their lunch break. One of the kids thought it would be funny to prank him the way most teens do each other, but didn't realize how deadly it was going to be.
Not only is this instance scary, but if your sons aren't careful, it can happen to them too!Continue Reading >
I thought I'd heard every term out there to describe abstinence in sex ed classes, but I was wrong. It wasn't until now that I learned about how some schools in Mississippi are comparing women who have sex to pieces of dirty chocolate or gum. What the hell?
Not only is this an absurd comparison but it's completely ignorant. Wait till you hear what teachers did in the classroom to prove their point. It might leave you dumbfounded!Continue Reading >
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?
A 35-year-old mother of three has been charged with murder and neglect after her 13-year-old son died of chronic starvation. The North Dakota woman, Jessica Lee Jensen, was arrested when police visited her home after she called telling them her son, Aidan Edward Bossingham, died. Medical help arrived at the home, but couldn't save the boy. What doctors learned through the medical examiner's observation is shocking and saddening.
The teen who could have been mistaken for a 3-year-old suffered from a human growth hormone issue that wasn't treated for years. How horrifying!Continue Reading >
What a heartbreaking story! An otherwise healthy 16-year-old cheerleader has died less than two months after finding out she had a cancerous tumor on her lungs. Sandra Martinez's family and friends are devastated and I can't even begin to imagine how her parents will deal with the unexpected death of their beautiful young daughter.Continue Reading >
A few years ago one of my clients announced that she was quitting her job to help her daughter prepare for college. I was shocked by her decision. Why would she stop working now after going through, what I imagined, were some of the most challenging years as a parent? Now I know!
The college preparation process is definitely one of the most stressful experiences I have endured as a parent. My daughter is currently a freshman at a prestigious university in Boston. She decided to go there because when she was accepted she was awarded a full-tuition scholarship! Now that I've gone through the process and know what to expect I believe that my experience with my son (a sophomore in high school) will be much less taxing. So I felt compelled to share some of my learnings with those of you with kids who are in middle school because the process to "stand out" starts the first year in high school.Continue Reading >
As a mom of two teens, I am fascinated by the case in the news about Rachel Canning, the 18-year-old student who is suing her family for financial support, after she says she was "forced out" from her home because she didn't want to obey her parents' rules. The case is receiving international media attention and I can totally understand why. I am sure that every mom who has raised teenagers can relate! Canning, a senior at a private Catholic high school in Denville, New Jersey, reminds me of my own daughter and so many other "typical" suburban teens.
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.
Seriously, I am already starting to hyperventilate when I think about my daughter leaving for college at the end of this month. I've already experienced a few mini breakdowns. But there are six things that I won't miss about dealing with a teenage girl at home:
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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